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Google password compromised?

A few days ago I noticed my phone notify me about my Google play account as if I had changed my password. Yesterday I found out I had been infected with a rootkit and a packet sniffer. I was able to ...
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Preventing users removing managed accounts

I've been using Android For Work (Google Admin) for a while now and I'm fairly happy with its range of policies available. Some of the main policies I've been applying for enrolled devices are ...
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6.0.1 fails to send MMS over PIA Always-On VPN when using 4G LTE

Yesterday, I set up a PIA VPN. I've configured it to use IPv4 over T-Mobile 4G LTE. I'm unable to send or receive MMS while connected to the VPN -- they can be sent/received as normal when the VPN ...
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Brute Forcing Android Lock; How Long Does It Take?

We've seen that iPhone calculation takes 80 milliseconds per trial to complete. And there's further increasing time penalty with each wrong trial. Android uses scrypt to generate its Encryption key, ...
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Login to Android 6.0 with NFC card and Password

I am evaluating MI5 and its NFC functionality. I am considering to compliment my Samsung Galaxy S4 GT-i9506 with MI5 because of various significant improvements in the hardware, software and ...
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Is 4,294,967,295 the conceptual limit of apps installable to a android device? [duplicate]

This is a somewhat conceptual question. I know that other limits (i.e. like memory limit the number apps installed much more). Question According to the security guide of android.com sandboxing (and ...
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How to Implement fix for Samsung's CVE-2015-7888 in CM13

I run the security checkup of DuoSecurity lab here. They say my phone has the vulnerability CVE-2015-7888 in Samsung Galaxy S4 GT-I9506 which is using CyanogenMod 13. CVE-2015-7888 Remote Code ...
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Prevent USB data transfer (when phone is in use) and being charged

I would like to know how to protect my data when I use public battery charger in public places. I know that if I do not unlock my screen when charging, my data is safe, but what if I would like to ...
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How to show SSL fingerprint of a self-signed certificate in Firefox for Android

I set up a website with a self signed SSL-certificate. As this website is just used by me for now, I'm fine with checking the fingerprint when connecting to it. This works just fine with Firefox or ...
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How to get the latest security updates for CyanogenMod?

I have installed CyanogenMod in February 2016, and the device information showed Android version "5.1.1", and the security patch level was "November 2015". This hasn't changed until today (2016-02-...
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Is it possible to require “initial unlock” for smart lock

Is it possible to enforce initial unlock while using smart lock? For example, I'm using smart unlock with "Trusted places" and I would prefer it didn't automatically unlock when I get in range of my ...
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Canonical explanation of Android Encryption and Vulnerabilities

Note: Well, the bounty expired and one possible reason could be effort required to address as I gather from comments. Seeing the number of upvotes, it appears to be of interest to others as well. I ...
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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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Does full device encryption protect my data from Google and the government?

Apple recently made waves within the tech community by refusing to comply with law enforcement in regards to accessing encrypted user data. Their statement was that they do not have the technical ...
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Famoc & KNOX on Samsung XCover 3

I have a problem, I have a phone with Famoc & KNOX enterprise security applications. I was able to root the device with Odin, I've installed twrp-2.8.7.0 & SuperSu. I've removed this Famoc ...
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What can be accessed if phone is lost?

If a phone has not had its bootloader unlocked, has not been rooted, has a finger print lock as well as a pin lock if the fingerprint lock doesn't work. How much can a thief access on the phone? Will ...
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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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Protect from theft at flash level

There are a lot of apps that could block your phone in case of theft, take picture of thief remotely and such, but in case of reset any of this security methods will be useless So I was wondering if ...
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Can't remove stolen phone from account

So I had an Android phone stolen - nearly two years ago now. When it was taken, I immediately reset my Google account password (and most others). I have 2-factor auth on my Google account. I have ...
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Custom ROM - easiest way to default to functional adb

When building a custom ROM (or for that matter, modifying existing) - what's the best way to make sure that the OS starts up with adb-USB enabled, and with the host's key already accepted?
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Keeping forensic cops out

I was just arrested and bonded out immediately. my phone was confiscated. It was an Android and is there anything I can do to keep them from accessing the contents of my phone? Would deleting my ...
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Phone number detected by a web page when browsing from chrome for android

I recently got subscribed to some alerts by the mobile provider automatically and some amount deducted from my phone balance. I called up the customer care centre and they agreed to refund the amount, ...
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How to hide winrar or other apk files in general?

I have stored some important files in my android phone in rar format. I've hidden these files in .nomedea folder. I've also enabled password for these files via win rar. The problem is for opening ...
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Why is fingerprint lock considered less secure than pattern lock on Nexus 5X?

My Nexus 5X highly recommends to set up pattern lock in addition to fingerprint lock, and the pattern is asked upon every reboot. And my password manager (KP2A) recommends to use fingerprint unlock ...
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Protection from flashing ROM

Hi so i was trying to theft protection my android phone. I unlock screen lock code, Cerberus with root privileges and also I'm about to encrypt my phone(not that it helps much to recover your phone ...
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Why aren't these UI “hacks” more often exploited?

