How are the Apps updated?Well my Parents have Android phone they dont know how to download anything i download some apps like whatsapp & facebook from APKMirror without sign up its safe. with Google Play Store when they(parents) visit the sites in the browser or FB so ads show up like '' Clean up your Phone Download Now'' or something like this jump into the store to download it thats a reason they dont know about any apps its not safe.
I think the family is good for APKMirror it's the best.
Because you never know what may be included with the app that you are sideloading. I do not even trust the play store and have minimal apps. Call me paranoid but I do not need some person steeling my logins and the such.you have been told not to... don't get me wrong, but what was the reason given to you? You may use some reputable sources to install android apps without harming your device as long as the app itself is safe.
You are mistaking most other app stores as something like cnet. Most appstores don't pack anything else, but if the app itself is a rogue one, then something else. If the developer decides to pack a malware with its app, then there are very few appstore which will block that dev at the early phase. & google playstore is out of the question.Because you never know what may be included with the app that you are sideloading.
It's not about trusting or doubting google play store. Google provides very useful environment for malware devs to exploit their users, you must have to understand google doesn't do any code audit of those apps which are available in its marketplace. If you are looking for a secure app market then opt in for F-droid & it does provide minimal apps.I do not even trust the play store and have minimal apps.
So you think I ain't a paranoid,eh. & btw, if you believe that you are a paranoid, then you should look for better alternative.Call me paranoid