Basic Security Pixel 4a Security config for 2022

Last updated
May 3, 2022
Brand
Google
Model
Pixel 4a
Mobile OS
Android
Mobile OS version
12.1
Mobile system updates
Manual - check for updates, but do not install system updates
Mobile app updates
Manually allow app updates
Play Protect settings
Automatic - allow periodic scans to protect against potentially harmful apps
Real-time security apps
None
Authenticator apps
MS Authenticator
Autofill & Password apps
None
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
Phone & Caller ID apps
Google Phone
Messaging & Social apps
Whatsapp, Threema, Google Messages RCS and Signal
Music & Podcasts apps
YT Music, Musicolet
Video & Livestream apps
Youtube, Netflix, Hotstar
Games & Optimisation apps
None
Secure DNS
Nebulo
VPN
None
Maintenance and Cleaning
SD Maid Pro, Files App
Personal Files & Photos backup
Google Drive, Google One, Near unlimited Google Photos backup till device EOL.
Personal backup routine
Automatic (scheduled)
Personal changelog
May 2022 SP updates
Feedback Response

General feedback

Vasudev

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My Current device Pixel 4a unless 6a/7a or even until similar design iPhone SE/1x comes out with compact size similar to Pixel 4a.
Whatsapp is suspected for hack but still pending. Deleted Telegram account but was able to create it thrice even after deletion.
 

Vasudev

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Updated to March SP and feature drop with 12L.
EDIT: There were some bugs though like slow internet with VPN profile and SD maid accessibility service based cache clean is broken in 12L and only workaround was to enable Select to Speak accessibility shortcut suggested by a user at github. It affects all Pixels or 12L in general.
 
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Vasudev

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Manually updated to Google Play System update April edition from ApkMirror. Google Play System update for May would be available in couple of weeks.
 
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