LIST OF F-DROID APPS TO GET

NOTE: Can consider Organic Maps but it is not a finished product at the moment.

NOTE: FlorisBoard 0.3.14-stable memory management did not work well in my testing, out of memory crashes too often, will edit if it gets good, maybe betas solved this issue

CRITICAL FOR CLIPBOARD, LOCATION AND OTHER APP FUNCTION BLOCKING

This solves the problem of clipboard and coarse location snooping among other things.

AppOpsX is a free, open source app that allows to manage granular app permissions not visible normally, with the help of ADB authorisation without root. This app can finely control what granular information apps can access on your phone, which is not shown in app permissions regularly accessible to us.

Now that you would have set up your phone with installing apps, now is a good time to perform this procedure.

Step 1: Install AppOpsX from F-Droid. (https://f-droid.org/en/packages/com.zzzmode.appopsx/)

Step 2: Plug phone to computer, and enable USB debugging in Settings –> Developer Options (you probably already did this in the starting of the guide)

Step 3: Keep phone plugged into computer until the end of this procedure! Open AppOpsX app.

Step 4: On computer, type commands in order:

adb devices

adb tcpip 5555

adb shell sh /sdcard/Android/data/com.zzzmode.appopsx/opsx.sh &

Step 5: Now open “AppOpsX” app, and:

Step 6: Profit! Now you can plug off phone from computer.

NOTE: Remember to use AppOpsX everytime you install a new app outside of F-Droid store, which is done not too often by people.

WHAT IS ANDROID’S VPN LOCKDOWN TRAFFIC/KILLSWITCH FEATURE AND HOW TO USE IT FOR VPNS/FIREWALLS?

VPN Lockdown killswitch is an AOSP/Android system level feature that allows you to prevent any leakage of data packets from the internet traffic your device generates. This is important because apps and trackers like to track you, as well as your ISP likes to keep note of websites you visit. This feature allows to prevent ISP level or country level censorship and allows free access to internet (or even darknets) without any issues. This is an underrated and amazing feature not discussed much, and has been a staple of my guide for a year now.

Go to system settings VPN section. You should see a list of VPNs and firewalls you have.

HOW TO USE NETGUARD FOR THE PRIVATE, SECURE EXPERIENCE?

By default, all apps will be blacklisted from WiFi and mobile data access.

If not, go to Settings via 3 dot menu –> Defaults (white/blacklist) –> Toggle on “Block WiFi”, “Block mobile” and “Block roaming”

Whitelist your web browsers, messengers (WhatsApp, Zoom et al), file sharing apps, download managers, “Aurora Store” app and any game if needs internet and give them WiFi and mobile data access.