About CalyxOS

:fire: We’re driven by a passion to give people agency over their digital lives
Private By Design

Everyone needs a phone. Not everyone wants governments and corporations tracking their every move and spying on their communications. CalyxOS lets you have your cake and eat it too, with “Privacy by Design”

In social science, agency is defined as: the capacity of individuals to act independently and to make their own free choices. There is a whole community of free software developers working to build tools that enable us to take back our privacy, and we have curated a collection of the “best of the best” in order to give you back your agency.

When you use a phone with CalyxOS:

  • you are empowered by the combined expertise of the Internet privacy community
  • ‘de-googled’ Android - does not put your data in google’s cloud or constantly report your location to google
  • you can make encrypted phone calls directly, using the built-in integration for Signal and WhatsApp calls
  • you are warned when you make or receive an unencrypted phone call
  • text messages are encrypted and a timer can be set so they disappear
  • advertising and trackers blocked via DuckDuckGo Browser and DuckDuckGo as default search provider
  • web browsing is anonymized via Tor Browser
  • built-in free “Virtual Private Network” services from trusted organizations protect you from being spied on
  • your phone is receiving regular, timely, automatic security updates
  • your data is backed up with strong encryption to your personal cloud server or to USB storage

Who is it for?

CalyxOS is for you :blush:.

CalyxOS minimizes the tracking, surveillance, and spying done by phone manufacturers, mobile phone service providers, internet service providers, advertising companies, data miners, and malicious hackers. The operating system is designed to ensure maximum usability and flexibility, so that you have an array of choices available to ensure your privacy and security.

CalyxOS is designed with the needs of human rights frontline defenders, journalists, lawyers, and political and social activist groups in mind.

This is from, folks that provide many of us with mobile internet access, and generally well-liked folks. :slight_smile:

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As a member of the Calyx Institute, we want you to be the first to know that we’re now offering Pixel 4a phones pre-installed with CalyxOS as a thank-you gift for the CalyxOS Privacy Defender level of membership.

They’ve only got 100 at launch, but if you’ve like to spend $600 on a more secure Pixel 4a and support a good org and project, becoming a supporting member of Calyx Institute seems prudent.