Doing what Google won't ever do, DuckDuckGo offers App Tracking Protection to Android

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  1. headcronie

    headcronie Greyscale. Nuff Said. Super Moderator

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    This stands to be huge. Acts as a VPN, but data never leaves your device or goes to a remote server. Virtual VPN blocks trackers on your phone.

    I'm about as excited for this as a kid sitting down for a PB&J sandwich at lunch.

    I do wonder how fast Google will ***** about it, and block this feature if not app. Vaguely speaking, an app cannot interfere with the performance of another app on your device. This virtual tracking blocker in a local virtual VPN, does exactly that.

    Time will tell.

    https://spreadprivacy.com/introducing-app-tracking-protection/
     
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    headcronie Greyscale. Nuff Said. Super Moderator

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    Friends don't let friends use Chrome browser on Android or iOS. ;)
     
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    I only use Chrome if I have something that requires it, and then I delete it again after all's said and done.
     
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    If something requires chrome, that's a deal breaker for me. I just go away. :vbwink:
     
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    I've disabled it on my moto g stylus, but since it's not rooted can't totally remove it.
     
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    headcronie Greyscale. Nuff Said. Super Moderator

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    App tracking blocker invite accepted. Tapatalk is terrible. Over 100 attempts in under an hour. That's for the paid version.

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    Is this a standalone app or a browser or browser plug-in? Seems pretty great either way.
     
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    headcronie Greyscale. Nuff Said. Super Moderator

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    This is part of the browser, and is on a wait list for beta testing.

    Far fewer trackers than I expected but still plenty of attempts.

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    headcronie Greyscale. Nuff Said. Super Moderator

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    Digging in on trackers, I found additional app access requests that don't make sense.

    Amazon app tracks your physical activity. Access is now denied to that permission. That's just creepy!

    There's more too. Settings > Apps > Permissions Manager and Settings > Apps > Special Access

    Review apps in those categories. I didn't even know they moved the "Install unknown apps" to a per app model vs a general on / off switch.
     
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