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How can I audit access to Android Accounts?

I want to audit the calls made to the Authentication Providers by connected applications. The reason is that I am investigating a rogue application that seems to collect more data and permissions ...
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Full encryption of a singe purpose device (e.g barcode scanner )

How could we run a single purpose device with high sensitive date on Android 4.4 or later, with full disk encryption and have it unencrypted and unlocked only after entering the device password only ...
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Why does AVG consider android keychain harmful?

I just got this Lenovo tab 2 A8. When I ran my first AVG scan, it pinpointed Keychain as a threat. What is Keychain? Is it necessary? If not, how do I get rid of it?
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Use and interpretation of AIMSICD

I just downloaded AIMSICD and I understand pretty much what it does but what am I looking for when reading its statistics, results and maps?
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Is there a way to use a phone as a virtual keychain for NFC tags?

So let's say I have a bunch of things that can be unlocked via NFC. Each thing would correspond with one tag and one tag only. The problem would then be that I'd have to carry a bunch of tags around. ...
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How to enable password entry for encrypted lollipop but disable built in screen locker at the same time?

I want this because I want to use a strong password to protect my device at boot time, but protect the screen with one time passwords when it is already turned on.
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How do I see if my Android Nexus received the latest security updates?

I'd like to check the patch level of my Nexus. I'm using Lollipop 5.1.1 build LMY48I. Under 'System updates' in 'About phone', it says 'Your system is up to date'. Should I assume that includes ...
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security implications of participating in app beta testing? [closed]

I am an IT professional (but not in app development). Two days ago someone contacted me about a blog post I made and invited me to participate in beta testing for a messaging app which was related to ...
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Pop up about security problems

I had a lot of these pop ups and I don't know if it's for real or not.
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How unlock S6 Edge When The Finger Print Scanner is Not Working?

My S6 edge was locked by finger print. It was working fine, but today while I was on bath my child was playing with my mobile and by mistake they tried finger print scanner, now my device is locked ...
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I've installed a custom recovery image, but not yet rooted my phone. How can I install SuperSU and subscribe to automatic updates?

I own a Samsung smartphone. I'm running Android 4.1.2 "Jelly Bean". I've also installed ClockworkMod Recovery 6.0.4.5. Each time I exit ClockworkMod Recovery, it offers to root my phone. I haven't ...
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What is Google Partner Setup?

What does the Google Partner Setup app that is pre-installed on almost every Android device actually do? Why does it need each of those intrusive permissions, especially the Phone permission? Why ...
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How can I check in my Android has been compromised?

I noticed this morning that there was an email in my drafts folder. Inside, was some semi-gibberish text (a couple partial words crammed together). It was definitely not something I typed. I ...
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If I can access bubble of Messenger like apps from home screen then does it not mean any other app can also access that app? Is Android safe then?

In Android phones, we can access Messenger and many more apps similar to it from home screen ( like bubble-heads, lyrics etc). With this we let one app in your phone access another app, (we can use ...
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How safe are downloadable lock apps?

I've noticed quite a few lock screen apps and some of them do seem to be rather interesting. But, are they really that secure? I've seen some where I can bypass them by using the Recently Opened Apps ...
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Is there any way to backup or transfer AppOps settings?

For those of us who use AppOps, we have hundreds, if not thousands, of settings stored in that app. When transferring to a new device, is there a way to transfer those AppOps settings from one device ...
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Combining Ghostery and HTTPS-Everywhere on Android?

On my PC (Windows 8.1) I am happily using Firefox with the Addons Ghostery and HTTPS-Everywhere. I really like this combination so I winder how I can achieve the same things on my Android phone. I ...
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What are the security implications of enabling NFC on my Andriod device?

My first NFC-capable Android device (running Lollipop) is on its way. I've been doing some research, and got some info on how NFC events are handled internally, but I'd like some more practical ...
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New Android Hack/Compromise?

In the past three weeks, I've received calls from numbers I don't recognize and haven't answered them, but these calls leave voicemails over a few minutes. I've listened to a few of the voicemails ...
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How to use network interface as non-root user?

I want to communicate between my Android device and my Linux box over IP through the USB network interface mode. The device I'm using is a OnePlus One running CM12.1 nightly builds. It's rooted and ...
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How to block some URL`s in Android Louncher App without root?

There is a list of sites, but the user should not be able to go in the running, installed application (Launcher). How to implement this feature on phones without root rights ? For example, I ...
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Protect ADB access via network?

I have several Android devices in a local network. (Android Set Top Boxes from Geniatech, running 4.2 Jelly-Bean) If these boxes have problems or need debugging, I simply connect to them via adb ...
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A message said someone from Ukraine accessed my phone. What to do? How to see this message again?

While I was using my Samsung Galaxy S3 (Android 4.3), a message suddenly popped up saying that someone accessed (or tried to access; I don't exactly remember) your phone from Kiev, Ukraine (I'm in the ...
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Does smart lock check all active verification methods or only one of them?

I've recently started using smart lock. I've enabled two features: a trusted place and a trusted face. I cannot understand if in this case both of these mechanisms should pass to unlock the device or ...
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Laptop Stolen. How do I remove that device? [closed]

My laptop was stolen from my house and I noticed that someone has accessed my Google account. I changed my password but how can I remove that old laptop from my "trusted device" list? I found ...
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Where does the “privacy protection password” come from?

I wanted to insert a second sim card in my Umi phone. From then onwards, it always asks me for this 'privacy protection password'. I can only insert numbers, not letters... so I'm very puzzled about ...
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What device is listed only as Android on list of devices that accessed my account?

