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Many people, some of whom visit here are suspicious of Windows 10 and prefer to use a more open-source type of operating system. Of course, these have both advantages and disadvantages.
I have reported a number of issues with Android over the last few months, apps being produced with malware embedded etc.

The latest revelation is that thousands of apps have hidden back doors. The type of backdoors ranged from secret access keys, master passwords, to secret commands. Today I have experienced attacks on my wife's PC to the point of corrupting a file she was working on, destroying her WIFI connection, blocking her ability to print documents, and stopping normal use of her mobile phone. At the same time, having changed my mobile phone provider a couple of months ago following 41 days of zero signal with Three without any warnings from the company, during the last six month period at a time when almost everyone is working from home, I finally gave in my notice to them yesterday and not only attacks on my home network but also (sad and impotent) script kiddie files injected into my phone's data stream to kill the mobile signal appear to be the result. They say in every barrel there are always one or two bad apples, yet nobody is ever answerable for these attacks, I uninstalled their app and the attacks stopped

To give you the full picture about the Android app vulnerability read about it here
 
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We have a "rule of thumb" here - NEVER use the phones or tablets for ANYTHING "sensitive" like "financial stuff".

W10 may not be that "great", but, together with "half-decent" 3rd party antimalware, it's not been too bad "so far" in keeping the buggers "out".
 

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We have a "rule of thumb" here - NEVER use the phones or tablets for ANYTHING "sensitive" like "financial stuff".

W10 may not be that "great", but, together with "half-decent" 3rd party antimalware, it's not been too bad "so far" in keeping the buggers "out".
I totally agree but have never done financial stuff online, SWMBO, and I have never trusted it however the banks are on a collision course with the aging general public making it harder and harder to not use their digital platforms, telephone banking being the prime example. Our local bank closed two years ago and we have been shoved in with their sister bank, but the queues are horrendous at most times of the day.
 

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Do all kinds of financials on my phone here in Sweden even my tax return. Most things are protected by BankID .
 

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Do all kinds of financials on my phone here in Sweden even my tax return. Most things are protected by BankID .
Maybe that's OK if you do a lot of "stuff" on your phone and so you are very familiar with how it works and what to "avoid", but if, like us, you don't then there is a higher likelihood of "getting something wrong" and "importing" something that you really don't want!

PS: just got a new Motorola phone that is larger than my old one, but, even so, I have trouble with screen-based keyboards because I have quite large fingers - which are much more suited to using a large "old-fashioned" physical keyboard (I wrote this reply in a couple of minutes on that, whereas it would probably have taken me 10 on a phone screen keyboard) - Thus I am more likely to make errors when using the phone keyboard, and that might not be "good news" :rolleyes:
 
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