In this part Ill talk about: De-Googling your mobile OS.Getting around SIM, eSIM and IMEI while still using your phoneBitcoin and Lightning Network apps that can be utilized on a de-Googled phone.Steps to construct your opt-out plan. It also isnt utilized as a backend for the OS services as it would be somewhere else considering that GrapheneOS doesnt use Google Play even when its set up. Connect to your Samourai Dojo or utilize it for Whirlpool.BlueWallet: BlueWallet is a simple to use custodial wallet for both Bitcoin and Lightning.SBW: A simple and simple Bitcoin and Lightning appProtonVPN: This is the VPN service I use– they have a free customer with limited country connection options, however likewise use pay tiers. (You will probably want to make a new Telegram account, because you may have used your own personal number to validate your account)Element: A chat app used by many. No SIM card– to show I have no sim and IMEI was never registeredAll the Bitcoin and LN apps I utilize and downloaded the APKs of so I can use Bitcoin privately.I got called a “boomer” for taking photos of my GrapheneOS instead of doing screenshots, but this gives a “genuine offer” feel and look.This is a visitor post by Anthony Feliciano.
This is a viewpoint editorial by Anthony Feliciano, a Bitcoin event organizer and consultant.Now to part 2 of my series on how our smart devices spy on us. You can discover part one here. In this part Ill talk about: De-Googling your mobile OS.Getting around SIM, eSIM and IMEI while still using your phoneBitcoin and Lightning Network apps that can be utilized on a de-Googled phone.Steps to develop your opt-out plan. CalyxOS And GrapheneOS provides a sandbox Google Play: “GrapheneOS has a compatibility layer offering the choice to install and utilize the official releases of Google Play in the basic app sandbox. Google Play receives definitely no special access or advantages on GrapheneOS as opposed to bypassing the app sandbox and getting a huge quantity of highly privileged access. Rather, the compatibility layer teaches it how to work within the full app sandbox. When its installed, it likewise isnt used as a backend for the OS services as it would be elsewhere since GrapheneOS does not utilize Google Play even.”CalyxOS offers an option in practice too with their Aurora Store. The property behind Aurora Store is that the Google Play service is replaced with microg:” [It] changes some functions of Google Play Services while preserving much more privacy and privacy.” This allows you to download the apps you understand and already utilize everyday. I am a present user of GrapheneOS and have been for a couple of years now– this is my opt-out strategy when Ive had enough of Big Tech and draconian government overreach. I have checked out many features of GrapheneOS and tools I can and cant use. In my following post I will share what you can do as well.SIM, eSIM And IMEIEvery time you purchase a new phone from a company, you are adhering to KYC (understand your customer) procedures, handing your information over to the cell company. In exchange you get a new smart device with a SIM card (or on some newer phones an eSIM), and designated an IMEI number that permits access to the providers mobile phone network. That info can be a part of a subpoena to a company for the records, together with all your information, text, web history etc., as well. What can you do? You still wish to interact with good friends, household, have internet access and be linked to the remainder of the world. You can still stroll into Best Buy today and buy unlocked phones in money. Purchase the mobile phone outright, and it will not be connected to a service provider such as Verizon, ATT or T-Mobile. There is no individual information given out, and you can take your phone to whichever provider you need access to by buying a SIM or eSIM card. * Bitcoiner pro tip: you can buy eSIM and pay through BTC or Lightning. Perk Bitcoiner professional pointer: prior to purchasing, ensure when checking out any site, you are using a VPN and/or Tor to further decrease your online footprint. If you are going to buy by means of BTC, please make sure you use post-CoinJoin BTC via JoinMarket. For Lightning, make certain the funds you utilize to open channels from your base layer BTC are from a post CoinJoin to make Lightning payments. One example of a website offering eSIMs for BTC is Silent.Link. This is the extreme action of my opt-out strategy. When purchasing a SIM card, the option is yours. The phone IMEI number will be provided as part of activation to make sure it is not blacklisted (stolen)when you acquire a SIM in cash. My opt-out phone has actually never ever been activated via SIM, and my phone is an older model so there is no eSIM option. I use Wi-Fi hotspots to access the internet together with a VPN and Tor. There is an advanced