Hey @ Henk, did anyone say hello to you in the Netherlands? Well Hi from me, the wife and I love Dordt, Zwolle, Amsterdam too! Also Suver N and your National Park. As another fishing Nation I hope you understand the sayings “A fishmonger never cries (shouts) Stinking Fish” and “Red Herring”…?
It is clear that you are asking all the right questions but are getting the same old answers rolled out from e support and our admin.
It requires only a little digging around our forum to reveal the basics have been discussed at length by myself and the usual suspects. So a little enlightenment (here) in answering your profound questions may be found by reading a few of the threads below – though not exclusively. The Intercept website, Golem.de and The Register have interesting info on security: https://www.theregister.co.uk/security/
/e/ and cellphone provider tracking
Arguments for privacy / against mainstream apps
“A fishmonger never cries (shouts) Stinking Fish” - So you have read and questioned the wild claims made on the front page but got no real answers or independent confirmation of anything just @manoj again asking you to DIY – do it yourself, whilst not acknowledging golem article or anything else. I made the mistake of buying eS7 based on this front page! I’m a little wiser now. You are right to dismiss the – Well it only leaks a little bit – security or privacy is only as strong as the weakest link – a point lost on efoundation admin and support – please don’t mention microG… As they say they are too busy doing other stuff like rearranging the deckchairs and cleaning the huge sign saying Privacy Enabled.
Hey, I too support any attempt to break away from normality, mainstream and the noble quest of the Knights of the Round table to take on the Dark Side, Sith and Goolag – but feel like the Knight still attempting to fight with no arms or legs left! (Monty Python – Tis but a scratch)
You then got the classic Red Herring
Think I had better not get too involved here else they will start threats of a ban again; but shall we ask if there is ANY independent assessment to counter the golem thread? Or from project - MicroG feature No1 Opt-in to Google Services and extend application support – Hey, I want out of everything google! MicroG feature No2; on-/offline location service – Hey, I want to turn off all location services but MicroG will not allow this! Who is in control of my phone? Certainly not me!
MicroG is a common alternative to Google Play Services. Many people use this to get rid of Google tracking on their device but many people do not realise that this substantially worsens security by requiring signature spoofing which allows apps to request to bypass signature verification. - Not My Words but did anyone explain why you would want to buy an ePhone and then put Goolag Pay Apps on it? Beats my mind.
Wish you all well at this time, wherever you are – Stay Safe. Yes; You and your devices! Buy a Faraday bag.
ps I use ubuntu but mostly Trisquel now on old laptop. Use Tails 4.5 plus Tor LIVE in RAM if I want a little privacy - carry it on a USB stick or DVD - use it anywhere on any computer!