What are the most privacy respecting smartphones to buy, I am also looking for the one which respects your privacy the most. So far going to privacy communities esp on reddit, I often see Google Pixel + GrapheneOS being recommended.

But the thing is I don’t really trust Google with privacy, as we have seen they are last one to respect privacy. What if Google has some backdoor in the hardware that cannot be changed? And the problem with the more privacy respecting OSes for mobiles like GrapheneOS, CalyxOS etc are that they are only supported for Google pixel phones.

So I am really confused here.

  • @TheAnonymouseJoker@lemmy.mlM
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    GrapheneOS is a highly problematic ROM with a lot of security grift. Their community is extremely toxic, racist, disgusting and refuse technical help via a combination of lots of gatekeeping and technical elitism. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dx7CZ-2Bajg

    The developer is a one man show who acts like a dictator and exclusively claims Google Pixels are the only phones he will ever support. Why? https://unddit.com/r/privacytoolsIO/comments/gs4uv7/i_dont_fully_trust_grapheneos/fs82fdv/

    GrapheneOS also takes some rather controversial stances regarding the protection of its users, a lot of whom have a high threat model. https://teddit.net/r/privacytoolsIO/comments/pjl4bh/what_is_your_opinion_of_grapheneos_conforming_to/

    There are a few malicious actors and proponents of this community that attack everyone like an unorganized group, sometimes with sockpuppets and sometimes with their known accounts when they want to come off as self proclaimed experts.

    A lot of evidence I collected personally via my own interactions with madaidan, cn3m and the likes: https://lemmy.ml/post/73800/comment/66676

    Evidence of GrapheneOS proponents practicing censorship on Lemmy on my comment on c/GrapheneOS, one day after they became moderator (FYI this was my only comment on that sublemmy): https://lemmy.ml/pictrs/image/3hsM7Du9n6.jpg

    They have also hijacked the Android, AOSP sublemmy communities by becoming defunct moderators.

    • @GenkiFeral@lemmy.ml
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      23 years ago

      can’t you stick to the OS and hardware (facts) and leave politics/opinions outta this? the community does matter if you need help, but how in the hell do they know your race, sex, or politics unless you wear them on your sleeve?

      • @TheAnonymouseJoker@lemmy.mlM
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        GenkiFeral, You know, what you call politics only tells about your indecency as regards with how communities are run. And whoever calls calling out assholery a mere form of political whining tells a lot about them. Nobody likes assholes, period. And nobody wants to worship one. Especially one that is adamant at establishing a cult with the use of sockpuppets and handful friends.

        Facts do not care about feelings, so you can just stop feeling about others’ feelings towards your lack of decency, and you can enjoy your technical supremacy, if you really think you are so highly meritorious and if that gives you the right to trample on others.

        • @GenkiFeral@lemmy.ml
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          My rights end where yours begin and vice versa. My main point will always be “you do you” or “good fences make good neighbours” or don’t trespass on my property or in my mental space. Values differ from individual to individual - even within close-knit families or within causes. As long as you don’t infringe upon another’s freedom (I include all animals - wild and domestic), you should be able to do as you please. Both Left and Right have one thing in common - both try to shove their values (“decency”) down the throats of others. Fuck you both equally. If that (do as I say) mindset isn’t offensive, then i don’t know what is! Be as this or that as you like, but preaching to me when I don’t wanna hear it is going to breed resentment. That is you wasting my time and mental energies. Live by your own values and if I see that you are content, healthy, and successful in one manner or another, maybe I will adopt some of your ways WITHOUT your saying one word to me. Proselytizing or ‘teaching’ me is so often rude.

          • @TheAnonymouseJoker@lemmy.mlM
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            Both Left and Right have one thing in common - both try to shove their values (“decency”) down the throats of others. Fuck you both equally.

            Well, then indecency will not be spared either. You already resent decency, since you already decided your stance, and have decided that any discussion is going to result in you saying “fuck you” to anyone that does.

            You are also wasting your time when you say calling out GrapheneOS community is political whining, when it is not, and if it is, then it makes you the same, because you are complaining about feelings when you ask me to stop caring about some politically motivated understanding or feelings. It is hypocritical.

            • @GenkiFeral@lemmy.ml
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              Right and wrong are relative to some extent and always have been and always will be. Who is to say the religious fundamentalist’s ‘decency’ is better or worse than (the obvious opposite) a Progressive’s? Who is sole arbiter of the truth? Shouldn’t it be more up to the individual? What ever happened to “Live and let live”?

              • @TheAnonymouseJoker@lemmy.mlM
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                Who is to say the religious fundamentalist’s ‘decency’ is better or worse than (the obvious opposite) a Progressive’s? Who is sole arbiter of the truth?

                I see these arguments from modern day fascists and /pol/ users all the time. This is a classic grift technique to make themselves look balanced and somehow try to place the onus of morality on an entity that does not exist, and so they themselves can look more balanced instead of the extremists that they are.

                Your history, your above comments and your obsession to reply even after 18 days reveals enough about your interests, so forget about convincing me regarding your holier than thou arguments.