strategy called IMEI spoofing– I have actually not tried this method out, however the goal is to get around IMEI that have actually been blacklisted from accessing network service providers. Altering the SIM will not assist either, due to the fact that the IMEI is still blacklisted. * Note – When using Wi-Fi, very little info about the gadget is taped, particularly the MAC address, device model, internet browser utilized and OS– your SIM and IMEI number are not taped. Nevertheless, if your phone pings a cell tower, then details is taped and records can be quickly gotten by just locating the IMEI number.Bitcoin And De-Google SmartphoneNow to the Bitcoiners out there who are finally fed up with all the spying and tracking, lets add some Bitcoin and Lightning Networks apps to actually make your phone optimal for your opt-out plan. What follows is a list of Bitcoin and Lightning Network apps put out by designers and business who release them as Android Package Kits (APKs). APKs are of crucial significance when utilizing de-Googled phones since the designers behind them permit them to be set up on your phone without the need of Google Play service and all the tracking behind it. As Samourai learnt, having your app in the Google Play Store suggests you need to adhere to their demand to remove security features. Samourai did the next best thing– direct download by means of APK.Below are the Bitcoin and Lightning Network apps I use and where to get their APKs, but there are probably more.Zeus: Right on their primary page is the APK download. An ideal app to utilize to link to your node.Breez: From their Github page: “Breez is a Lightning Network mobile customer and a center. It provides a platform for basic, immediate bitcoin payments.”Electrum: Download the APK for Android. ** Note: link Electrum to your node networks. onion address, do not use automatic servers when linking ** Tor: Download the APK. This is the Tor Browser used for connecting to the internet.Samourai Wallet: Download the APK. Link to your Samourai Dojo or use it for Whirlpool.BlueWallet: BlueWallet is a simple to use custodial wallet for both Bitcoin and Lightning.SBW: A easy and easy Bitcoin and Lightning appProtonVPN: This is the VPN service I use– they have a complimentary customer with restricted country connection alternatives, but likewise provide pay tiers. Discover an excellent quality VPN service that provides their app through apk. Telegram: You can buy a SIM/eSIM with bitcoin to get a phone number to use as one-time confirmation through SMS. (You will most likely desire to make a brand-new Telegram account, considering that you may have used your own individual number to verify your account)Element: A chat app used by numerous. Some become aware of Matrix, element is the app you can download on your phone. Anybody utilizing APKs must just utilize those found on a jobs main site or Github page. It is highly advised to prevent websites that offer APKs for an app you cant discover– I do not trust them, they are rebuilt by the sites and who knows if you are getting the real app or one loaded with remote access to any information you enter in there. If you cant find the projects APK quickly on their site, contact them directly and ask. Actions To Build Your Opt-Out Plan: Pick a de-Googled OS.Load Bitcoin and Lightning apps at home.Add security apps like a VPN and Tor browser.Leave your home, take your backup phone with you.Find out what works/doesnt work for you.What apps can you “not live without?”Ask yourself, “What security gaps did I miss?”Gain confidence in being able to use Bitcoin privately.I hope you found this short article handy. For me, this is simply another sounded as you climb up down the ladder of the Bitcoin rabbit hole. Utilizing technology does not indicate we have to quit flexibilities for the simple and convenient alternatives. It suggests we can develop an opt-plan and still utilize Bitcoin. If you enjoyed this, provide my two other short articles a read, “Is This Mobile Banking– Bitcoin On The Go”– where I make my Lightning node mobile and take it on a trip. Then read, “How To Make To Make Your Lightning Network Node Mobile”– thats the technical guide on how to make the node mobile. If you can integrate all three subjects, youll be on your method to really deciding out.I have actually consisted of 3 images to depict completion goal.A Google Pixel that was flashed with GrapheneOS. No SIM card– to reveal I have no sim and IMEI was never ever registeredAll the Bitcoin and LN apps I use and downloaded the APKs of so I can use Bitcoin privately.I got called a “boomer” for taking images of my GrapheneOS instead of doing screenshots, however this provides a “real deal” feel and look.This is a visitor post by Anthony Feliciano. Opinions expressed are completely their own and do not always reflect those of BTC Inc or Bitcoin Magazine.