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

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Encrypt the phone's internal storage

Is there a way to encrypt my phone's internal memory, in the same way you would encrypt a computer's partition? Ideally, the phone would always ask for the password when booting, and even if someone ...
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Undo Android 4.0 (aka Ice Cream Sandwich) Full Disk Encryption

Just upgraded my Nexus S to Android 4 aka Ice Cream Sandwich. Was looking through all the new features, and decided to enable encryption, which worked (and is working) just fine. Now I'm wondering if ...
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Will a Custom Recovery work with an encrypted device?

I wanted to know whether using Android's built-in encryption (introduced in 3.0) would affect my ability to use a custom recovery (Clockwork Mod in my case). More specifically if I will still be able ...
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What is the Streaming Decryption setting in Google Drive?

I notice a "Streaming Decryption" option under Encryption Settings. For me, it was not selected by default. The description under this setting is a little unclear: Decrypt documents into a stream ...
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Automatically connect to Wi-Fi nodes, but route everything through encryption

Related to my question about VPNs, is there any way to get my phone to automatically connect to unencrypted access points, but route all my traffic through my home network? This would be kind of like ...
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What Android sync'd data is encrypted?

With the release of the firesheep plug-in for firefox it has become trivial for website browsing on open Wi-Fi networks to be hijacked by 3rd party listeners. Android offers the convenient auto-sync ...
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How do I secure/encrypt SD card data transparent to apps?

Are there any off-the-shelf options for securing the contents of an SD card so that files written by apps writing to SD are encrypted? If so, what is the best option? I'm looking for something for ...
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Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS) - Encryption, select different PIN than Screen Lock

I was wondering if one can select different passwords for device encryption in ICS? Having the same password for encryption and unlocking the screen isn't quite that secure... Thanks for hints.
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Is it reasonably safe to use PIN code for encryption?

On the Android 4.0 (Samsung Galaxy Nexus) there is a posibilty to encrypt the phone. I found this about the encryption on Android 3.0, is the same algorithms used in Android 4? ...
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Is there a way to route all traffic from Android through a proxy/tunnel to my Tomato router?

I'd like to be able to connect my Android phone to public Wi-Fi points (some with unencrypted connections), but: People can see what I'm doing by intercepting unencrypted radio transmissions The AP ...
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Does full device encryption protect my data from Google and the government?

Apple recently made waves within the tech community by refusing to comply with law enforcement in regards to accessing encrypted user data. Their statement was that they do not have the technical ...
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How to do backups and updates properly with full device encryption?

I think about the following use cases: 'Perfectly' reverse encryption without losing settings Update ROMs. Even if /system, /data, /sdcard (internal) are encrypted Low level Backups with CWM. When ...
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Is there any WEP cracking application available for android?

Is there any WEP cracking application available for android? If not is WEP cracking technically possible with the API's and hardware available on your average android phone? This is a purely ...
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If I set up a VPN, does *everything* go over it?

If I set up a VPN connection for Android, what gets routed over the VPN? Just web browsing? All internet connections from all apps? In Cyanogenmod, in the Add OpenVPN config, "Advanced" settings, ...
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Canonical explanation of Android Encryption and Vulnerabilities

Note: Well, the bounty expired and one possible reason could be effort required to address as I gather from comments. Seeing the number of upvotes, it appears to be of interest to others as well. I ...
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Which disk encryption standard is used in Honeycomb?

Does anyone posses an official or un-official information on which encryption standard is used in Honeycomb "encrypt tablet" option? Is there an information on any hacks or backdoors, placed for law ...
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Truecrypt on Android 2.2?

Has Truecrypt been ported over to Android yet? If yes, where can I get it from as I can't seem to find it in the Market unless it's named something different. If no, is anyone developing it? If no ...
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Does Android's Full Filesystem Encryption also Encrypt the SDcard?

In Android's filesystem encryption do they also encrypt the SDcard? If so Is encrypting the SDcard optional or is it encrypted by default when you choose to encrypt your device? Here's some info ...
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Encrypt Tablet in Android 3.1 hangs indefinitely

I've recently gotten an Asus EEE Pad Transformer (my first Android device) and I love it. I've updated it to 3.1 right away. I tried to enable the "Encrypt tablet" option. After following the ...
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Use custom lock screen on encrypted Jelly Bean device

I recently enabled encryption on my Nexus S running Android 4.1.1. I'm aware of all the benefits and drawbacks, and device encryption is definitely something I want. It's currently working fine. ...
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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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Will using a vpn also encrypt my 3G traffic?

Just wondering, because I've just set my phone up to forward wifi traffic through my DD-WRT router. But I've no way to verify if my 3G traffic is also going through my router. Does anyone know if 3G ...
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Turning on encryption for an Android 4.0 device

I need to encrypt my full file system on Android device. From this link, I understand that Android provides support to enable full file system encryption based on a password but that need to be ...
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How can I access data (such as WiFi keys) in an encrypted Titanium backup?

How can I decrypt an encrypted "Titanium Backup" backup using standard (linux) tools? Example: Wi-Fi serves as a practical example, many other uses may apply to the solution I'm looking for. If I ...
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Performance impact of device encryption

As far as I know, most or all Android devices don't have any hardware cryptography accelerators, so the block-level storage encryption happens on the CPU. How high is the impact of encrypting and ...
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Full encryption with Android?