                Anyway, downvoting my comments will not make a difference. The moment I see something that goes against Lemmy rules or the rules for this sublemmy, I will take action in accordance.

        • @Cerov2@lemmy.ml
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          The question is “which smartphones are most private?” Not “which OS community is the least toxic?” Seems you have your reasons for hating on Graphene, but you’ve totally lost the plot here. Save that rant for a question thats actually asking about it, please. In the end, if it works and its the most private, thats what is going to matter the most to the end user.

          • @TheAnonymouseJoker@lemmy.mlM
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            02 years ago

            GrapheneOS community is terrible if you want help from them. It is a place filled with faux elitists with 4chan and reddit tier knowledge, and will use buzzwords to impress you, with non existent explanations when asked for. If you want to use it, go ahead. But if you want to enter a landmine expecting any guidance, good luck.

            Many people have been driven away from that community and ROM for plenty reasons I laid out in parent comment. People learn only via 2 ways - they learn from others’ experiences or they experience it themselves and then learn. You can make your choice.

    • @nVZWmCa67Tq0SQkXPR@lemmy.mlOP
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      13 years ago

      Sorry for a late reply. The grapheneOS seems to have a problem with not a very welcoming community but their OS is still good with all the security and privacy features that it comes with? If it is not Google Pixel + GrapheneOS that is the most private way of using a mobile phone then what is the most private way? I see this set up recommended in almost every privacy community including this thread.

      • @TheAnonymouseJoker@lemmy.mlM
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        A lot of these people are either sockpuppets or members of GrapheneOS, NoGoolag or SpiteChat Telegram/Matrix rooms that create a narrative to hijack the privacy communities. And it would not be surprising to conclude that they are a menace, because they encourage technical elitism quite a lot, and all of the other problems mentioned above.

        GrapheneOS moderators practicing censorship on Lemmy is not going to look the best either, but here we are. I have engaged with these people for probably 2-3 years, so I am about as experienced as one gets.

        A lot of these GrapheneOS privacy grifters also promote Windows, MacOS and iOS over Linux distros and Android, because they have some distorted definitions of security in their head. They believe closed source security is better for some reason.

        You could check this resource I made for a smartphone guide https://lemmy.ml/post/54596 or https://teddit.net/r/privatelife/comments/lpyl1s/

    • Anon
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      011 months ago

      mimimimimi I don’t care, it’s secure, I like the features. Separate the creation from the creator.

        • Anon
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          Deranged and spiteful? Yeah I’d trust that. Spite and grit are the only ways that a huge project like GOS can be maintained so well. If you want me to swap make your own secure Android distro.

      • @TheAnonymouseJoker@lemmy.mlM
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        mimimimimi

        You will be banned for this callous, delusional and dismissive form of derailment of evidence based discussion, if you do not bring facts to the table that address the issue. The creator cannot be separated from the creation, when the created commodity’s direction is decided by creator.

        • Anon
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          111 months ago

          Is his code racist? also lol ban me it’s just a website

          • @TheAnonymouseJoker@lemmy.mlM
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            No, but he is certainly mentally ill to the point any promotion of him as a security developer will be condemned here. Security development from sane, even if prickly behaved people, can be handwaved, but he needs clinical help, as he even went to the length of not apologising to any people he ever accused, instead hiding behind his computer screen. He has gone to the lengths of claiming just about everyone, including non-critics, as being harassers, complicit in his faux murder attempt and so on.

            The slightest form of promotion of him or his work is out of question.

            • Anon
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              I am willing to change Android distros if you can point me to an actively developed one centered around security that can compete with GOS.

              • @TheAnonymouseJoker@lemmy.mlM
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                The source of your trust is his marketing, not any concrete evidence that his work is any superior to that of other custom ROMs if they were tweaked around with firewalling and app permissions. His malloc Linux kernel patch laurels are a thing of the past and do not prove GrapheneOS is just as secure, considering he maliciously, upon not being paid his share in CopperheadOS, truncated the security sign keys and put at risk hundreds of thousands of users who used CopperheadOS. If anything, GrapheneOS maker’s malicious stunt at Copperhead exit, and later on his malicious accusations at everyone combined with using sockpuppet witch hunting troll army, proves that neither GrapheneOS nor anyone ever closely associated with Daniel Micay must ever be trusted in the security community.

                The fact that he has bullied multiple projects like DivestOS, Bromite and others into dropping his code unless they worship him and support his internet trolling and whatever he says (with the threat that he would release his troll army on them), means GrapheneOS code is not even free and open source, but partially closed source, where personal agreements with him serve as the official binding agreement on GrapheneOS code usage. He also added a shutter sound on camera app that could not be turned off, without asking anyone, putting the very demographic of its userbase at risk of jail/death in some countries.

                • Anon
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                  Camera app shutter can be muted with the volume slider, just tried it on the latest version so I assume it would have been patched out. I am open to swapping away from a lunatic’s OS if you have any other ROMs that can relock the bootloader and come with a user profile manager that easily allows me to install apps from my main profile to the others. Frankly I’ve never heard of DOS before, and I will immediately give it a shot on my work phone. Thanks :)