As the title says. I am trying to leave google one step at a time and i only use the play store, but I am worried not using the account will make my device security worse or if I reset my phone it will lock me unless I add an account.
I still download most foss apps from there but most of them arent there. I also heard people say f droid has security issues.
Should I stick with the play store or is it okay?
note: I am on a samsung phone, so im not 100% degoogled, and I cant install a rom
I dont get it, the system Webview along with all others should be a system app? Can you update those?
Yes stock Android is a privacy nightmare. Use “package manager” from F-Droid and a Laptop with adb and uninstall as much as possible. Google Play services are locked though, and Android will spam error messages if they are “broken”.
Try to find LineageOS/ResurrectionRemix/CalyxOS/divestOS/iodeOS/GrapheneOS
I understand that, but thats not my question. I am asking if not using a google account impacts my phones security. And the question about frp lock, this has happened to me before but i wanna know if theres a way to prevent it.
also about the roms, i literally cant install a rom, samsung likes to lock their bootloaders where im from.
I reread my post and I think i wasn’t very clear with what I was talking about.
My threat model is to limit the amount of data I give to companies, I use alternatives to apps as much as possible.
Logically, I wont get great control over my privacy if I am using a privacy invasive phone over a custom rom. But I believe something is better than nothing, and I would definately give ROMs a try and get a new phone if I could, but personal reasons I cannot.
Security is very important to me aswell, and like I said in my post, I mentioned the google account and play store because google does seem have good security, but obviously bad privacy. But again i try circumventing this with fake information and not using any google services as possible. Again, some progress is better than nothing to me. I fear removing my google account would cause security and phone issues and like I mentioned with F-Droid, I dont know if that is true.
So my main question is basically is it safe security wise, will this cause an FRP lock?
Okay in your situation best option: use ADB and debloat as much as possible. I did a Samsung Galaxy s9 debloat already, it was the worst of all others, but I can share the app list. Be cautious, some uninstalls may break features like lockscreen camera or you get constant crash notifications.
Then get a NextDNS and setup samsung, facebook, microsoft and google tracker block lists. Switch your default DNS to this one.
Uninstall as much as possible, install as regular user apps when needed.
Your safety is totally okay, security never has to rely on online Accounts.