I have an LG Optimus Zone 2. On the list of devices that have accessed my account one shows up as Android, but no other information is given. What type of device is this? Why aren't there any details ...
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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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Is it possible to use “unlock with fingerprint” feature, and be asked for (after boot) giving passphrase and fingerprint on encrypted Galaxy S6

I would like to purchase a Samsung Galaxy S6. One of the main reasons for the choice of device is the (apparently) good fingerprint sensor. I would like to / have to encrypt my phone (my employer ...
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When you lock down a Lollipop device to disable Chrome's incognito mode, this creates an XML “restrictions file”. What actual XML is inside the file?

Note: If this post is too long to read, please see the summary in the last paragraph. I own an aging Samsung Galaxy S Relay cellphone. It's running Android 4.1.2 and has a built-in physical keyboard. ...
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Can I receive security updates without upgrading from KitKat to Lollipop?

I have a Samsung Galaxy Tab S tablet, and it's currently running the stock Android 4.4.2. A friend of mine had her Galaxy S5 upgraded to Lollipop, and i personally don't like the way it looks, ...
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How long can I reasonably expect security updates to be supported? [closed]

In light of the recent "stagefright" MMS vulnerability, I understand that while Google may release fixes to security vulnerabilities, it requires co-operation from the handset manufacturer to deliver ...
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How do certain apps record everything we type in android?

Certain apps like Type Machine claim to be able to record everything you type. You have to install it and activate it from the device's accessibility settings, then it can somehow record typed text. ...
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Turn off automatic loading of MMS messages [duplicate]

A new exploit is said to exploit MMS loading. For now, there's not much end users can do to protect themselves other than to install a patch as soon as one becomes available for their specific ...
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New vulnerabilietes discovered in Galaxy S5 stock keyboard update [closed]

http://arstechnica.com/security/2015/06/new-exploit-turns-samsung-galaxy-phones-into-remote-bugging-devices/ I was thinking about buying this phone along with a extetnion at my provider because the ...
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Stagefright security issue: what can a regular user do to mitigate the issue without a patch?

There appears to be a giant security vulnerability with Android that seems to basically affect all phones. PC World wrote: The vast majority of Android phones can be hacked by sending them a ...
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Restore lock screen password

I have set a password for my Android device long ago which I have already forgot. I have downloaded an app that enables me to log in using a password. As I understand it, the app overrides the Android ...
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My screen lock is set to “PIN”, and I can't change it to “Swipe”. Why not?

I have tried to do the fix as suggested on here however my swipe option states it was disabled by administrator or something like that. Not sure how I even set a PIN in the first place. How do I ...
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Nexus 5 WiFi problems

I believe it's somewhat well-known that the Nexus 5 has had more than a few hiccups with certain wifi networks. However, I'm not sure that the main reasons for wifi connectivity issues is as well ...
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Will Security apps work even after flashing new rom?

Assume that I have turned on Android Device manager to locate my phone in case of theft, and I also installed some security apps which can send message when someone tries to change the SIM card. ...
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Samsung keyboard security bug - was patch released?

Last month, a security flaw affecting the bundled (and unremovable) keyboard app used in many Samsung devices (S4, S5, S6) was announced: New exploit turns Samsung Galaxy phones into remote bugging ...
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Stolen phone. If factory reset and used, would it still show under device manager as registered

Lost phone. Google tracking showed it was taken. Tracking ended presumably when battery died. Android manager shows device registered and able to send lock out messages and request phone to ring. ...
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how to remove guest creation option while phone is locked

In lollipop, I see the option for creating guest account. During phone is locked with pattern or pin, anybody can just pull down the notification bar and create a guest a account and access my all ...
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Avoid Security for Outlook app in Android for lock screen

I had a concern recently regarding my lock screen privileges. I recently installed Microsoft Outlook App for Android and with the installation they asked me to encrypt my phone with either pin, ...
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Toast: MMS cannot be sent/received when mobile data is disabled — shows up at every boot in Moto G XT1033 running Lollipop 5.0.2

Details: Moto G XT1033 with Android Lollipop 5.0.2 Is there something wrong? Why would any app request this feature just exactly when I turn my cell phone on? (Click image to see its larger ...
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Can't change security settings due to VPN setup

This appears to be a duplicate of this post, but the solution there didn't work for me. Clearing the credential storage wasn't even an option -- it's greyed out. Starting at the beginning -- I ...
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Options for Stolen Phone

With an iPhone, you tie your phone to an iCloud account - it happens at the bootloader level. If your phone gets stolen, the thief can't do anything until the previous owner releases the phone from ...
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When selling your phone, what steps should be taken to make sure that all personal data has been removed?

I am getting rid of my Samsung Galaxy S4 and want to know what steps I should take to make sure that private information has been deleted from the phone. I have removed the SD card and cleared all of ...
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Can I remotely unlock my phone after I've remotely locked it?

Someone has stolen my phone s4 and is trying to extort me for 100 $. If I remotely lock my phone can I unlock my phone remotely? to let him know that I'm going to shut it down if he doesn't act.
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Android 5.1 update, Motorola X (1st Gen) and “Skip” NFC tabs (Really: disable “swipe” step before unlock)

I've just upgraded my gen 1 Moto X to 5.1. I've managed to get the NFC "Skip" tabs working again to unlock the phone, but the overall behavior is worse than with the prior release. Before 5.1, when ...