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App reporting privacy - is there any?

When you report an app (for violation) through Google Play, does the developer have access to (any parts of) your Google identity? Does the fact that you've reported this app show up in any of your ...
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How to hide my name in Whatsapp group?

I've provided a screenshot, clickable for full size, of a group I'm in. Some people are able to hide their names. How can I do it? I do not know some people in the group and I don't want them ...
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How to securely/permanently delete sensitive information on a Galaxy S5?

My S5's screen died about a week ago and as a result the phone will be getting swapped. It has some pretty sensitive information on it (such as numbers, credit card info, photos, etc.) that I want to ...
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How can I save and protect sexy pictures sent by my girlfriend?

I'm traveling and my GF wants to send me some racy pictures. Of course I will accept that offer, but I need to save them on my phone in a safe way. My phone uses Activesync, so it's possible for my ...
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Telegram: hide online status

Is there any way to hide the "Online" status on the Telegram application, and possible as well also the "Last seen" time stamp? If this is not possible, is there a way to contact the developing team ...
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Can the RECEIVE_SMS permission be used to intercept SMS messages?

I've noticed quite a few apps requesting the RECEIVE_SMS permission. Two things are clear to me here: RECEIVE_SMS enables an app to "snap" incoming SMS READ_SMS just applies to SMS already stored ...
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Delete a specific web page from history in Firefox Aurora for Android?

Is there a way to delete a specific site visited from the browsing history without needing to clear it completely?
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Does Google Backup “phone home” even when disabled?

I was just giving viaProtect a try, and stumbled upon this: viaProtect Screenshot showing "phone-home" activities (click image to enlarge) As you can see in the highlighted area, ...
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How can I block all incoming connections to my phone?

Ok, so maybe I'm just a lil paranoid lately, but I'm trying to block any - and ALL - connections to my phone. PERIOD. I have the paid version of Android Firewall. If I select Black list from the drop ...
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How do I prevent my phone from syncing contacts with Google with xPrivacy?

I have installed xPrivacy on my phone. Which rights for which app do I have to set?
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Error while installing APK without Play Store

I've downloaded some app* from the play store via the bluestacks emulator and then copied the apk off the emulated system to my android phone. But when I want to install it, I'll get an error which ...
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What lurks behind these Gmail/GTalk permissions?

I just stumbled upon some permissions which sound clear at first sight (noticed them already quite a while ago, just decided to dig deeper right now). Thinking about possible implications, I'd really ...
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Gmail on Android separate from google play

Is there any way to read mail (and calendar) from a gmail account on a Android phone without tying the account to a play-store account used on the same phone? Theoretically this should not be a ...
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Where do these suggested contacts “from my adress book” come from?

I recently bought a Google Nexus 10 and created a new Google profile (@gmail.com) associated to it. I never sent any email from it neither received anything except Google's welcome messages. I added ...
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Disable Carrier Phone Number for Google Voice Number

This seems similar to this question, but that one doesn't have a clear answer, and this is a bit different. Is there a way in Android to block all incoming calls that target the carrier number, but ...
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What is the setting in xprivacy to access the microphone?

I use xprivacy to set all permissions on my phone, but I accidently forbid the tuner app to access my microphone. Which setting do I have to enable?
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Is there a contact book that allows partial access for apps?

In my phone book I have both personal contacts and work related contacts, like clients, contractors etc. Applications such was 'whatsapp' are great and easy, but I do not necessarily want to add all ...
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Mask IP Address Android Device

How would I anonymize my Android device and it's IP address? I don't want to be rooted as well, using a GS4.
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Why are so many apps using permissions that take my personal data?

I am again and again noticing that a ton of apps ask for ridiculous permissions, and I'm getting frustrated by searching for apps that don't ask me for too much - and frankly, I would download 3 times ...
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How does the application Xprivacy give fake private data to applications?

I was wondering how the Xprivacy app worked exactly. Does it do something with native Android code? With Java? Does it put itself between the data and any application that requests them, or only if ...
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How can I get to my privacy settings on a older version (1.6.4) of the Facebook app?

Hi i am using an older version of facebook (1.6.4) on my Motorola Razor Droid, and i can't figure out how to get to my privacy settings. Can someone please help. I like the version and dont want to ...
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how can I randomize my MAC address every time my WiFi is turned on?

Given the increased prevalence of systems which track people's movements by their Mac addresses I'd like to obscure mine. I have a rooted galaxy note 2 with busybox installed. I can change my MAC ...
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Google Account activation: What should I consider concerning privacy?

In order to be able to use google-play-store, I will need a Google Account, and activate this on my Android device. Does this give Google access to all my private data? Is there anything I can to to ...
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How does Redphone encryption work?

Redphone is known for providing encryption for end-to-end calls. I am eager to know how it protects our privacy from telecom companies. How does it secure our call and text and protect our privacy ...
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Is it possible to get an answer to a silent sms from a turned off phone?

Silent SMS Silent messages, also known as “silent tms”, “stealth sms” or “stealth ping”, are employed nowadays to locate a person and thus to create a complete movement profile. They do ...
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How to clear cookies, history and other private data in the Chrome browser?

