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Can anyone recomend a free trusworthy secure browser for android? [on hold]

So I trust the AOSP browser but it's not the greatest security wise, It only updates vulnerabilities with the system update which manufacturers don't always do . Chrome is updating regularly but I ...
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Does Wunderlist store data in the server in encrypted form?

How secure and private is Wunderlist? For example does it only transfer data in encrypted form but stores it unencrypted? I would like to be able to store passwords relating to work on my phone but am ...
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How do i set xprivacy to restrict the camera access(or camera permission) by other apps?

I use Xprivacy to set permissions on my Samsung phone(Gt-i9060L, android 4.2.2). What permission associated with an app should be checked in xprivacy to restrict camera access by that app?
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Is the WiFi-communication during installation harming my privacy?

I want to use Android (6.0 / marshmallow) on my new device (OnePlus 3) and want to set it up as google-free as possible (as example). By default, I am forced to set up a Wi-Fi network when I boot my ...
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Signal app - can senders see when the recipient has read the message?

With the Signal app, can senders see when the recipient has read the message? I notice those two hatches but don't they just mean the message has been sent?
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How to retrieve saved password in Google Chrome for Android?

Is there any way I can retrieve stored password specific to any URL in Google Chrome for Android. This is not in any way connected with Google Chrome running in Desktop versions. I'm able to see saved ...
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On Android, how can I disable Google Chrome's incognito mode?

Google Chrome for Android includes a feature called incognito mode. This feature, when I activate it, is designed to help prevent Chrome from automatically remembering and storing information about ...
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Can android collect info about wifi routers even if Google Play Service is disabled?

Androids newer versions have changed the 'GPS' button into a 'Location' button which now offers 3 options for determining your position (recording wifi router information and comparing it to a google ...
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How to lock down WhatsApp permissions?

A number of friends are using WhatsApp for communication. So I'm thinking about installing it. However when I read the question about its permissions I'm asking myself if there is a possibility to ...
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Can I block specific apps from using GPS?

I like to leave GPS enabled so that it's ready to go when I open Maps or certain other location based apps. However, one app that I don't want to access GPS is Facebook. There is, as far as I can ...
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Why does Setup Wizard transmit/receive data even long after the Android device has been set up?

Even weeks after Android devices (tested on KitKat) have been set up, Setup Wizard still gets called frequently. Using Xprivacy, it is clear that Setup Wizard frequently connects to Google servers. ...
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How to use GPS without using Google Location Services

Because I do not want to consent to the Google Location Services privacy agreement I have this switched off. By doing so I know some location functionality like cell-based and wifi-based location will ...
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What really happens during a factory reset? Does it securely erase all data?

When you "factory reset" an android phone, are you formatting the phone storage by securely erasing all data and writing over them with zeroes, or are you simply deleting the files by hiding them from ...
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Blocking 'Android System,Battery Warning,com.media tek,Common Data Service…' from connecting to the Internet

I am using NoRoot Firewall to block Internet access to some apps. It recently notified me that this/these app(s) are attempting to access the Internet: "Android System,BatteryWarning,com.media tek,...
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What does the voice privacy setting do?

In perusing the settings on my EVO today, I noticed that there is an option under call settings named "Voice Privacy". The description beneath the checkbox merely states "Enable enhanced privacy mode":...
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Closed circuit app on Android

I'd like to know if there is a way to run an android app on a closed circuit minimalist type of android VM on an android device so that I can have a full control of what the app has access to and when ...
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Work Gmail connected to Android - can employer access mobile data?

Today, my Sony Xperia Z3+ (Android) suddenly showed a notice about performing an "Authentication" and I noticed that have been sent an email about the "MyXperia Protection" to both, my private Gmail ...
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I see ads on my phone and apps auto install

Usually, I find full screen ads on my Android mobile. Also, apps like task bucks automatically install on my smartphone.
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com.android.launcher3 this shows up on my gmail history, what is it?

I am always signed into my gmail on my phone. Today checking my gmail history on my computer I notices this app pops up allot. What is it and what does it do?? com.android.launcher3
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How to Prevent CM13 Calling by Itself?

I noticed today that my Samsung Galaxy S4 with CM13 (unofficial Kyasu's ROM) called two my contacts itself; those contacts were those which I keep in my blacklist; which was also why I had react to ...
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Hard brick phone exchange and deleting data

I have a Samsung Galaxy Note 4. While it was charging (it was near full charge) it rebooted on its own and continued to charge. It then must have shut itself down because it was off. I could not turn ...
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Why do applications enforce read-write and read-only permissions for other apps to use it? [closed]

While reading a book, Android Wireless Application Development, it tells that Applications might also enforce their own permissions by declaring them for other applications to use. The ...
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Synchronize google apps with private server?

