Will a Budget Android Phone Provide Security?

I read this article today and thought I would share it. It addresses the dilemma of balancing security with cost when it comes to buying cell phones.

I am on Android and using a Google Pixel. If didn’t want to use Android, I would use and did use an Apple iPhone.

4 thoughts on “Will a Budget Android Phone Provide Security?

  1. Don Ray, what is your view about security risk if the main use of your phone is actually as… a phone. Not email, not banking…?

  2. If you don’t want to connect to the internet, don’t buy a smart phone. If you have a smart phone and it never connects to the Internet, you should be without risk. However, you can get a plain phone for $20, so why get a smart phone>

  3. There are lots of conveniences on a smart phone, like being able to read a book while you wait somewhere, or to have GPS, a handy map, or translation software. I presume I can do those kinds of things without handling chores that present security concerns, but I wonder if I am correct.

    I don’t care if a hacker steals my Kindle book or my friend’s phone number, but I wouldn’t want them to get my bank or email password. I have other machines to access email and other crucial accounts, so I am wondering whether you think I may still have significant security concerns with a cheap Android not-especially-smart phone.

    And, no, I don’t care about the camera not being as good.

  4. For a lot of thos things you mention, you have to be connected to the Internet, even if it is your home network. Any hackable divice on your home network puts all machines on that network at risk.

    Would not be worth the risk for me.

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