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Why Google still use my localisation when I have disabled all location services?

When I use google.com (usually I work with duckduckgo instead, because of privacy policy) on my Phone (in web browser), it shows me my city and country on the bottom of the page. I have disabled ...
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Can anyone recover my data after flashing my android samsung galaxy s2 phone?

I sold my phone to a person who performed a flash on my phone. He says that all the data gets deleted after the flash but I wanted to ask people in this forum as I dont want anyone to recover my data. ...
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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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It that possible for the wallpaper cache saved in Android /data folder being hacked? (Not Rooted)

My boyfriend was kidding with me, setting my private photo as wallpaper. I deleted the photo but the wallpaper still remains there... After browsing through some information on the net, I found out ...
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Desire: offline calendar on Android with secure SYNC to Lightning

in the commonsense interest of wanting to preserve privacy of my calendar events, wanted to ask the community: I want a stable OFFLINE storage calendar app on my android phone which SYNCS securely ...
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WiFi network in range, but could not be connected!

In my mobile phone (CyanogenMod 11-M12, Galaxy SIII I9300), in WiFi section my WiFi SSID is shown and under its name is `Save, secured with WPA/WPA2). WiFi is ON. If press SSID, a pop-up ask me to ...
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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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Protect phone data aggainst whatsapp (permissions) [duplicate]

I have whatsapp installed on it. I saw the permissions of it and see that the app is spying my data on my andriod phone. I want to ask if there are possibilities to protect the phone data from ...
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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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Is there a way to avoid or lower the privacy leak on android systems? [closed]

I just bought an Archos 45 and I'm shocked to see that most of apps have extented rights such as silently activating the cam, steal private data (contact, message, record my conversations), call ...
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How to hide my Google Play downloads from my friends?

I am new to android and just by going into Google Play I can see every app my friends downloaded. I am really feeling uncomfortable about this since I don't like to feel exposed. Does anyone knows ...
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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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Can App Ops run on 4.4.4? How?

I have installed and tried several of the "App Ops" starter apps from the Google Play store. When I run any of them, a window/card pops up saying "Unfortunately, Settings has stopped." and my only ...
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How do I stop device trying to connect to hicloud.com and clients.l.google.com?

If I just connected to a wireless network, but don't do anything, I expect no traffic (except of DHCP). But actually I see a lot of traffic to various Google and Huawei sites, like as if the device ...
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What is Mozilla Location Based Services?

When I installed Firefox on my phone it gave me the option to enable Mozilla Location Services. What does this actually do? Does it help locate things around you, for example stores? Does it increase ...
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App Permission and Force stop

Hello everybody :) I would be very grateful if you could answer my questions. 1- If the app has as a permission : Read and send text messages (SMS or MMS). Does it include whatsapp and viber ...
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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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How to remove an account from Google Hangouts?

I logged in to Google Hangouts using an account (which is NOT the account I use in play store). But now I cannot remove it. I can sign out, but to sign back in, it does not for the password and ...
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How to login only to Google Music and not the other Google services?

I have Google Music All Access and I have an old unused Huawei Honor floating around. I want to set it up as a Google Music playing device for the kitchen. I am wondering now: How do I login only for ...
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What information does Chrome/Android send to Google to discover my “WiFi based” location?

Their commercial geolocation API doc says it needs a list of every WiFi access point around, with, for each of them: MAC address, ESSID signal strength, a few others. Common devices probably ...
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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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Restrict read access on certain folders

I am looking for a way to limit read access for certain folders, for privacy reasons. E.g. I want to have a folder that will be used for sensitive data. It shall only be accessed by a file manager ...
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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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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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Support for Multiple Users on same device

Is there such a thing as a "current user" on Android and a way to switch it? I'm interested in getting a Motorola Xoom and would like to share it with my wife when at home. For my Windows laptop we ...
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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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Android default keyboard phoning home to Google?

I installed CyanogenMod 11 on my HTC One (M8) the other day and, so far, have only installed DAVdroid for contact synchronization and Network Log. So, out of curiousity, I let Network Log run when I ...
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Using Android without Google account [duplicate]

I don't like the idea that my personal information are gathered and by some company that make profit out of processing and selling it (or even when it has a possibility to do so). And yes, that's the ...
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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 ...
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Why do I need a Gmail account to use Android?

I am a new user of Android phone. I used to own an iPhone. I don't remember needing an Apple account besides using it to download applications from app store. Now I need a Gmail account to do even ...
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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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Can a locked phone's data be accessed when being repaired?

I had an HTC One S device which suddenly turned off and refused to start. On giving to the service centre, it turns out the device needs replacement of an item 'PCBA-MAIN BOARD WITH SKU ID MS' which ...
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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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Root in Android is connecting to SoftLayer Technologies!

I was reviewing what programs are connecting to the internet on my Android Nexus 5, and I saw that Root had already disconnected from the connection to SoftLayer Technologies, inc (IP 108.168.176.245 ...
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WhatsApp - Privacy Settings - Visible only to selected contacts

If i install WhatsApp on my Android Phone, it will access all my contacts. How can i ensure that only some Contacts are added to WhatsApp? OR i am visible only to some contacts? Any way to achieve ...
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How to use Adblock AND a VPN

I'm using Private Internet Access's VPN via its App and now I'd also like to additionally use Adblock Plus. The problem however is that I apparently can only use either VPN or Adblock Plus - but not ...
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Can I display missed call notifications on my lock screen without showing the number?

I have a Samsung Duos GT-S7582 phone which shows the missed call alert with contact number on the lock screen. For my privacy I don't want to have that. Is there a way to show only the missed call ...
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Skype spawns a process called VideoMonitor that's running after signing out from Skype. What is it and why is it there?

Skype version 5 on KitKat. It's concerning, given the company's track record of lack of respect for privacy. I'm not suggesting it's taking pictures, but it could be some additional tracking of ...
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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 ...
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Which Android version/phone can control per-app access permission?

The only reason I am still using an iPhone is due to the fact that most Android phones did not allow control of per-app access permission. The App Ops feature was once there but pulled. I know some ...
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CyanogenMod and Privacy

This question is a follow up to: What information does stock Android send to Google by default, and how do I opt-out? and Disable Location History in Android I did a factory reset and flashed ...
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Google play store does not show all persmissions at app install

So recently, I was searching for a news app that needs few permissions as possible. I found an app called Flipboard. Google play said I need to allow the following: Identity Photos/Media/Files ...
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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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Bulk editing privacy guard permissions

Started playing with the Privacy Guard feature in Cyanogenmod 10.2.1/Android 4.3.1. However, all the applications that were already installed are not retroactively enabled. Ideally I would like to try ...
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Does Android upload my address book to Internet if I never explicitly enabled this?

Suppose the following scenario: User gets an Android device; User created Google account, not enabling any "sync"s or "backup"s; User inserts a SIM card with contacts; User copies then to the "Phone ...
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Is it possible to make a call without having access to the contacts list?

Is it possible to make a call without giving access to the phone's contacts? I.E. say I let a friend use my phone, and lock my contacts such that it requires a pin for access - is there any way to ...
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Does Android keep activity logs or save keystrokes?

I want to know whether Android phones records activity logs of what I have done in a whole day. I've already checked that there is no Carrier IQ. Is this true that after switching off the phone all ...
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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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QR scanner that doesn't want to access my contact list

(I am new to Android and to this site, so please bear with me if my question is extremely stupid and if I got the tags all wrong. Feel free to improve, though.) I want an app to scan the occasional ...
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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?