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02 July 2022
Be careful when side-loading apps on your Android phone.

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  • 07 Jul 2022

If Google just let me easy swap region for apps I would not need to do it...

    you have to suffer, 07 Jul 2022thats a different story, i always sideload apps to downgrad... moreI do that, too. I back up its data. Delete the app. Install the older version. And finally restore the app's data. Voila!

      Cyberchum, 07 Jul 2022Usually, but not always. I know many times I've had to... morethats a different story, i always sideload apps to downgrade if the latest one doesnt work properly. others are looking for modded games and apps deserves the consequences.

        you have to suffer, 04 Jul 2022usually cheapskaters tryna find cracked apps and games for free.Usually, but not always. I know many times I've had to download stock apps from the internet (Apkmirror and likes) for one reason or the other (play store acting up, for e.g). Very recently, I had to get WhatsApp apk directly from their website, and sent to my aunt so she could update her WhatsApp, because she's been trying from Play store without success (likely because of low storage).

        In the end, people should have the option of getting their apps from other sources. And devs should be able to point users to their sites, to avoid the store tax.

          IpsDisplay, 04 Jul 2022Being anecdotal and not having an issue good for you.. T... morePhone packs aren't part of the device, itself. It's an accessory. Most phones don't even come with pack in the box: most people who buy it do because they want it and see its importance. Knows the risk that comes without using it.

          Phones, on the other hand, come without root access. One who wants it usually have to go through hoops and rigors to gain the access. That person most likely knows what it entails. Knows the risk that comes with the access.

          Aside the fundamental differences between the two, there are way more chances of someone using his phone without a pack and/or glass protection cracking his display than there are of one using a rooted phone getting hacked or affected with malware. Even though rooted phones are more vulnerable to attacks, non-tech savvy people with unrooted phones (because they rarely use rooted phones) are more likely to fall victim to such attacks.

            Grey Wolf, 03 Jul 2022That kind of thinking is not smart. Is like saying "Wh... moreNo! It's no like saying that. Car seat belt don't automatically strap itself on someone once the take the seat and refuses to come off. Someone would need to put it on. Traffic law also makes wearing car seat belts compulsory. Going against it is, aside from directly threatening the person's LIFE, is a crime.

            And one could actually replace the one that came directly from the car maker and outfit another matching one from another source.

            This isn't about not using apps at all; it's about getting app from another source other than the default one. Your analogy is fundamentally flawed!

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              • Anonymous
              • UN5
              • 06 Jul 2022

              blue, 03 Jul 2022Apple's iOS had several problems of this kind, and man... moreiOS had security problems in the past, nobody can deny this, but Apple has the solution: zero fragmentation and thus able to push updates fixing those problems.

                Grey Wolf, 03 Jul 2022That kind of thinking is not smart. Is like saying "Wh... moreEven that seatbelt can be reason of something happening rather than not if your airbag fails, so yeah. Crossing a road isn't smart by your logic, something can hit you or why you would drive a car and risk accidents? Because you need something that's worth it. In car scenario it's fast travel in phone scenario is to do everything i want for what i paid.

                  IpsDisplay, 04 Jul 2022Being anecdotal and not having an issue good for you.. T... morePeople who drop their phones aren't even similar to people who know how to use an electronic device. Honestly it's more probable that regular user will got scammed on adult sites than me catching a malicious software. But ofc you wouldn't understand that no matter how i tried to explain that. It's not that dangerous, and it can be hugely beneficial especially on low end devices. I would rather allow you to access my data rather than any government. Chinese, US , Russian or mine... No way! Do you know for what they sell that data? 🤔

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                    • Anonymous
                    • K1I
                    • 05 Jul 2022

                    blue, 03 Jul 2022Apple's iOS had several problems of this kind, and man... morefor easy win situation , bring up Apple so Android wont look that bad ...

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                      • Anonymous
                      • K1I
                      • 05 Jul 2022

                      such innovation

                      no wonder people always said android 10 years ahead ~

                        Hudinited, 03 Jul 2022Dude, i have my phone rooted for years and years and years.... moreBeing anecdotal and not having an issue good for you..

                        The logic is simple rooting grants you more access if conditions are the same a rooted phone can be tampered with more than an unrooted one

                        If you want access to cpu governors etc then it's equally true for external malicious users as well

                        I know people that drop their phones everyday and not a single crack.. does that logic means that dropping your smartphone is not a risk??

                          Yuri84, 04 Jul 2022Why sideload at all?usually cheapskaters tryna find cracked apps and games for free.

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                            • Anonymous
                            • Sn8
                            • 04 Jul 2022

                            Yuri84, 04 Jul 2022Why sideload at all?Because of free use for paid app

                              It's very hard to understand what a developer wrote if you are not an expert. Many times the bad guys will conseal the malicious code inside variables or functions with names very similar to regular variables and confuse the hack of people who are paid to examine the code.
                              But keep sideloading apks, ROMs, use wireless headphones and install as many camera filter apps for that perfect selfie which nobody actually wants to see. Meanwhile, black hat hackers are rubbing their hands and filling their pockets.
                              PS Majority of the victims are probably who-a-who fans 😂
                              Also, NEVER connect to a wifi that has no password and it's not yours!
                              🌈👽💋

                                LoutervanPlaisier, 04 Jul 2022There's one benefit of not fasten your seatbelt and th... moreYou know, with this logic your car doesn't need doors either. Or brakes. Or roof.
                                Wait, I think I found your best vehicle! Electric scooter! No doors, no seatbelts, super fast to get out of (just make a step) and STILL drives you around!

                                  Why sideload at all?

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                                    • LoutervanPlaisier
                                    • mbD
                                    • 04 Jul 2022

                                    Anonymous, 03 Jul 2022Never the same situation, because there's no benefit o... moreThere's one benefit of not fasten your seatbelt and that's to be faster out of your car, when necassary or not. It's just easier to go without. Yes, less safety if you mind, but query free on duty.

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                                      • Anonymous
                                      • j9G
                                      • 04 Jul 2022

                                      Big doubt. The only reason Microsoft would claim this is to scare people into thinking they need to use Microsoft Defender which was recently released. This is just a glorified advertisement. Android phones now have many precautions which prevent sideloading by normal people. Anyone who is stupid enough to download an app from an untrustworthy website frankly deserves that malware.

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                                        • 03 Jul 2022

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