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Nobody likes being followed. Safe to say you'd be extremely concerned if a group of strangers followed you in real life. In the online world, it's not much different — trackers lurk in the shadows of each and every website and follow you around the Internet

Everyone has their own threat level, and you should not just blindly follow suggestions. A great example is on our Samsung list and how to make your Samsung device more private, because, at the same time, you might need some of the apps already there and others might be useful for your specific use case

The most used operating system on cellphones is Android. If you are coming to the site because of DeGoogle(ing), then Android what is a core of Google is a big problem. So to think, at least!

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Music & Media Streaming
Music has become a power business, so have podcasts. Spotify, Apple Music, Deezer, and even YouTube Music/Premium are charging money if you want no ads. But you also pay with your data because data is money as well. So, what can you do when it comes to music or podcasts.

What are you looking for? Are you someone who has already invested heavily in Apple? Are you comfortable with the trackers Apple and/or Google gives you? Are you on Social Media, and, most of all, are you afraid of what happens down the road with your data? Remember that what may be totally OK in today's world might be not OK (or even legal) 10 years from now.

When it comes to cellphones, let's be blunt, you will never be private. We have covered iOS and Android in the past together and I've even covered how to get maximum security out of your Samsung phone by deactivating, via ADB, applications that are pre-installed. However, whilst these are all a really good direction in which to go, it will never be possible to be fully private on these devices.

Google’s main strategy is to give you great and easy to use products for free and at the same time have you pay with your data!

CalyxOS is great for privacy-oriented people, but also works for the soccer mom who just wants to use her phone and at the same time values some privacy. CalyxOS has a setup which comes with or without MicroG pre-installed, in other words it can use Google Play Services and push notifications, but is open-source and doesn't connect to Google's privacy invasive servers, just to the necessary ones!

**Security at the core, but with privacy in mind!** First things first, when people talk about replacing the OS on an Android phone, they think you need to be a geek to actually get it done! Not so with GrapheneOS. The installation is dead simple!

Privacy is not likely going to be an 'all or nothing' approach. You need to figure out for yourself what works best for you and, at the same time, attempt to find ways to make your device trustable but usable.

**Hiding in Plain Sight** Let's suppose that you really do want to be anonymous on the internet, so perhaps you have chosen to go with Linux, with a secure setup, ditching Windows and all the other data collection services from your hard drive, or at least found the right browser, maybe even gone with the Tor-browser so at least being on your way to being less traceable.

More than a few people around me are waking up and realizing that the simple cellphone is the weakest link when it comes to privacy. Two of the best known privacy respecting alternative operating systems on Pixel phones are CalyxOS and GrapheneOS. I have tested both and made GrapheneOS my daily drive. But it is a matter of taste and threat level. Yes, threat level, as not everyone needs the same protection, or privacy. Some chose convenience or a camera as their buying point when choosing a phone. The mighty pen on a Samsung S22 Ultra, perhaps. Yet, when it comes to deGoogle a phone, you have Lineage, GrapheneOS and CalyxOS as the ultimate options.

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