Basic Security Pixel 4a Security config for 2023

Last updated
Mar 14, 2023
Brand
Google
Model
Pixel 4a
Phone OS
Android
Phone OS version
13
Phone OS updates
Manual updates
Phone OS security version
5 March 2023
App store(s)
    • Google Play Store
App store(s) updates
Manual app updates
Phone unlock
PIN (medium-high security)
Biometric security
    • Fingerprint(s)
SIM card
No code
Find my Phone
On
Remote wipe
Yes
Security & Privacy Apps
None
Firewall & VPN Apps
Mullvad
Browser
Firefox
Password manager
Bitwarden
Authenticator
MS Authenticator
Phone & Caller ID
Google Phone
Messaging
Whatsapp, Threema, Google Messages RCS and Signal
Music & Podcasts
YT Music, Musicolet
Photo & Video
Google Photos
Entertainment
Youtube, Netflix, Hotstar,Prime video
Note-taking
Google Notes
Cloud storage
Google Drive
Games
Homescapes and similar
Android launcher
Pixel Launcher
Subscriptions
    • Google One Basic 100GB
Personal backup
Google Drive, Google One, Near unlimited Google Photos backup till device EOL.
How often I backup?
Automatically
Notable changes
Android 13 Mar. 2023 SP
What I'm looking for?

Looking for medium feedback.

SerialCart

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Have you tried GrapheneOS ?

They have implemented the Google Play Services as a sandbox. I am trying it right now and I have to say it has nothing less than a regular android phone but with an improved security and greater privacy.

You can literally set in your setting that what google can have access to and this is a major difference between GrapheneOS (open-source android) and a Google Android device.
 

Vasudev

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Thread author
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Nov 8, 2014
2,184
Have you tried GrapheneOS ?

They have implemented the Google Play Services as a sandbox. I am trying it right now and I have to say it has nothing less than a regular android phone but with an improved security and greater privacy.

You can literally set in your setting that what google can have access to and this is a major difference between GrapheneOS (open-source android) and a Google Android device.
Yes I've seen it. Will try it once Pixel 4a once EOL in 4 months. I have to see if they update kernel to current ones for all devices and if I notice any major improvements. Bank apps and Gpay is needed for me.
 

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