Encryption is the process of transforming information to make it unreadable to anyone except those possessing special knowledge.

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Upgraded to Lollipop, tried to encrypt my phone, now it's not working

I downloaded the update to Lollipop today for my 2nd gen Moto G. A few hours later, I went into the security settings to encrypt the phone. I put my password in, it rebooted and showed a screen with ...
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Fast way to update custom ROM on encrypted phone?

If I add corporate (exchange) account to my phone I am forced to use PIN and now it even forces me to encrypt the phone. I have not done it yet but I need to. I udate my ROM - cyanogenmod - quite ...
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Is it possible to set an encryption password different than lock screen pin?

I set up phone encryption using a numeric password. android 4.4.4 on One plus one (Cyanogenmod 11S). now on the lock screen I'm asked for the same numeric password (but instead of a text input field, ...
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Is there a way for a user to tell if their Android device is encrypted or not?

There is a semi-relevant thread on SO https://stackoverflow.com/questions/12640708/check-if-android-filesystem-is-encrypted that explains how a developer would determine if full-disk encryption is ...
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Mounting an encrypted filesystem from the terminal

I have a USB-OTG device with an encrypted LUKS filesystem. Typically, on Linux you just run cryptsetup luksOpen ... to open up the device. On Android 4.4.4 (CyanogenMod 11M9), how can I unlock an ...
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Decrypting wpa_supplicant.conf on Samsung Galaxy mobiles

When I do cat on wpa_supplicant.conf file on Samsung mobiles, I see that the passwords are encrypted. But when I open the same file on LG mobiles, I can see the passwords in plain text. This is what ...
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How can I find Android unencrypted messaging apps? [closed]

I need to check all popular Android messaging apps on my network. What can I read or not. How can I find which apps crypted or encrypted? If crypted, what method and what is crypted(message or ...
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Removing Encryption from Device [duplicate]

I have a T-Mobile branded Samsung Galaxy S4. I have rooted it and currently running danvdh's Pure Nexus 4.4.4 ROM. I have my device encrypted and on ART runtime. I found the new 5.0 ROM and ...
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How does Samsung implement SD card encryption?

My android device just stopped working. I still have my SD card, but all data in it is encrypted. Encryption has been performed at file level, so I have the directory structure and filenames in plain ...
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How to make full backup of encrypted Lollipop Nexus 5 device?

This guide describes how to make full backup of whole memory block. My N5 is encrypted with Android 5.0. As far as I understand new mechanism, it envolves dependency on some external data taken from ...
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Can I undo the encryption on my Samsung Ace Style?

I want to keep my info private, but I don't want to mess up accessibility or have trouble answering my phone when I'm driving. Can I undo the phone encryption after I have applied it?
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Does Vaulty app use AES encryption?

In the knowledge base of the Vaulty app to answer this question: Is Vaulty safe? they say that they modify the files and the files are safe. I wonder if Vaulty is really safe and specifically whether ...
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my RCA tablet does not have an encrption option

I have an RCA Pro 10 tablet with Android 4.4.2. Under the security setting there is no option for encryption. My other tablet (which is not an RCA) has the encryption option. My question is, Did ...
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Did my tablet ever start the encryption process?

Before I went to bed yesterday I switched on encryption on my Kindle Fire HD (Cyanogen KitKat ROM), and ended up seeing this screen: Looking around, apparently it's supposed to also have the text ...
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Merging a Crypt7 and a Crypt8 whatsapp backup

I have been searching a lot in the past couple of weeks on how to merge two whatsapp backup. Last month I got a new phone, installed whatsapp along with my old backup. During installation, whatsapp ...
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Is 4.0+ Disk Encryption compatible with Custom Recovery/KitKat ROMs?

There is a prior question that answers this for Android 3.0 but some stuff I have read elsewhere has said that installing TWRP will not work with encryption in more recent versions of Android, so I ...
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How to manually intall an OTA zip on an encrypted HTC One GPE?

I have a HTC One that was converted to a Google Phone Edition. It's full stock, no root and original recovery, and received the 4.3 and 4.4 OTA updates without a problem. I encrypted my phone, and ...
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How to downgrade from Android 5 to 4.4.4 on an encrypted phone?

After certain troubles with Android 5 (see How to fix file permissions on Android 5 so that a certain app can access certain files?) I decided to go back to 4.4.4 on my Nexus 4 for the time being. ...
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Boot to lock screen with encryption

After upgrading to Android 5 on my Nexus 10, I've now gone the extra step and enabled encryption. One thing that bothers me though: It doesn't boot to lock screen any more. I get asked my lock ...
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Installing Certificates on an Android device

From my understanding, to connect to a certificate-based VPN, one must download say a p12 file onto the Android device, then use "Install from Storage" in order to install the certificate and use it ...
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How to stop beeping noise from the unencrypt device screen

I have encrypted my phone, and set it so that it reboots each night - this works fine, however after it reboots, it asks for my password to unencrypted the device - still fine, however after a bit, it ...
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How to change encryption password - Android 5.0

My encryption password is too simple and was wondering how I could change it without having to reset the whole phone? I know there is an app for Android 4, but what would be the procedure on an ...
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How to get the “encrypt external sd card” option to show (on a LG Optimus F6)?

