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    Replacing Android


    Ok I know almost nothing about mobiles, so I'm trying to find out - now Google, until PROVEN otherwise (that is to say, Android) is spying on me! So I would like to use something else. I've heard of things like "rooting" and "Cyanogen Mod", I don't know what they are exactly - but can I get rid of Android and replace it with this? And what guarantee is there that THAT won't spy on me? I obviously need to run Android apps - is there some way to run the SAME app, which is *trying* to spy on me (say, by reading my phonebook, or listening to my conversations on a VOIP program), without *letting* it spy on me? i.e this "replacement" OS, must let the program *run*, thinking it's got access to whatever data, but only without actually letting it. And the "permissions" thing it gives you when you DOWNLOAD from the Play Store is NOT enough. Obviously. Is this kinda stuff possible? What do I have to do?

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    I don't know if you can "stop" android from spying, I can only suggest an alternative: SailfishOS. It's Linux-based (so you can control it via ssh, use the terminal, ...) and it has an Android compatibility layer so you can install android apps.

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    Just to add to my above questions, I want to Stop the phone autoconnecting to Wifi, ie. giving out my MAC address.
    And I also DEFINITELY don't want it to spy on my location, ie. I want to turn off GPS when *I* want to - how can I reliably do this?

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    Just turn the wifi off.
    Go into Settings>Wifi
    There should be an on/off button near the top of the page.
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    Just turn the gps off.
    Go into Settings>Location
    There should be an on/off button near the top of the page.

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    None of the above is going to work. Might as well accept our new reptilian overlords and say "Welcome Skynet!".

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    Quote Originally Posted by mindsword View Post
    None of the above is going to work.
    ALL of the above is going to "Work".
    or are you trying to tell us something more specific?

    Might as well accept our new reptilian overlords and say "Welcome Skynet!".
    might as well never again lift your eyes off the tv set. brain fried.

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