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Possible to change SIM card PUK on Android device?

On my Samsung Galaxy SIII, one can go to Settings -> More -> Security -> SIM card lock -> Set up SIM card lock -> Change SIM PIN to change the default PIN that came with the SIM card. ...
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Undesired download of Baidu Browser

new Android user with the world's most low end tablet, Azpen A727. I'm enjoying learning about Android and have killed off most of the bloatware...but twice now "Baidu Browser" has been downloaded ...
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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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Disabling/Changing PIN on Android device: where are the disabled flag and new PINs stored (SIM or internal storage)?

On my Samsung Galaxy SIII, one can go to Settings -> More -> Security -> SIM card lock -> Set up SIM card lock -> Lock SIM card` which displays a check box which can be used to configure the phone to ...
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execve permission denied under /data [on hold]

I have met a weird problem on a Samsung Galaxy Note 2, running Android 4.3, with an origin-forgetton rooted rom. getenforce returns "Permissive", so selinux is Permissive. cat /proc/self/status ...
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Does rooting a phone expose the phone to security risks? [duplicate]

I have a very simple question. If I root my phone, will it be easier for malware to run on my device and cause more damage (due to the nature of the extended set of operations that applications with ...
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Recovering lost or stolen phone (security and feasability considerations)?

I am trying to understand a little bit about security in case my phone goes stolen. I have read that even if a phone is stolen and the SIM card is removed, it can still be possible to find your phone ...
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Android application firewall - interactive prompt confirmation for connections

I'm thinking of developing application, or probably extending AFWall+ app What I'm missing on Android is possibility to confirm each connection from each application, simply blocking the application ...
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How to delete a specific file in Android so that it can't be recovered?

From my experience a file deleted from a computer filesystem can often be recovered unless it is overwritten with a special program (that's usually called "shredding"). Is an Android-based HTC ...
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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 can I undo the “Do Not Ask Again” for bluetooth contacts?

When I first connected my phone (Samsung Galaxy S II) to a bluetooth device, I was prompted that the device wanted to access my contacts. I mistakenly clicked Do Not Ask Again but I want to undo ...
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How can I stop being redirected to the App Store/Google Store by dodgy ad-scripts?

There are a load of sites that do this now, and it's really annoying: I visit a content site on my Android device. 10-15 seconds after loading starts the site hangs for a few seconds. Google play ...
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How is my friend bypassing Applock application

I'm using moto x 2nd gen, I recently installed applock to keep some apps private but one of my friend knows a way to bypass the password and even change it, he did the same even with pattern lock. He ...
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App/shortcut to quickly change screen lock type?

Two scenarios: I'm at a "trusted" place, and don't want to enter unlock password/pattern all the time I'm at an "untrusted" place and want my phone to be password/pattern screen locked is there ...
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What are the security disadvantages of rooting an Android phone?

I know there was a discussion previously BUT they didn't talk about security. E.g.: if I root my phone will all my apps run with root permission? Related: Are there any risks to rooting a device?
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Lollipop: override security policies (specifically lock screen/Exchange/Office 365)

When I used Android 4.4 (KitKat) on my Nexus 5 I could ignore certain security policies such as a requirement to have a PIN code to unlock the lock screen. After upgrading to Lollipop and the move of ...
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Securely wiping a phone with a broken screen

I have a Samsung Galaxy S3 with a broken screen. The screen does not respond to any touch and does not display anything at all, it is black at all times. CyanogenMod 11 is installed on the device. I ...
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Can my Android phone be hacked without installing permissions?

After reading this article ( Kaspersky smartphone report ) this got me wondering. Obviously if I install a dodgy app through Play Store or directly from a website, that can be dangerous, however if I ...
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Securing a young child's tablet

My wife has decided to get the kids a set of android tablets for christmas. These are Coby Kyros 4GB wi-fi only models. The kids are ages 6-10 so I don’t particularly want to let them have free ...
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How to switch screen unlock from Pattern to Slide

On my Nexus 7 2013 Wi-Fi with Android 5.0.1 Lollipop I used the Slide setting for the lock screen. To experiment with a VPN, I switched to pattern lock. After deleting the VPN entry I had created, I ...
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Android 4 don't require unlock at home

In the Android OS version 4, what would I have to do to require a pass code to unlock the phone when I'm away from home, but when I'm at my home, I don't need pass-code restrictions. Detecting ...
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Biometric-security lock-screen?

Is there a way to apply a biometric lock (as in, a look screen) to an Android device? e.g. the unlocker has to pass a fingerprint / retina / voice scan. I've read about startup companies and general ...
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How can I disable the screen lock password in lollipop?

I have enabled password protection on the lock screen on my Nexus 5 Lollipop device: After enabling password, I can't seem to be able to cancel it. Any idea how to go back to None or Swipe?
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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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How to root the HTC Desire 300 (also known as Zara Mini)

Okay please forgive me if this has already been answered, I've read a few questions on here but I still don't understand. Firstly, I'm not a "techie" or anything like that, so some of the really ...
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Android 4.1.2 Full Device Encryption

I have a FDE enabled on my Android. However on JellyBean when device restarts I never get a boot password prompt,just regular unlock screen. I remember on 4.0 ICS, after reboot Android would ask me ...
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Remotely brick a stolen phone

If my phone is lost or stolen, can I remotely and permanently brick my phone. This way, not only is my data secure, but the resale value of the phone plummets to zero. Tangential question: can apps ...
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How CF-Autoroot works?

