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Do you use the classic buttons (hardware or software) or gestures on your Android device?

@hund Even from a security and privacy standpoint.

@hund Yes. Gestures can be controlled from remote people when hacked but you need physical access for button controls because the software needs to register your tapping and at least I think that is not a thing hackers can do.

@XxAlexXx @hund The buttons too. You can simulate hardware inputs, like keystrokes easily with the `input` binary (available on most (all?) Android distributions).

@tobtobxx @hund Huh really? I didn't knoe. Thanks for letting me know

@XxAlexXx @hund See this SO post, for more info: stackoverflow.com/questions/77 (Android commandline is very poorly documented..)

You can't do it out of an app (obviously), but when you have access to the commandline. No root needed.

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Pretty sure can do everything programmatically, except a few newer phones have HSMs (security chips - eg. The Titan chips in newer Pixel phones) where theres a direct link to a physical button

Encryption/signing/confirmation operations can require someone to physically push a button

A classic/common tactic for malicious apps is to try to get you to enable it as a 'accessibility service provider'

Can then intercept your taps, perform inputs, change what you see on screen
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@hund I use gestures for refreshing pages and the like, for anything else I use buttons, but I didn't even know there were gestures for other things. Maybe my version of android is just too old.

@hund On a normal phone there is no reason to prefer gestures over buttons. Is it?

@hund I use gestures. Because I don't like the fact that the software buttons take up physical space on my screen :)

@hund
I used BB10 For 5 years, I miss the gestures from it. Even neo android and ios don't have as fleshed out gestures as BB10 did on release.

@KyleRuzic @hund I still use BB10 over android whenever I can. I think BB10, Meego, and WebOS all did gestures better.

@hund buttons, gesture is just half-assed now, both in Android 10 and 11

@hund Buttons. I like the idea of gestures, but on Android they’re so bad that using them is probably some form of masochism.

@hund I've been using Android buttons and Gesture Bar app.

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