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==Should you use F-Droid?== Now that I've explained how I feel about security and usability, I'm going to circle back to the article I mentioned at the start of this page. As a summary, the article spends its time explaining how F-Droid as a project is technically inferior to Google Play and its process of curating and building applications has no advantages over Google Play. It proposes that people: *Assume applications might be malicious or exploitable *Pay close attention to permissions you grant applications *Download applications from GitHub or Play Store *Verify signatures using apksigner upon install *Sandbox Play services using GrapheneOS This conclusion kind of demonstrates a strange detachment from reality that security developers tend to have: This is all based in theory where an individual manages their own security process and vets everything manually. Reality is a different story. In reality: * People install whatever applications that solve their issues * People grant whatever permissions they ask for * Google Play is filled with malware, F-Droid is not Given an actual person it seems like suggesting they use Google Play is a disaster waiting to happen. F-Droid may have worse security technologically but it has much better security socially. [[Category:Research]]
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