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LukeLovesSecurity

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I've spent the past little while finding security and privacy focused alternatives for everything. I would switch to LineageOS, but certain apps like Netflix and banking apps won't work and to their credit, as they will scan to see if the device is rooted. I have put together a hypothetical security configuration to use on my Galaxy S7.

Main security: Bitdefender Antivirus Free, AdGuard For Android (paid), IMSI Catcher, Bitdefender USSD Protection, Find My Device

Temporary Security (Will be uninstalled after first scan): Norton Hault, Kaspersky Threat Scan, Bitdefender Carrier IQ, Trend Micro Shellshock Detector

Other but relevant apps: LessPass, FreeOTP, LastPass, OpenKeychain, SSE Universal Encryption

VPN (configured through AdGuard): NordVPN

DNS: NordVPN DNS

I wanted to have both a firewall and VPN without rooting, and with AdGuard, I can configure NordVPN within the app, while it acts as a firewall and content blocker. I chose to use NordVPN DNS to avoid DNS leakage, and it is pointless to use AdGuard DNS if I am already using the app. I got Bitdefender Free because it has arguably the best detection rate for android, and I don't care for the extra anti-theft features as they don't work since I am using Signal instead of the default SMS messenger. I am unsure if it has real-time protection, but if it doesn't, it won't matter as AdGuard will be used as a firewall and content blocker 24/7.

The reason I have both LessPass and LastPass is because I am in the process of changing all my passwords to LessPass, but eventually I will be able to get rid of LastPass.

UPDATE: Everyone is recommending I don't root my phone, and I never said I was, so I'm confused where that is from. :ROFLMAO:But it was also recommended I just install apps from the google play store. As I explained earlier, I am trying to move as far away from Google services as I can, so I won't be using the play store much. Just wanted to clear that up so I don't get more replies recommending something I am trying to avoid. :p
 
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I've spent the past little while finding security and privacy focused alternatives for everything. I would switch to LineageOS, but certain apps like Netflix and banking apps won't work and to their credit, as they will scan to see if the device is rooted. I have put together a hypothetical security configuration to use on my Galaxy S7.

Main security: Bitdefender Antivirus Free, AdGuard For Android (paid), IMSI Catcher, Bitdefender USSD Protection, Find My Device

Temporary Security (Will be uninstalled after first scan): Norton Hault, Kaspersky Threat Scan, Bitdefender Carrier IQ, Trend Micro Shellshock Detector

Other but relevant apps: LessPass, FreeOTP, LastPass, OpenKeychain, SSE Universal Encryption

VPN (configured through AdGuard): NordVPN

DNS: NordVPN DNS

I wanted to have both a firewall and VPN without rooting, and with AdGuard, I can configure NordVPN within the app, while it acts as a firewall and content blocker. I chose to use NordVPN DNS to avoid DNS leakage, and it is pointless to use AdGuard DNS if I am already using the app. I got Bitdefender Free because it has arguably the best detection rate for android, and I don't care for the extra anti-theft features as they don't work since I am using Signal instead of the default SMS messenger. I am unsure if it has real-time protection, but if it doesn't, it won't matter as AdGuard will be used as a firewall and content blocker 24/7.

The reason I have both LessPass and LastPass is because I am in the process of changing all my passwords to LessPass, but eventually I will be able to get rid of LastPass.
Any problem with last pass? (I'm using it) Im using Lookout with no problems. It saves my phone numbers with the free version. PIA is my vpn, has built in blockers.
I've spent the past little while finding security and privacy focused alternatives for everything. I would switch to LineageOS, but certain apps like Netflix and banking apps won't work and to their credit, as they will scan to see if the device is rooted. I have put together a hypothetical security configuration to use on my Galaxy S7.

Main security: Bitdefender Antivirus Free, AdGuard For Android (paid), IMSI Catcher, Bitdefender USSD Protection, Find My Device

Temporary Security (Will be uninstalled after first scan): Norton Hault, Kaspersky Threat Scan, Bitdefender Carrier IQ, Trend Micro Shellshock Detector

Other but relevant apps: LessPass, FreeOTP, LastPass, OpenKeychain, SSE Universal Encryption

VPN (configured through AdGuard): NordVPN

DNS: NordVPN DNS

I wanted to have both a firewall and VPN without rooting, and with AdGuard, I can configure NordVPN within the app, while it acts as a firewall and content blocker. I chose to use NordVPN DNS to avoid DNS leakage, and it is pointless to use AdGuard DNS if I am already using the app. I got Bitdefender Free because it has arguably the best detection rate for android, and I don't care for the extra anti-theft features as they don't work since I am using Signal instead of the default SMS messenger. I am unsure if it has real-time protection, but if it doesn't, it won't matter as AdGuard will be used as a firewall and content blocker 24/7.