Is there any way to delete cookies, history and other private data in the Google Chrome browser on Android? There is no such option in the Android version of the browser.
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Handcent SMS - privacy box backup file read

Is there a way to decrypt backup file of Handcent SMS privacy box? File is by default named like: hcprivacy-loginName-D01M01Y01.z I've lost my phone but have those backup files on my computer, ...
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Why is “wpa_supplicant.conf” file invisible?

My device LG e510 : Android 2.3 had been rooted and then I changed the privileges to view and see some system files, especially for wpa_supplicant.conf, with RootExplorer app. But unlike most ...
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How can applications be installed on SIM and how do I view and disable them?

I've got a new sim card. After it found the network, soon I've got an sms (supposedly from my operator) saying: Dear client! We are installing applications on your sim card for free. Please enable ...
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How can I easily deny other apps from accessing my personal data?

If I use the standard Android contacts, sms and phone app all these data are endangered to be read by other apps. Is there a solution without rooting the phone that every simple user could easily ...
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How can I prevent my parents from tracking my Android phone or fake the location?

How can I prevent my parents from tracking my device? I have a Samsung Galaxy. I have heard that I can turn off my data, GPS locator, or the phone itself but I would like to be able to keep my phone ...
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What should I do before sending my bricked phone to repair?

There are similar questions here, but this one is about a phone that doesn't turn on. I can't reset to factory. What should I do? Change my Google password? What information will the technician have ...
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Where is Privacy Guard in Cyanogenmod 10.1? The setting seems to be missing

My phone is the Google Nexus S and I am running the latest stable Cyanogenmod build (10.1.2-crespo). I have installed Cyanogenmod especially because of the Privacy Guard feature, but now I cannot ...
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Remove Sensitive Data From Work Phone

I've moved on from a previous job, and as part of the process I need to return my work provided phone. I have factory reset the phone, as well as electing to erase the SD card. There was some ...
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Read phone state and identity

I've looked at many (not all) of the dozens of links here. Is there a list that explains the risks involved with each granted application permission type? Most of these are not worth the time to ...
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How can I see what a private number is?

I've had a few missed calls from private numbers now, and I'd like to see who it is. Is there a way to do this with a Galaxy S4 running Jellybean 4.2? I installed the app 'CIA caller' but that ...
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Samsung Tab2 without Google ID

Is it possible to use a Samsung Tab WITHOUT using a Google account? I don't like Google to monitor all my activities.
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Setting custom permissions per-application [duplicate]

I want more granular control over permissions. I’m fine with applications having some permissions, but I want to be in charge and have more granular control. Can this be done on Android? I know iOS ...
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Why live wallpapers use phone call info

When I install any live wallpaper, I am shown a list of items that the app will access. Most of these live wallpapers also access the phone call details. I cannot understand why? Is there any ...
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Installing Orbot as a remote SOCKS server for other computers?

I installed Orbot on my Android device and I want to make it a remote SOCKS server so that other computers can connect to it. The TorFAQ – Tor Bug Tracker & Wiki suggests that for Tor on Windows, ...
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Is there a list that explains the risks involved with each granted application permission type?

Usually an installed android app will request permissions such as Phone calls read phone state and identity or System tools prevent phone from sleeping But the actual consequences from a ...
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Disable sharing of playlists in Spotify App

On Spotify for Windows, there is a setting "Automatically make new playlists public", which I disabled, since I don't want to do that. In the settings on the Spotify Android App however, this option ...
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Recent Apps shows app contents even though when its locked

I am trying to figure out how to hide an app from being seen when you hit the recent apps button. I use ZDBox's app lock to hide my apps and files when needed but noticed that when I hit the recent ...
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What information does stock Android send to Google by default, and how do I opt-out?

I'm about to buy my first Android phone. My understanding is that, in order to download apps and get updates from Google Play, I need to be permanently signed into a Google account that's linked to my ...
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Why does the new Chrome update want the permission to use my camera and audio recording?

Seriously, it specifically states that it can use the camera and audio recording any time it wants, whether or not I wish it to. Why is Chrome on Android requesting those permissions? Should I be ...
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How to prevent Google aggressively associating my account to my searches?

I understand they can access my searches when I'm logged in, and of course know the search terms I use, but how can I prevent them to logging searches to my account when: I'm not logged in and in ...
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Is there any way to block permissions on apps?

I read about being able to revoke permissions on CyanogenMod, but it seems the devs took that ability out. I found some app out on the market for 6$ or so, but it doesn't look like it would be worth ...
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How to block all phone calls, but only allow SMS and networking?

It's kinda disturbing when people keep calling me during work or meetings, but to me it's okay if I receive short messages or Whatsapp message because I can reply them few minutes later in a short ...
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Can apps know where you are even without GPS?

I've noticed that Google Maps, for instance, can guess where you are using phone towers or something even when GPS is turned off. Does this apply to 3rd party apps? Can any app figure out where you ...
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Can I use LINE without giving out my phone number?

LINE is an app like Skype+Facebook. Is there a way to prevent LINE from reading my phone number and using it for any purpose? (search/identification/...)