So let's break down the OP's concerns about who he wants to trust
1) Security of phone itself: can be remedied with a more primitive phone or a more secure phone. Involves some level of trust with the phone OS provider
- On this point, a primitive featurephone/flip phone is the way to go for the most security (and loss of utility)
- The vast majority of these dumb phones phones are GSM so you'll need to switch to a GSM carrier like TMOBILE or AT&T (or one of their MVNOs). NOTE: you will probably want a 3G, quad band dumb phone if you use AT&T b/c they turned off their 2G network earlier this year. You can skate by with a 2G phone on TMOBILE for a few more years but you need to make sure that the 1900MHz frequency band is supported.
- the Cheapest way to get these now are with the prepaid phones (practically free) or on eBay/online from china.
- The upside is that for some simple functionality, an MVNO like TING (resells tmobile) can be very, very cheap.
Oh, you want internet? Now you need to trust your phone MFG/OS.
- There are some "smartphones" built to be more secure even if they are built on top of Android; this is blackberry's current selling point (what's left of it) - if you trust them.
- In general, Google can be turned to stop tracking you (https://www.cnet.com/how-to/how-to-d...ation-history/
) - if you believe them.
- Ditto with Apple - How to turn off iOS 7 frequent location tracking and increase your privacy | iMore
- MSFT Win 10 offers the ability to scramble hardware addresses to make it harder to track by our WIFI MAC adddress (Ross Ulbricht probably could have used this feature. Might have helped him... for a little while) - How to stop your Windows 10 Mobile phone's location from being tracked through Wi-Fi | Windows Central
. They have separate settings for what tracking they do of you -- if you believe them. If Windows 10 (PC OS) is any indication, even turning this stuff off doesn't make them NOT share data with their servers. - Windows 10 will keep spying on you no matter how hard you try to stop it ? BGR
2) Trust in phone service provider: accept that hiding his location isn't possible. Some level of anonymity may be bought if you switch phones/SIMs constantly but that is easily ignored if someone is actively targeting you.
- After all, a service provider has to know how to find you to send you incoming calls/data.
3) Trust in SW at the apps level.
- Some services (if you trust them) can offer you a fixed online presence that you can connect to in all matter of secure ways to prevent prying eyes -- if you trust those app/service providers.
- Bottom line: watch what you install.
4) Trust in other people spying on you or other sites tracking you
- In this scenario, a VPN service could help. You can use the SW the VPN provides (which requires some level of trust in them) or you some providers let you use opensource SW (if you trust noone to sneak compromising code into the SW).
Bottom line: how paranoid are you?
Originally Posted by Thunderstruck95
I'm not looking to become this sites weirdo privacy freak;