The reason I have both LessPass and LastPass is because I am in the process of changing all my passwords to LessPass, but eventually I will be able to get rid of LastPass.
Isnt your os behind on patches? I have a nexus, so im always current.............
 
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steel9

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I would switch to LineageOS, but certain apps like Netflix and banking apps won't work and to their credit, as they will scan to see if the device is rooted.
You don't need to root to install LineageOS. On my old unrooted Galaxy S4 Mini which has LineageOS 14.1 (Android 7.1.2), Netflix seems to works fine (haven't tested watching offline though)
 
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LukeLovesSecurity

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Honestly, if you dont root your device and only download apps from the Play Store, an android antivirus is not necessary.
Save your RAM and battery.
I am moving away from Google services as much as possible, so I won't be downloading from the Play Store much. I don't mind sacrificing ram, I got 4GB on this beast. As far as battery, I got a portable battery since I knew adding AdGuard would waste a lot of it.

I am also trying to control exactly what goes on in my phone, so I will need a firewall.

I'm willing to make sacrifices for security and privacy. :p
 
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LukeLovesSecurity

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I second that.
This setup is a bloat and a waste of the resources.
I don't think you understand what I am trying to do. I am trying to put the phone on lock down, so I will need a firewall.

And I don't see what would be considered bloat. The apps all have different necessary functions.
 
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LukeLovesSecurity

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You don't need to root to install LineageOS. On my old unrooted Galaxy S4 Mini which has LineageOS 14.1 (Android 7.1.2), Netflix seems to works fine (haven't tested watching offline though)
Hmm, I'd have to look into it. Besides, it is a big change to replace the OS, so I think I will stick with Android till Purism's phone comes out.
 
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LukeLovesSecurity

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+1.
I nv root my phone. And the only security apps (some think it doesn't) I installed is Adguard.
I would only use AdGuard, but USSD exploits worry me, and I will be installing outside the play store, so I just added Bitdefender to scan for whenever I install a new app.
 

LukeLovesSecurity

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Any problem with last pass? (I'm using it) Im using Lookout with no problems. It saves my phone numbers with the free version. PIA is my vpn, has built in blockers.

Isnt your os behind on patches? I have a nexus, so im always current.............
Using LastPass is putting your trust in LastPass. Surely they may claim there isn't anything fishy going on, but it isn't open source, so we can't tell. I just want to be in control of my passwords instead of someone else. As far as patches, I am unsure how up to date Samsung is, but that is only a small part in security. I still need a firewall and content blocker, and I have an antivirus since I am installing apps outside the play store.
 

Faybert

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I'll refer you to the post above in response to brod56. Installing from the play store isn't what I plan to do.
So you want security and privacy on Android? So throw the cell phone in the trash, because this is impossible in today's times, especially privacy.
 

LukeLovesSecurity

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So you want security and privacy on Android? So throw the cell phone in the trash, because this is impossible in today's times, especially privacy.
How is privacy impossible? I may have to sacrifice a few things, but it isn't impossible.

Let me rephrase, what exactly would be compromising my privacy?
 

brod56

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So you want security and privacy on Android? So throw the cell phone in the trash, because this is impossible in today's times, especially privacy.
Im not sure about the security part, because nowadays Android is a pretty safe environment for regular people. About privacy, I definitely agree, because there's very little way one can escape from at least the Google Play services collecting data.
 
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Faybert

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How is privacy impossible? I may have to sacrifice a few things, but it isn't impossible.

Let me rephrase, what exactly would be compromising my privacy?
Well, if you use Android, obviously Google will have access to almost everything you do, your number, your number of contacts, your email, what you search for, your location (where you live, places you visit), and other things, you can even avoid many things, but 100% privacy there is no friend.
 
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LukeLovesSecurity

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Im not sure about the security part, because nowadays Android is a pretty safe environment for regular people. About privacy, I definitely agree, because there's very little way one can escape from at least the Google Play services collecting data.
While google will try to collect data, with AdGuard, I will be able to block any trackers or ads. Furthermore, the only Google services I would use are Google Play Games, Google Play Store, and Find My Device. All of which, Google would not be able to spy on much if anything.
 
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