A few corrections and notes:Lol 99,9% of google play apps has loggers and trackers and sure FB and signal has it too. Even apps on f-droid has logers and trackers but its mentions in app description aka Anti-features..
You can use NetGuard, XPrivacyLua, Warden, AppManager, etc to block/facking evil actions/services in apps.
Well, welcome to the privacy freedom club!
I'm in that club from android 6... when you'll get used to you'll not missing gapps at all.. mybe apps aren't that beautiful as in google play but sure they are more functional and privacy friendly.
Don't be scared just download f-droid from f-droid.org set permision for storage only. Run fdroid refresh repo by pulling down on 1st page wait to finish and viola you're ready to explore.
I advice you to search AdAway and NetGuard for start. You have threads on XDA for all that apps. Than you can download AuroraDroid more repos and nicer GUI for fdroid. Well just explore and search for info on XDA or github/gitlab.
For banking its safe as it can be on PC, you can use fennec, firefox, klar and setting up for privacy + ublock.
Again, welcome to privacy freedom.
DO NOT DOWNLOAD APKS FROM ANY SITE IF YOU DONT KNOWN THE DEVELOPER. IT'S EASY TO INSERT MALICIOUS CODE INTO APK AND UPLOAD IT... JUST DON'T DO THAT!!!
Good luck and stay safe.
- Signal contains no trackers. It is fully FOSS, so you can check it.
- Using banking apps is more secure than using a browser, simply because it is much easier to compromise a PC than to infect a smartphone. Privacy settings in browsers and uBlock don't keep you safe from trojans.
- The Google Play ecosystem is a much better guarantee against malware than f-droid an sich when it comes to non-FOSS apps. Best app sources are the ones like Github and Gitlab, though these lack update notifications.
- Netguard indeed is a great tool to block unwanted internet connections, and with the addition of XPrivacyLua to fake data that cannot be blocked it will keep you as safe as you can be.
- As a general rule: don't use public WiFi spots, limit yourself to your home WiFi and only use cellular connections outside.