newbie here :)
I've been reading lots of forum posts and I really appreciate the helpful and friendly community here!
To keep it as short as possible, I'm currently still not clear on what the actual benefits of having more than one profile would be.
What I gathered from this thread here and many related threads is that multiple profiles mainly help to prevent apps from communicating with each other and with Google Play Service.
(The other benefits like encrypted profile data or multiple family members don't apply to me or are less important, since the data is encrypted anyway unless the phone is unlocked because it's currently in use).
I've also understood that each person's threat model is different and has to be evaluated individually.
However, that's not enough, because in order to make an informed decision for or against multiple profiles, I would also need to understand the benefits and downsides clearly.
So here are my questions:
1) Since GOS sandboxes each app anyway and doesn't allow it to "trespass" beyond it's sandbox unless I specifically allow it, what difference does it make whether the app lives in the owner profile or a separate one?
2) If an app requires Google Services to work (like some banking apps, let's say), then they need to and probably will communicate with Google Services. Therefore, they need to live in the same user profile.
Moreover, this communication is going to be strictly limited between those 2 apps.
Having these 2 apps in a separate folder doesn't change anything about this situation, so again, how is it different from having them in one single owner profile along with all other apps?
3) For clarity, let's take a specific example: What exactly would be different if I were to use, let's say:
- Google Maps
- banking apps
to name a few in one single owner profile, compared to separating the Google and banking apps into a separate profile?
Maybe pointing out what specifically would change from a security or privacy point would help me get a better grasp on this.
4) A lot of people here seem to be particularly "worried" about the Google Play Store and either put it in a separate folder or choose Aurora instead.
I am probably missing something here, but isn't the "only" relevant difference that I need a gmail address to use the Play Store?
So the main reason for choosing Aurora over the Play Store would be that Google doesn't know which apps I'm downloading?
Because from my understanding, with GOS it still won't get any data on how I use those downloaded apps (unless I give those apps permissions to communicate with the Play Store), Google only knows that I downloaded the apps, correct?
Thanks so much!