I'm asking mostly about the global UI "hacks"1 in use by Facebook Messenger (specifically, chat heads) and the Facebook app itself (specifically, those really annoying "psuedo-Lollipop" notifications ...
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How to override default Android's default screen lock security policy?

I want my Android device screen to open without requiring password. So I chose "none" option in Security settings. But, when I needed to add a VPN connection, it required me to provide a password, PIN,...
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Extract OS signing public key

I have got a OnePlus Two with OxygenOS (an Android ROM made by OnePlus). I modified my OS by installing Kali Nethunter, and I now want to flash back to stock OxygenOS. I found the .zip file on the ...
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Android rooting security considerations

I know this question has been asked many times, but I didn't see a clear answer to it from security experts, or it is from several years ago and things might have changed. My question is double: ...
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Can a hacker simply copy shared prefs from one device to another to hijack a user session/state?

I'm an Android apps developer. I'm trying to address a security concern in one of my apps. I need to test a scenario in which someone will try to copy the shared prefs file (or files) from one ...
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How do I safely “copy” my gpg keys from kgpg on Linux to an Android app like openkeychain?

The title says most of it. I have a key pair setup on kgpg running under Kubuntu 12.04 Linux on my notebook. My smartphone (Galaxy S3) has no SD card slot. I want to be able to transfer files between ...
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Disable android call dialer/function for public 3G tablet

I'm putting an Android tablet at a public display area and the tablet needs to be powered by a 3G sim card. I don't want anybody to dial out using this tablet. I read somewhere that I can disable ...
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Make a app Package For android

I have made a "Security" phone for my personal use. I have about 49 apps and about 7 wallpapers. Can I make a package that when flashed in a Custom Recovery It installs all of the apps and make the ...
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How are internal components of Android tested before releasing?

How are the internal components of Android such as Zygote and Binder tested before being released? I tried looking around for answers to this but most resources (blog posts and research papers) I ...
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Disable Screenshot Security

Some apps don't allow screenshots so how can I still take a screenshot? It is my phone and I should be able to do whatever I want with it so why is there even a feature to disallow screenshots? ...
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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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Safely buy a used mobile

Is there any step I need to take after buying a used Android phone from a stranger? Is restoring the device to defaults enough? The hardware should be fine; I'm talking more about the OS itself and ...
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Pros and cons of rooting using apps (“Soft Root”) compared to other methods (“Hard Root”)

There are quite a few app based rooting methods. A recent review 9 free software apps to root Android devices, points to some of them and there may be more apps, paid or otherwise. From what I ...
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How to turn off Android Device Manager on the web

My phone got stolen yesterday. I have never downloaded Android Device Manager or enabled it on my phone but for some reason, when I go onto the ADM web page, it could track my phone (up until a day ...
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Is there any SSH OS support in Android?

I am reading the article Jolla and SSH push Sailfish Secure as “European alternative” mobile OS. I have used third-party applications for SSH in my phone but would like to have OS supported. How ...
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AccountManager: how can passwords be stored and retrieved without also storing the decrypt key?

Can the Android AccountManager be hacked and its account passwords retrieved? I mean, how is the decrypt key stored in a way that is safe from being retrieved by password-spoofing software? Is special ...
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How are certs validated against default trust store?

Through some reading, I have a fairly rough understanding about how https works with Android apps, especially how are certificate validations done. Some of the resources that I referred to for gaining ...
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How do I tell if a given Android phone is vulnerable to CVE-2012-4221, CVE-2013-2596, CVE-2013-2597, CVE-2013-6282?

I want to determine if a given Android Phone + OS is vulnerable to a set of CVEs. What process do I need to do to do to determine if a given Phone is vulnerable?
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App sending spam messages to my contacts

My phone sent the following message to all of my contacts: Install this voice messenger just to talk http://mrv.withmechat.us/Cun I know I didn't send this message and not to mention it sent it ...
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Turn off pin without pin

I've just got a new Android phone with fingerprint recognition. I set a fingerprint to unlock and a pin. For some reason I've forgotten the pin. I can unlock the phone fine with the finger print, ...
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How to remove Taboola adware?

I have factory-reset my mobile, and had already scanned with antivirus for adware, which it found but it couldn't remove. What should I do?
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How can an organization control when or when not an update for an app is installed in their Android smartphones?

Imagine an organization that have a legitimate fear to automatic updates. That organization thinks that an automatic update may break a business use case. For example, when the VPN client is update ...
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Moving an app out of a myKNOX container

Is it possible to move an app back out of a myKNOX container? I have an app that I have written myself and loaded onto a samsung xcover3 via eclipse and a USB cable. I then installed myKNOX and ...
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To configure tethering as two step login?

I have given my password of wifi stations to group of people. However, I want to allow only specific people to login at specific time. Attempt I could not enable a basic MAC filtering for devices. ...
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What data flows through AirDroid's servers?

When using AirDroid do your text messages and/or data get transmitted through AirDroid's servers or is that data kept locally between your Android device and your computer? My understanding is that ...