Is there a way to synchronize google apps with my own server? Does Google offer something like that? Maybe for business use? Or is there maybe an unofficial way of doing it? I couldn't really find ...
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Question about removing Gapps (Lollipop)

I have some questions about removing Gapps. I have Huawei P8 Lite with Android 5.0.1. I want to put CM or AOSP on it, but it seems that there are no custom ROMs available as of yet. I decided the ...
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How to prevent Internet access in NetGuard, “Allow” checkboxes greyed out

In Android 6, I want to prevent some apps from using the Internet, so I installed NetGuard. Let's say for instance that I want to prevent Sky Map from accessing the Internet. Where should I click? ...
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Unable to download here maps

Guyzz I am trying to download here maps on my redmi 2. But it's not working I mean while downloading maps for India it keep on saying preparing. To download nothing happens further. Please help me to ...
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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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How application detects previous installation (and country)?

I have nexus 7 with Android 5. I installed Asphalt 8: Airborne. I choose country (which I don't live in) and I was told that I can not choose it again later. I stopped Asphalt 8: Airborne service ...
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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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How can I hide phone number during incoming call and display only contact name?

I wish to show only contact name during incoming call, for some privacy reasons I wish to hide numbers and display only contact name. I won't usually pick up anonymous calls, is there any option to ...
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Are Chinese phones less safe than others? [closed]

I'm on budget and want a fully fledged smartphone. I'm OK with Apple as I know they tend to not share my usage data. But Apple is too expensive. So I need to buy Android and most of the manufacturers ...
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If I have to accept new terms, where I can read them up?

My favorite example for this is whatsapp. Somewhat around May 2014 I got notified that terms had been changed and that I have to accept them and update whatsapp. Since this was just some days after ...
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Malicious Android Apps installed remotely on my device

I recently installed Trend Micro Mobile Security in order to to check my apps if all are safe and secure since I have a rooted Xperia Phone which may be more prone to attacks. I had clean results ...
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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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How to use multiple google accounts, but allow only one to locate my phone in device manager

I am using multiple google accounts, both private and company accounts. I want to see all calendars in my Calendar app. Events in all calendars. Same with Gmail. I want to be logged in and be able to ...
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Which system service apps could I disable to protect my privacy

I have a non-rooted Samsung Galaxy Note 4 with a Google account and would like to know what system, root and service apps I could disable. The purpose of this is, I want to stop or making it difficult ...
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Require fingerprint to answer call?

A friend has a problem with other people answering their phone and thereby intercepting their calls. Is anybody aware of an app, setting, or Android distro that requires a fingerprint swipe to answer ...
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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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Chrome - How to clear incognito pages from memory/history?

Short: As Chrome reopens the incognito pages/tabs after closing it (the browser, even after ending it in the "Active applications" list), how can one make sure those pages are forgotten by the phone? ...
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Joining a public WiFi made the owner able to send me a Facebook friend request. How?

I walked by a bar with free, unsecured WiFi. My device auto-joined it, and a minute later I had a friend request on Facebook from that very bar. How did they get my Facebook identity just from ...
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marshmallow and personal security/privacy [duplicate]

I've been reading the news in the US about a court order for Apple to help the FBI bypass the security check present on devices running iOS8+. Since iOS8, Apple has stopped storing encryption keys on ...
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What does stop somebody from flashing a custom recovery and pulling all user data?

For example, I was able to install a Clockworkmod recovery on my Samsung Galaxy Ace 3 phone via Odin and back up all the data in a few clicks. But if I could do it, what would stop somebody else who ...
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does LBE security work on android 4.3?

how do i make LBE work on and android 4.3 stock touchwiz rom? i have tried a few versions but they were in chinese. is there any working English version?
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Options to mitigate espionage/tracking possibilities

Which options exist in (stock/custom) firmware to mitigate smartphone espionage/tracking possibilities? I talk about things like: Disable/use random mac/do not leak ssid on active WLAN probing Warn ...
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Gmail intrusion

I have an android phone(MVNO), I was on my laptop saturday past 5 am. At 4:58 am, I received a call from my cell phone from an unknown number. Today, when I checked my laptop for unauthorized ...
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Monitor activites of an app and see what it is sending over the internet

Few months ago, I installed an automation app called MacroDroid, but after few days I uninstalled it. Now today, when I was checking apps in /system/app I stumbled upon an app called ...
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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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Audit app permissions easily in one place?

Is there anyway to list all the applications installed on your phone and the permissions they require all on one page, or export the list so it can easily be audited?
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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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Why do so many applications require permission to read the phone state and identity?

Why do so many applications require permission to read the phone state and identity?. Specifically: Phone calls read phone state and identity For example Quickpedia is a Wikipedia portal, but ...