Slow updates can leave you open to known vulnerabilities.
But that’s not the primary security risk you open yourself up to.
Unfortunately, this is a trade off you have to ask yourself.
Do you rely on the added security that comes from only installing software from the Play Store (which, for what it’s worth, can occasionally allow a piece of sketchy software slip by), or do you get your apps from elsewhere and run the risk of getting your hands on something that hasn’t been vetted?
Only a particular set of people are willing to give up access to the Play Store and Google’s suite of apps. There are many reasons why you might want to make the effort, and here are some of the big ones.
This isn’t the phone I’ve been using Google-free these past few weeks — I just figured folks might like a look at what to expect on a stock Android device.
LG, HTC, and Samsung devices come with a number of pre-installed apps that you will only find on each company’s devices.
These apps will continue to work without syncing your phone to a Google account.
The act of pinging and connecting to cell towers makes mobile phones inherently trackable.
But making this change reduces some of the information that you generate and share.