How CF-autoroot Theoretically is able to root android devices ? I'm wondering on what technics it use to run su ? Do it use a custom/patched Linux kernel ? or it is based on local root exploit ? I ...
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Automatically verify signature on all Android Exchange emails

I work in an office where everyone uses a digital signature on their emails. I just bought a new LG G3 with 4.4.2 KitKat and whenever someone sends me an email that is signed, it shows up with a body ...
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Pin unlock without showing numbers

When you type your pin into the Android lock screen, it does the usual mobile password field thing where it actually shows the last character you've entered. Is there any way to disable this on ...
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Securing Memory Card?

What should I do so that the Memory card in my phone works only in my phone? Also, I should be able to connect my mobile to a PC through a USB cable and completely see/edit/organize the data on my ...
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Bypass “Swipe up to unlock” on Android Lollipop lock screen

I recently flashed my Nexus 4 to Android Lollipop using the factory image. I have set a pattern lock for unlocking the device. But whenever I turn on the phone, I have to click on the little lock ...
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Used device manager once, now I can't set security to 'none'

Phone is an LG Nexus. I was messing around with security settings and decided to try using a pattern to unlock my phone. No more than 5 minutes later, I completely forget the pattern I set. Did some ...
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Where is Face Unlock?

I installed Titanium Backup and found Face Unlock (Settings) in the file list but I can't find it anywhere on the phone.I checked the settings menu and Security but I still can't find the interface to ...
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forgot my google account password

someone used my phone GT-S5300 and had wrongly tried the unlock pattern many times and now it is asking me for google account but i have forgotten my password. pliz suggest me how can i get my ...
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Razr Maxx HD, How to wipe data with broken screen

My screen is totally destroyed, it's black and unresponsive. The phone turns on just fine, though. I just got my new phone and I have to send this one back now. I want to wipe the phone before I send ...
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How do I re-enable swipe to unlock?

I recently encrypted my Android 4.4.2 device (S4 Active) and have now unencrypted it. However the only options I still have to unlock my phone are PIN and Password. When I attempt to change it it now ...
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ActiveSync/Exchange security policy

On my HTC DNA I recently changed from the integrated ActiveSync client to Touchdown. My corporate IT policy required a PIN to access the device when using the Android client. Now that I switched to ...
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Security of Android cryptography in versions < 5.0 against government agencies

Recently, both Google and Apple announced their new OSes encrypt the device by default. This caused a lot of complaints from government agencies. Let me quote an article ...
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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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How can I remove trusted CAs on Android?

From the current fallout around DigiNotar (in short, a Root Certificate Authority that has been hacked, fake HTTPS certificates issued, MITM attacks very likely), there are some parts concerning ...
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Does rooting phone affect online banking security? [duplicate]

I'm thinking of rooting my android phone (HTC Desire 300) and was wondering if doing so would affect the internet security with stuff like online banking. Is it still secure to do my banking on a ...
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Nmap my device and find many open port, is these secure?

I use nmap to scan the open port of my android open port. To my surprise, the list is long ( attached below ). Is this normal? Are all these secure? I am using Android 4.4. The rom is cm11. PORT ...
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Where to find a PIN lock screen that scrambles the keypad on every use?

Is there some way to get a lock screen whose PIN pad changes number layouts every time it's used? It seems like a very basic way to thwart smudge attacks and yet my (broken?) google-fu can't find any ...
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My phone was just stolen an hour or so ago. Are there any options for tracking?

I realize this is a long shot, but my phone was lost or stolen a few hours ago. At the time it was stolen, I didn't have any specific applications installed to track it or wipe the data. So... my ...
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Locating stolen phone after factory reset

I assume any reasonable thief will wipe the phone as soon as possible, thus removing any tracking apps and user accounts. I there a method to track the phone any way? A possible method is to use a ...
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Where do you publish information about a vulnerability you have found within android?

I found a small vulnerability within the default web browser, here is the ticket. Submitted last year. Issue 42647: Android Web Browser, JavaScript Popup Bug. Tested on 11 Jan 2013. ...
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how to add a custom lock for the recovery and/or bootloader?

Unlocking the bootloader and/or the recovery is very popular discussion across many devices. But doing so exposes a very obvious and inevitable issue with security! An unlocked recovery means that no ...
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Alarm is working even when the phone is powered off

I just discovered that if I set the alarm clock and then power off the phone (by holding the power button and then selecting "Power Off") the alarm will still go off when the time comes. Is this ...
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How to disable pin security from Samsing Tab 2

I have a Samsung tab2, and have added screen pin lock on my Tab few days back as I was going out. Now I don't want to use pin lock as security, but I am not able to disable it. I am going to setting ...