I’ve started the process of securing my Android phone as much as possible/reasonable for me and part of that includes replacing native apps for PWAs as much as possible (especially social media). Brave allows you to install a website as an app but I know there are dedicated apps like Native Alpha which do this as well. Is there any security benefit to creating PWAs or PWA-like apps through dedicated apps like NA or will the browser suffice? I’ve installed Native Alpha and just from a cursory glance, you do seem to get finer control over the PWAs like sandboxing and other tweaks but are these customization options enough to use it over Brave for example?
Honestly, it’s personal preference. Brave is going to have its benefits like tracker and Adblocking. Even if the dedicated PWA apps have some of those features… I doubt they’re anywhere near the same quality.
Now as you mentioned, the dedicated PWA apps have more dedicated settings. They’re built for it, right? Plus sandboxing is (in my opinion) a huge benefit. You don’t need to worry about cookie and browser data as much.
Personally I’d use the dedicated PWA apps, and just rely on my DNS to block trackers.
True, but I mainly rely on my NextDNS config with blocklists to block ads so it’s okay if NA doesn’t. It’s true that the web apps are slow but I’m okay with that if it means I don’t have to deal with trackers as much. Mobile data consumption isn’t really an issue as I do have an unlimited data plan.
I don’t know about YouTube ads anymore as they’re starting to implement the policy of blocking video playback if you have adblockers turned on, but as for other ads and trackers yes you should be able to deal with a good majority of them with NextDNS blocklists.
You can block trackers but not ads. NextDNS uses DNS-based filtering. The problem is that YouTube/Google doesn’t implement video ads on separate domains like ads.youtube.com (This domain doesn’t exist, just an example). It implements these ads on domains used by Youtube to work, so if you block these domains, YouTube won’t work. (Videos not working, buggy links, no “login” button, etc…).
If YouTube/Google does implement ads on separate domains, sure, NextDNS will block these ads but that’s not the case
The best option here is to use NewPipe or a browser capable of blocking ads without DNS like Brave and Firefox.
Depends on you need, what you are looking for, and what are you using them for.
For me, I use Brave for Twitter, as Brave blocks all Twitter ads and cookie banners which are annoying, on mobile.
For this forum, I use the PWA(Safari). Great isolation from the browser itself and there’s nothing(like ads) to really block on this forum. This also applies with something like elk.zone for mastodon.
For IG, if you have used them before via their web app interface, you’d know that this method is unusable(for web apps that are kept inside of your browsers)(both on Brave and Firefox!), so for that, if I were to use it, I’d use the PWA.
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