A password is a secret word or string of characters used for user authentication/authorization.

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How is the Gmail password stored in Android - and where?

I have looked around and found no information on how Android manages to store passwords on the device. Especially Gmail passwords. I'm looking to learn how Android encrypts and stores passwords ? What ...
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What is the default Android Root Password?

What is the default password for the android root account? Can I change the root password after rooting my android device by simply typing "passwd"? How does the rooting process work? What is the ...
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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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How can I set a Screen Lock Timeout?

I'd like to have to enter the PIN not immediately after pressing the standby button, but only after some time, e.g. 30 minutes. I know there is Password Delay, which is better than nothing. But it ...
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Too many password attempts

While I was out, someone attempted to guess my phone password. They couldn't guess it and now it displays the 'too many password attempts' screen, which needs to be unlocked with a google account. ...
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Security risks of “Open Wi-Fi Networks”

How paranoid do I need to be about allowing my phone to connect to open/unencrypted WiFi hotspots? I don't really care if other people see my data (email being received or sent, stock quotes, ...
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Storing passwords on your phone? [closed]

I'm considering switching to a service/app like 1Password, Keepass, LastPass, etc. but before deciding on which to use, I was wondering if anyone else had experience with one of these services and ...
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How to unlock device when I forgot my password?

I've read Recovering from forgotten lock pattern which states that there is an option to disable the lock using my Google account information. However I did not noticed such an option when I entered ...
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Can Android phones be set to automatically wipe all data after a certain amount of failed logins without an app?

A new policy at my work is being drafted regarding email access on phones. A requirement will be that the phone must automatically have all data erased after a certain amount of failed login attempts. ...
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Password sync with Chrome

I know about Xmarks and LastPass, but is there a free solution for password syncing between Android and Chrome?
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How can I change password for my Exchange settings

Due to corporate policy, I was forced to change my domain password, which impacts also the access to Exchange server. Now I need to update that password also in my Android phone (Galaxy S, Android ...
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can I bypass screen lock request to log in to google (Samsung Galaxy S)?

My two year old kept getting into my phone, so I put a pattern lock on it. She played with this too many times and the screen is now locked, which shouldn't be a problem as it has just asked me to ...
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Any hack to get rid of the “Too many password attempts” lock?

My kids often play with my phone which has a pattern lock screen, and it gets locked due to many attempts, then the phone is locked out and requires a password. I use 2-step verification, so in ...
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Android Browser that Saves and Fills Passwords

Is there a browser I can install that stores passwords just like regular desktop browsers? I'd only use it for unimportant passwords, so I'm really not worried about security. Anything that saves ...
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Google two-step authentication and Android lock screen

After many failed screen unlock attempts, the user is required to enter the Google account password. That's a good idea. But what if I enabled Google's two-factor authentication, and then entered the ...
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Can a thief unlock or otherwise access the data on my stolen Android device?

If my Android device is stolen, will the person who ends up with it be able to get my data by plugging it into a PC and using some trick? Is there anything I can do to prevent this or make it harder?
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How safe are my passwords at after-sales service?

My phone is currently inoperative. Samsung asked me to drop it at an approved repair center, which will handle shipment and reception to/from Samsung. Being unable to boot my phone, it was impossible ...
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How can I make the browser remember login credentials for Google mobile sites?

The stock browser forgets the username and password when logging into mobile versions of Google sites such as Google Search and Google Tasks. Setting Menu -> Settings -> Privacy Settings -> Remember ...
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How secure are the “app password protection” apps?

I know there are a number of apps available that can password protect specified apps. I want to know how secure they really are. As far as I know, there aren't any exposed OS hooks in android to ...
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Android Password Recovery + 2 Step Auth. What happens?

I recently enabled two-step auth for my Google account, and I'm happy to say it works fine. However: Application specific passwords, like for Android are temporary, and the guide makes it obvious ...
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How to use android phone as a login key to your PC

Is there a way to setup a Linux box to enable authentication by inserting correct android phone with correct software in it to allow user to login? So when there is a login prompt shown user should ...
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Facebook app requires repeated sign-in

Recently, the Facebook app on my Droid 1 (Android 2.2.2) started prompting me to sign-in throughout the day. I get a pop up that says: Facebook Sign-in Please re-enter your Facebook password It ...
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How to uncompress a password protected zip file?

I have a password protected zip file, but ASTRO does not let me enter a password. What should I do?
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Is there a way to wipe a device based on a certain password? A like a “Wipe-me” password?

Is there a way (an app perhaps) that will wipe a phone if a certain password is entered at the lock screen? For example "letmein" unlocks the phone, but if you enter "wipeme" it will start the factory ...
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How can I set a user profile password in Jelly Bean 4.2?

Tablet's users will be able to use different profiles since JB 4.2, defined at system settings level (settings -> user profiles). How can I set a password for each profile?
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different way of securing applications

In my phone instead of unlocking screen by providing "symbol", I'd like the phone to unlock to most of my applications without the "symbol". But for selected important applications (eg. gmail) I'd ...
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How to paste a password in a field of web browser?

