SECURE: Advanced Pixel 4a Security config for 2021

Last updated
May 5, 2021
Brand
Google
Model
Pixel 4a
Mobile OS
Android
Mobile OS version
11
Mobile system updates
Manual - check for updates, but do not install system updates
Mobile app updates
Manual - do not update any apps
Special app access
Limited access - some apps are allowed to install unknown apps - see below for details
Allowed unknown apps
Files app by Google
Play Protect settings
Automatic - allow periodic scans to protect against potentially harmful apps
Real-time security apps
None
Authenticator apps
Microsoft Authenticator
Autofill & Password apps
Bitwarden
Find my phone
Managed by the operating system
SIM card security
SIM card is not passcode protected
Screen lock settings
PIN
Biometric lock settings
  1. Fingerprint or TouchID
Sharing visibility
Off or Hidden - block all incoming files
Browser apps
Firefox
Content filtering apps
uBlock origin, Google DNS/cloudflare/NextDNS/default ISP DNS depending on ping rate on day to day basis.
Phone & Caller ID apps
Google Phone
Messaging apps
Google Messages, Signal, Threema
Music & Podcasts apps
Youtube Music Premium, Musicolet
Video & Livestream apps
Youtube Premium
Gaming apps
None
Other types of apps
SD Maid Pro, Google Recorder, MS Auth
DNS
Cloudflare, nextdns and google dns.
VPN
None
PC maintenance
SD Maid Pro, Files App
Personal Files & Photos backup
Google Drive, Google One (3 months trial), Near unlimited Google Photos backup till device EOL.
Personal backup routine
Automatic (scheduled)
Personal changelog
May 2021 SP/MR updates.
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