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Just switched to a new phone carrier, and they had a promotion that included a free phone: the Google Pixel 8. I'm not a fan of Google, but I am a fan of free, so I took the bait.

It's already bombarded me with pitches for their new AI bullshit. I've opted out of as much as the settings allow, but I'm under no illusion that doing so actually provides any real privacy.

So, damage control time.

On my previous device I used YouTube Vanced for music and videos, but I guess Vanced isn't around anymore, and I'm pretty out of date on what the current options are... any insight on streaming specifically?


*I'm a medic who's only surface-level competent with tech, so please idiot-proof any instructions.

Thanks all!

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[–] 6 points 1 month ago (3 children)

I believe NetGuard will act as a VPN. This will prevent you from using an actual VPN.

[–] 7 points 1 month ago (2 children)

I believe NetGuard will act as a VPN.

Yes, correct.

This will prevent you from using an actual VPN.

It is indeed a drawback I forgot about (but a VPN connection can also be made on a local router at home).

[–] 1 points 3 weeks ago (1 children)

A local VPN defeats the purpose. A VPN server that gets lots of request from different devices is what you want because then noone can know who made which request, they only see it's coming from the VPN server.

[–] 1 points 3 weeks ago

NetGuard uses a VPN connection inside the phone. NetGuard is not like a VPN server, it will just block network access for apps you want to block access for.