I have an LG GT540 Optimus with Android. How can I encrypt all my filesystems to ensure that if it gets stolen, no one will get my passwords, contacts, etc.. :\ ? Thank you!
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Call Encryption

Is it possible to encrypt calls on Android OS? How do I do that?
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How do I cancel a half completed email configuration?

Phone is trapped trying to encrypt my device against my wishes. On my Nexus S I was recently upgraded to 4.0.4 and decided to try adding my work email to my personal phone. This previously didn't ...
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If I encrypt my phone will I still be able to load custom ROMs?

Are there any issues with enabling full encryption and loading custom ROMs or will it be seamless?
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Do I have to backup Titanium Backup's keys?

I just bought Titanium Backup and set up a scheduled encrypted backup of user+system apps and data, followed by Dropbox sync. Assuming I remember the passphrase, is all the data required for ...
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How do I decrypt files on my SD card that I encrypted using the Settings?

I have files that I used to copy from my SD card to my PC using the USB Mass Storage option under the "USB connection" pop-up. I checked the flag under Settings->Location & Security->Data ...
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Does encrypting the Xoom tablet use battery faster?

I recently decided to encrypt my Xoom tablet. The process went smoothly (full power, plugged in the whole time, took about an hour) but since the encryption, it seems like my battery life has ...
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Global readable private keys found in storage/emulated/0/data - Possible security risk?

I found following global readable files in /storage/emulated/0/data/IMS: cert.pem private_key.pem I have full access to this files with my file-manager/text-editor, so I think any other app will ...
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How can I decrypt an encrypted SD card (HTC Evo 4G) on a different device?

I encrypted both my phone and SD card upon purchasing my HTC Evo 4g LTE. Recently the phone died (would get to the login screen and then reboot). After a factory reset the SD card shows up as ...
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OpenVPN with Android 2.3.x - security concerns

I need to use my Android 2.3.x phone to access an OpenVPN server. I have CM 7 with built in support for OpenVPN and tun. My main concern is that I don't know where to put the keys in. If my phone gets ...
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How do you encrypt your device running CyanogenMod 12.1?

CyanogenMod 12 and 12.1 'Encrypt phone' setting is broken, and has been for quite a while. Is there any way to encrypt the phone in some other fashion? Can CM be sideloaded onto a phone with an ...
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In general, do Android apps use encrypted connections? If so, is public WiFi safer?

I know that connecting to public WiFi carries risks. I know that much of the risk has to do with sending data over a public connection, allowing it to be intercepted. So, my question is, do most ...
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How can I build the TextSecure app from source code?

Unless I’m mistaken, the TextSecure app (which provides encrypted text messaging—both over the wire and on disk) was pulled from the market a while back, leaving no way to install the app is readily ...
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LogMeIn Hamachi VPN

How do I connect my Android phone or tablet to a LogMeIn Hamachi VPN? Is it even possible? LogMeIn has command line clients for Linux, and of course Android has built-in VPN settings. Is there some ...
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Encryption of offline mail, calendar, contacts data on Android

I'm very new to Android and I wonder what I can do in terms of encryption. As I read it seems that only Android >= 2.3.3 supports encryption but my new device will be running Android 2.3.1. So I ...
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Device encryption fails, but no error

I am trying to encrypt my android device (Samsung S3, Modified 4.1.2). I have set a password and made sure my device is plugged in and charged over 80%. When I select the encryption option, the ...
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Ways to remove android device encryption

Since I still encounter issues with modified boot images and recovery images I want to remove the device encryption from my Nexus 4 (running 4.3). I known that there is no "official" way to to this ...
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Micro SD Card Not Detecting

I am Using a Android phone Sony Z3 (5.0 - Lollipop), the Issue is My SD Card My Micro SD Card is not detecting in mobile and PC Let me tell u clearly what i have done step by step? Encryption ...
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Stuck in Encryption Mode

I have an Android 4.0.1 10" tablet. I started encryption last night around 5:30pm. It is now 7:40 am the following morning and I still see the "green" Android icon on the screen. I had just bought the ...
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Android 5.0 FDE stopped asking for password during boot

The settings still says encrypted, but it no longer asks for passwod during boot. Lockscreen password is still there. How did this happen (bypassing encryption)? Google search indicated this is not ...
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SIM Card not detected after encrypting device

I have a Samsung Galaxy Pocket Neo (Model GT-S5310B) running Android 4.1.2 The device is not rooted and the update notifier tells me I have the latest available version installed. Today I tried ...
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Is full device encryption possible on LG Optimus L5 II (LG-E460)?

After starting the encryption process from within the Device Policy Manager for Google Apps the device will reboot, and immediately get stuck on the boot loader while happily displaying the LG logo ...
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Creating and handling an encrypted folder on sd-card for unrooted devices

I'm looking for a way to create an encrypted folder on the sd-card and provide password protected access to its contents. Ideally, this would provide a UI to encrypt new files by moving files to 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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Are there any known rom(s) with full device encryption incorporated? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Where can I find stock or custom ROMs for my Android device? Are there any recommendable known rom(s) with full device/disk encryption incorporated? Device specs: ...