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2018-12-09
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F-Droid: The privacy-friendly alternative to Google Play Store

With Google Play Store you´re tracked without end: by the Play Store itself as well as by the most apps you can find in it. But you can escape that – e.g. by turning your back to Play Store and instead use an alternative focusing on free and open software as well as privacy. One such can be found in F-Droid – which this article introduces.

2017-04-22 What’s it all about those modules apps contain?

Most apps ship with additional modules. Some of those are required for the functionality, others are not. While still serving a justified purpose, they come at a cost. This article will take a deeper look at this second category.

2016-08-22 Android Identifiers: How Android devices and their users are identified

App reviews and security reports mention them regularly: identifiers which apps like to access. Identitifying information picked from the device and „getting transfered to somewhere“. In this context, terms like „Google Adverising ID“ or „Android ID“ are referenced. What do they mean? And what other „identifiers“ are there, which purposes do they serve?

2016-06-01
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Smartwatches and privacy – contradiction in terms?

We´ve already got our privacy concerns with out smartphones: Will apps leak our personal data? How much do embedded ad-modules collect? Are we already „glass people“ to the big players? So considering smartwatches communicate with our Android devices, adding even more personal data (just think of the health apps), aren´t the terms „smartwatch“ and „privacy“ rather antagonisms? A short test.

2014-12-31 Why do some apps request too many permissions?

While most permissions an app requests are somehow understandable, some are not – and others even sound ludicrous. What stands behind them? Why do some apps request permissions that don’t seem to make sense? Do they really need them – or is there „anything else“?

2014-09-07
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Android without Google 6: Self-Experiment

Having written a five-part-tutorial to finally show you how it could be done, I thought it might be a good idea to try it myself (oops?). So this post shows my experiences with a Google-free Android, diary-style.

2014-08-29 Privacy and permission friendly apps

You might have noticed that “IzzyOnDroid” has quite a strong focus on privacy. I want to make it easy to find not only the best rated app for a purpose, but also the least invasive. And give you good hints in my articles. But of course I cared for that as well when building this site. Some sum-up and hints in this article.

2014-08-12 Android without Google 2: ownCloud

In the first part of this series we figured there might be good reasons not to put all our private and personal data into the Google cloud. Starting with this second article, we’ll take a look at alternatives: ownCloud seems to cover several services at once, leaving all data in our hands. Does it work out?

2014-08-10 Android without Google 1: Introduction

Google services and their cloud are pretty convenient: you just start your Android device, create an account, and everything is ready-to-go. But though it comes without your money being involved, there’s a price to pay: your personal, private data. All of them in one place. Looking for alternatives, or reasons why you should care? Then this article is for you.

2014-07-22 The trouble with Updates

In IT, it’s almost a mantra: updates increase security. But how do they come to our Android devices? Are there any hazards users should know about?

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