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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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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 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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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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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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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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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 somewhere, that will be used for sensitive data. It shall only be accessed by a file ...
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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 want 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 ...
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Why does viber download photos of people not in my contact list

I have a problem with Viber and wondering if you may assist. I used to be in Iran and used viber there. I had a few friends added to my Viber contact list. Now I moved to the UK and using a different ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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?
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Are there any tools to sandbox a malware application even more than the granted permissions on Android?

Suppose I want to run some program which requests too many permissions. For example, record from the microphone or read IMEI of my phone. However, there are no practical explanation why recording from ...
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Monitor outgong web requests as they’re happening [duplicate]

I want to see a list of all outgoing HTTP requests from my rooted Android phone. I think it should be possible to monitor HTTPS hostnames as well for local clients using Server Name Indication (SNI). ...
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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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Which current, major roms include permission management? [duplicate]

Current, major and trustworthy ROMs only please. I'm not implying that smaller ROMs all contain malware - 99% probably don't, but for something like this I want to be as sure as possible. A simple ...
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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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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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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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How to browse securely, anonymously and without blocks on Android?

So here's your Average Joe at a coffee store, using the open Wifi on his shiny new Android phone. Obviously there are the same issues with using a laptop or any other device on an open network, ...