This question may look ridiculous at first look, but this is more sad than funny. In some cases, standart web browser (or any of the alternatives I tried - firefox, opera, dolphin) simply doesn't ...
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“Account unlock” when not connected to internet?

I have a Samsung Galaxy Y mobile phone. I see this screen when I press "Forgot Password" in the pattern lock screen that comes by default with the phone: My Question is: How would my account be ...
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Restrict access to device settings

How can I prevent people who borrow my device from changing any of my settings?
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Data Vault apps with Unlock Pattern

I'm currently using the Wallet app to keep my bank acct#s, CC#s etc. safely on my phone. However, entering the password when I need to unlock the codes is kind of an annoyance. Specially when you ...
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How can I enter an English unlock password when the keyboard is Arabic?

How can I unlock my tablet that my password is in English and the keyboard is in Arabic?
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How to switch user profile based on password / lockscreen pattern

Currently, I have a family use tablet running on 4.2 Jellybean Model is Ainol Novo7 Flame, a cheap Nexus7 alternative. Nexus7 is quite expensive in my country on its release so I bought this one ...
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How do I change the password of my main Google account on a Droid X?

I changed my Google Account password (on my computer). I now need to change it on my Droid X. I cannot figure out how to do this. I Googled, and everyone says go to Settings > Accounts. I did ...
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Why can't I get past CAPTCHA after changing Google Account password?

I changed my Google Account password, and now there's a notification about trouble logging into my Gmail account on my Samsung Galaxy S. That's fine, I'd expect that. What I don't expect is a pop-up ...
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How can I find the saved password in Android browser?

I have Prestigio Tablet with ICS. I forgot a password from important site. It's remembered in the tablet's browser. How can I see it without rooting the tablet?
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Recover Google account password without unlinking/deleting the main account from android device

I forgot the password for my Google account and I want to recover it. This Google account happens to be the main Google account linked to my Android device. When I try to use the Recovery options: ...
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Application-specific passwords only work for a short period of time

I have two-step verification enabled on my Google Account, and I generated an application-specific password for my Android device (Infuse 4G with custom ROM in case that's relevant), and input it. ...
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Double Security for Gmail

My phone has a pattern lock and I want friends to be able to unlock it with the pattern, however, I do not want them to have access to my gmail. Is there a way that I can force gmail to ask for the ...
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I can't use my Google Account password to bypass the lock screen

On my CM9 / ICS 4.0 phone, if I incorrectly enter the drawn pattern five times in a row, it locks itself for 30 seconds. I can't enter any more passwords, but I can click a "forgot my password" button ...
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Can the administrator on a Nexus 7 unlock a secondary user's password?

I've forgotten my password for the family's shared Nexus 7. We assumed that the primary user would be able to access my settings and reset the p/w for me, but it appears not. I would prefer not to ...
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How can I copy to the clipboard on a stock phone?

This is something that has been frustrating me ever since I first did a fresh ROM installation on a smartphone. I have an excessively complex password for my Google account. It would be impossible to ...
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How to show password while typing?

Samsung Galaxy Ace 2 (there is no such tag, and I have too little reputation here to create it). On LG L5 when I type password I can see in the edit box the last character I typed. Better something ...
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Just enabled 2-factor authentication for gmail, now on my Android phone I get “Sign-in error” to my google account [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Google's 2-step verification As per today's Stackexchange Podcast I took Jeff's advice and enabled 2-factor authentication for my gmail account. However now when my ...
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Backup files from an application for which I forgot unlock pattern

I have forgot unlock pattern for an app on my Galaxy S II. I have emailed the developer but he said he cannot help me. I am wondering if there is a way I can take backup of the files in the app's ...
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I don't know what my credential storage password is. Can anybody help?

I want to change the VPN on my Samsung Galaxy S but it keeps asking me for my credential storage password. Does anybody know how I get this?
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How to create multiple user accounts with password for each in galaxy note 800 with Android 4.0.1?

I have recently bought Samsung galaxy note 800 (10.1") which has android 4.0.1 How to create multiple user account accounts with passwords on it?
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How to force Gmail/Android to request password every time for google account [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Logout from Gmail on my device I have a Samsung Galaxy Ace running Android 2.3.3. Is it possible to force Gmail or any google related apps to request my password ...
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Factory Reset Android Developer Phone without password

I used to have an Android developer phone (an ancient HTC Innovation) that I recently gave to a friend. Now we're trying to unlock it so he can use it. We put in the unlock password too many times, so ...
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I need to view the saved WiFi passwords on my non-rooted Android phone

I have an LG Optimus 7 (not-rooted), and all my WiFi passwords are there. I want to view the saved WiFi passwords to transfer thm to my new Samsung Galaxy S3, but I don't know how. I tried to search ...
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Android 4.0.4 - Wifi WPA-PSK hex password too long

I am currently trying to connect to a Wifi (WPA-PSK TKIP with 64-bit hex password). However my device - LG Optimus L9 with Android 4.0.4 - only allows to type in 63 characters. It seems that it only ...