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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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Is it possible to bypass Samsung's Reactivation Lock?

I have set Reactivation Lock on my Galaxy S5 and I want to be sure if it will render phone useless for someone that steals/finds it or it's just easy to bypass by flashing fresh firmware with Odin. ...
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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, ...
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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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Can I recall a command to reset a lost phone?

Last night I lost my Nexus 7 coming back from a friend's house. Since it has a lot of confidential work email on one account I logged into the Android Device Manager and - when it didn't show up - set ...
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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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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 ...
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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 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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Find what app is causing popups, NOT in notification bar

I am getting these popups regularly. They do not appear in the notification center so I can't find out what app is causing them. The only app I can think of that I have installed recently, I have ...
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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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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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Blocking 'Android System,Battery Warning,com.media tek,Common Data Service…' from connecting to the Internet

I am using NoRoot Firewall to block Internet access to some apps. It recently notified me that this/these app(s) are attempting to access the Internet: "Android System,BatteryWarning,com.media ...
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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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Can my Android device become - remotely and without my permission - a wiretap and get used as surveillance device?

I saw the following article: An article in the Financial Times last year said mobile providers can "remotely install a piece of software on to any handset, without the owner's knowledge, which ...
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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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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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How is the Gmail password stored in Android - and where?

I have looked around and found no information on how Android manages to store passwords on the device. Especially Gmail passwords. I'm looking to learn how Android encrypts and stores passwords ? What ...
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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 do I avoid the server-specified security policies for my work e-mail?

When I signed into my e-mail for work (we're on Microsoft Exchange) there were a number of server-specified security policies (See below) How do I avoid these?: I just received a Nexus 7 and signed ...
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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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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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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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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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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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What is this Google Settings app that installed itself on my phone?

Today, all of a sudden I saw this app in my Samsung Galaxy Y mobile phone: I am talking about the app named "Google Settings" I uninstalled it immediately only to find it installed again a few ...
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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 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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Preventing installed apps from making calls or sending SMS

It seems like a growing number of (seemingly legitimate) apps casually claim the "Services that cost you money" permissions (making calls and sending SMS) for non-essential secondary features that ...
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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 ...
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How can I verify the authenticity of an APK file I downloaded?

The latest update of Google Maps is unavailable in my country, so I downloaded a version by googling for "Google Maps 5.4.0 apk". I did in fact find it, but now I wonder how I can tell if this is in ...
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How can I override the Device Administrator security policy so that I can disable the lock screen?

On Android 2.2 Froyo, I added my Corporate Exchange Email account to the phone, however, the security policy set by the "Device Administrator" requires that I enter a 4-digit PIN at the lock screen ...
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Is it safe to use this app and will it cause problems in 6.0?

Classic Dialpad for KitKat and Lollipop Just wanted to check if there's any reason not to use this, here's what the permissions looks like. Click image to enlarge I'm assuming its just a ...
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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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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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Can applications be downloaded without a Google Account and without disabling security features?

If I wish to install applications such as Skype, DropBox, etc however without registering for a Google account, is that possible? If so, how do I install them without a Google account?
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is there a keylogger in my phone

I have an Android phone accent a400 and I sent it to a repair store to change the broken screen. After receiving the phone, I noticed that they did a reset to the phone and the internal memory doesn't ...
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Samsung KNOX equivalent for other device manufacturers

Are any other device manufacturers offering a samsung KNOX type solution? Maybe the other big players, i.e. Motorola, HTC or Sony have a similar technology available for securing their Android ...
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How can I change SELinux from Enforcing to Permissive on Samsung Galaxy Note 3?

My device is Samsung Galaxy Note 3 SM-N9005. This phone comes with SELinux set to Enforcing by default. I have been trying to change this to permissive but to no avail. I built the kernel from ...
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How to connect ADB over 3G/4G?

I keep seeing warning signs about enabling ADB over Network when you aren't connected to a WiFi network, but what if I want to connect ADB over 3G/4G ? Whenever I try to do it with any of the ...
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Unknown sources, root, and the Android security conundrum [closed]

This question has 2 aspects, both are related and equally important from a security standpoint: 1) The "Allow installations from unknown sources" option under Security settings. Most other mobile ...
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Does official Gmail app use a secure connection?

As simple as that, when I'm using the official Gmail app to access my email account, does it use a secure connection?