The "encrypt external sd card" option doesn't show up under Settings->Security on my LG Optimus F6, or my Huawei Y301-A2. A microSD card, FAT32 formatted and empty, is inserted and recognized ...
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encryption and fingerprint unlock

Can you use the finger print scanner to unlock when the phone is encrypted? Everywhere I've looked it says you cant do it but I encrypted my phone and i can still use the finger print unlock when ...
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Android Lolipop broke my enyrpted nexus 7 (2012)

I just received the update and now my device does not boot any more. I comes to the point where I have to enter my encryption password. The first time it did this it said: “Unfortunately your ...
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Encrypting Galaxy S3 with custom recovery

I have installed CWM recovery long ago to root my device. Today, I want to encrypt storage using Android's built-in device encryption. I set the lockscreen password, then confirm the operation but ...
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K-9 Mail not working with Openkeychain

K-9 does not seem to find the installed Openkeychain app. OKC works fine and so does K-9 except for this problem. Both programs have been installed from F-Droid and are the the latest version. I am ...
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Security of Android cryptography in versions < 5.0 against government agencies

Recently, both Google and Apple announced their new OSes encrypt the device by default. This caused a lot of complaints from government agencies. Let me quote an article ...
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Loss of internal memory (encrypted) after swapping SIM card

To be able to install the e-mail client to receive my job e-mails on my cell phone, I had to encrypt its internal memory. Everything was working fine, until the day I swapped the SIM card for a minute ...
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I encrypted my phone (samsung S4) of which i dont remember the password. Need help to unlock it and save the data

I am using Samsung S4. I can't remember the password i setup while encrypting it. Is there a way to unlock the device ? If it cant be unlocked how do i factory reset the device or i'll have to go to ...
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How do I re-enable swipe to unlock?

I recently encrypted my Android 4.4.2 device (S4 Active) and have now unencrypted it. However the only options I still have to unlock my phone are PIN and Password. When I attempt to change it it now ...
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My Device has Randomly encrypted itself???Restore data?

After flashing Ubuntu touch my whole device encrypted itself i don't know the pass code I cant wipe nor restore a backup nor backup what can i do to save all my data. How can i restore this and my ...
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Sudden Encryption, No recovery mode

My girlfriend's phone (A Samsung Galaxy SII) is now stuck at an encryption screen. When you turn it on it wants a password, problem being we never encrypted the phone. It was rooted, if that matters. ...
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how to backup files from an encrypted SD card for upgrade

recently bought a new SD card and I want to transfer the files from my current one to the new card. However, the files on the current card are encrypted and I have no way to copy them. I need some way ...
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How can i encrypt “/storage/emulated” with terminal commands?

I have encrypted my Android device in the terminal with: su; vdc cryptfs enablecrypto inplace PASSWORD During boot the following message appears: Type password to decrypt storage On which ...
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How to disable visible password feedback on the decryption screen of encrypted devices?

How do you disable visible password feedback on the decryption screen during boot (for encrypted devices)? I have unchecked "Make passwords visible" under Settings/Security/Passwords but this does ...
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How to obtain crypto header and footer from Nexus 5 Android 4.4

I'm interested in how to find the crypto_header and crypto_footer for disk encryption on a Nexus 5. A lot of articles have them for specific devices and I was wondering if there was any information on ...
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Is there a way to map/translate a pattern-lock to a numeric PIN?

I just encrypted my Moto X (Gen 1) (KitKat 4.4.4) using the default encryption option from the Settings > Security menu. After the encryption process finished, it asks me, "Type password to decrypt ...
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Encryption precautions on android

So I want to encrypt my phone and my SD card. What are the precautions should I have? What if my phone doesn't work anymore. Can I restore the data again? What should I do in order to make sure that ...
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S5 Phone and SD Card Encryption: Do I need to enter in password twice?

I have a Samsung Galaxy S5. If I encrypt the phone and the SD card, presumably with the same PIN/password, do I need to enter in the PIN two times to access the SD card? I see that encrypting the ...
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TLS version support

I am trying to backtrack the versions of TLS support on Android. More in detail: From which version of Android started TLS 1.0 support From which version of Android started TLS 1.1 support From ...
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Unlock encrypted Android from ADB

I have the following problem: Somehow, this evening the touchscreen of my Sony Xperia Z broke. I have two thin cracks in the display and everything on the right side of the crack does not react. I ...
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Remove password from Galaxy Tab4

My wife set password to her tablet and asks me to remove it. I opened settings -> security -> device encryption entering password but option none (i.e. no password) is disabled (with message ...
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Does encryption, factory reset, encryption make a safer used phone?

I recently purchased a used Moto X. I know the person I bought it from so I'm not terribly worried but here is my idea to shore up the security on a used device. Don't put in your SIM card or log ...
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How can I use Public Key Authentication for SFTP in ES File Explorer?

I want to use SFTP to transfer files from Android to a Linux box using Public Key authentication rather than a traditional user name and password. Ideally I would like to use ES File Explorer (as I ...
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Encrypted Sony Z1 Compact stolen - will it be possible to reset and reinstall phone without PIN code?

Today my Sony Z1 Compact Android phone (4.4 Kit Kat) is stolen. Bad luck, but nobody's hurt and I'm quite sure my insurance will cover this. I've encrypted the phone and external SD card. Now this has ...
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Where is my TWRP backups on encrypted Android?

I encrypted my Android tablet which is a nexus 7. After that I did couple backups. Today I wanted to see the size of the total backups so I open the TWRP folder on my sdcard. There is nothing there. ...
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Encrypting Nexus 7 vs. screen lock

I read in this article that a non-encrypted tablet with only screen-lock on can have data read through USB. Is this really true for example for a Nexus 7 tablet? I mean - if I lock the screen you ...
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How to decrypt your device? [duplicate]

I encrypted my device thinking it'd be an added security thing. But after encrypting I realize, I cannot use slide to unlock ! There's no option given in the settings that says decrypt the device. ...
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Change Input Method without unlocking the phone?

Recently, I've installed a WiFi Keyboard application to my Android phone. This way, since both the phone and my computer were connected to the same WiFi network, I could access the phone's keyboard ...