Why the hell can't Capital One email me my new credit card number and details?

I’m not sure of the Microsoft feature you’re describing as I don’t use any of their personal apps or services (LibreOffice & Thunderbird FTW). If you are talking about sandboxing, then it’s a built-in feature on Android – apps don’t have access to other apps. When it looks like they do (for example, you can get to Uber / Lyft from Google Maps), they don’t, it’s just a link / shortcut to another app.

There’s 12 million results on google about installing Android in VirtualBox. I haven’t tried it.

As far as taking any extra precautions on Android besides the obvious (like turning off bluetooth and NFC), I replace the launcher to get rid of the built-in Google features (news feed, search bar, voice spy), use Startup Manager to disable unnecessary apps from auto launching on startup, and NoRoot Firewall to prevent offline apps (or non-uninstallable apps that I don’t use) from getting online. We’re getting way off topic tho :slight_smile:


Way off topic, or not, thank you!

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Plus Android is open source, so you can inspect the source code. Most apps rely on the built-in security features, so if you’re confident in the OS I would think that would be sufficient. If you have a carrier-unique version of Android that you’re not confident in, you can replace it with a version you are.


Thank you! Just made me nervous when you said apps could see a list of other installed apps.

The Microsoft thing gives us access to work emails through outlook exchange, teams, sharepoint sites, time reporting, etc. Kind of like remote connect/VPN into the company’s network.

They say that the work apps can’t access the personal apps that weren’t downloaded through the work app store. Admittedly I’m probably not explaining this right because I don’t fully understand.

Haven’t used virtualbox, but may try that. For VMWare I tried 6 times with instructions from 4 different sites, but it required command line modifications and I’m sure somehow, somewhere, I screwed something up that was common knowledge to most people trying to do this.

This is a standard feature of all package managers on all operating systems (that I know of) and I’m not aware of any easy way to “silo” this (the hard way is to create multiple VM instances as you wanted).

Probably not, because AFAIK there’s no difference between work or personal “apps” themselves. Access is usually associated with your account / sign-in credentials. You can have more than one account.


I wouldn’t go this far, because I’m not sure if Android even provides security around client-server communications (Windows and Linux do not, you have to bring in other packages and write a lot of it yourself). Things like SSL/TLS are complicated and require great care, especially when it comes to certificate validation. Even if Android contains the API for everything, it does not mean that the application developer wrote the application to make all the right API calls correctly.

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