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Can a thief unlock or otherwise access the data on my stolen Android device?

If my Android device is stolen, will the person who ends up with it be able to get my data by plugging it into a PC and using some trick? Is there anything I can do to prevent this or make it harder?
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Can my Google Docs app be secured?

I have sensitive information in my Google Docs. I enabled two-step verification with my Google account; but just noticed that Google DOCS on my phone doesn't require any type of PIN number or ...
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How to make sure I have no sms virus?

I'm using a non-rooted, non-hacked Samsung GT-I5700 device which runs Android 2.1. Today I've received an MMS from an unknown phone with something which looked like a spam for Mastercard. I've ...
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How safe are my passwords at after-sales service?

My phone is currently inoperative. Samsung asked me to drop it at an approved repair center, which will handle shipment and reception to/from Samsung. Being unable to boot my phone, it was impossible ...
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Can Applications With Root Access Modify Their Own Permissions?

For rooted phones, there are several apps which require root privileges. Knowing this, the user does allow the app to get root. Now, the app would have been installed with a set of x permissions, say ...
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Secure keyboard application from android market

Is it safe to install a keyboard application from android market that asks full internet access permission? Will it not lead to certain security risks? There are several free and paid keyboards that ...
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Setup Tor server on my Android

How do I setup a Tor server on my Android tablet? I can install the Orbot client, but how do I contribute to the tor network? I have my tablet on a WiFi the most of the day so it would be nice to ...
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Is there an Android calendar with limited security permissions?

I've just bought an entry-level Samsung Europa, running version 2.2. I'm technically-minded but new to this OS. I'd like to find a calendar that runs in limited security permissions, so that my ...
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Why do App Locker apps need so many permissions? Am i safe?

I've been trying to password protect an app, and it seems that the permissions vary from app to app for App Lockers. Why do so many of them require full phone access? Is there any danger if i use a ...
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How secure are the “app password protection” apps?

I know there are a number of apps available that can password protect specified apps. I want to know how secure they really are. As far as I know, there aren't any exposed OS hooks in android to ...
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Android 4 USB charge only

When I connect my Android 4 phone (Galaxy Nexus) to a computer using USB, the storage of the phone is automatically mounted on the computer. How can I connect my phone using USB for charging only? In ...
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OpenVPN with Android 2.3.x - security concerns

I need to use my Android 2.3.x phone to access an OpenVPN server. I have CM 7 with built in support for OpenVPN and tun. My main concern is that I don't know where to put the keys in. If my phone gets ...
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Is there an official dialer code resource?

There are a ton of XDA forums and a decent number of answers here that refer to specific dialer codes. For instance *#*#4636#*#* will cause unicorns to spring forth from your phone or tell you what OS ...
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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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How do Android devices receive security updates?

I'm new to Android and I'm thinking about buying an entry-level Android device. Yesterday I read that Android passwords are stored in plain text. That got me to thinking... how do Android devices get ...
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Logout from Gmail on my device

It bothers me that my Android Phone is permanently logged into my Gmail account. I want to logout from the device and somehow make the phone ask for username/password when connecting to my account. ...
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Looking for Location-Specific Screen Locking Behaviour

I'd like to have a feature that allows my Android phone to change its lock mechanism automatically dependent on location. For example, most of the time I use pattern unlock when out and about but ...
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Restricting Web Access to a single domain on Android tablets?

Our sales team came to me earlier with a question about Android OS. I've never used Android, but I do know it is a Linux-based OS. Frankly, I don't have the time to research for myself the ...
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Are there any good firewalls available?

Does the android platform have any firewall application?
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Is there a standard place for the Owner Information on an Android phone?

I found an lost Android phone - is there a standard place on Android phones for owner information so I can contact the person who lost it?
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How secure is a sim lock?

I have sim lock enabled on my sim, so basically, if I put my sim in another phone or if I restart my phone, I need to enter the sim lock pin. How easy is it to crack the sim lock if a theif got hold ...
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Is a PIN lock screen inherently more or less secure than an app lock program?

The two ways I see to secure an Android phone is through a PIN lock screen or through an app lock program (Password is too inconvenient and pattern is insecure for various reasons). The lock screen ...
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Is there an Android app that scans a device for vulnerability issues?

Is there an application that scan the phone or the phone image searching for vulnerability issues? In the internet there are several tools that make Network scanning, but I found nothing specific for ...
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In general, do Android apps use encrypted connections? If so, is public WiFi safer?

I know that connecting to public WiFi carries risks. I know that much of the risk has to do with sending data over a public connection, allowing it to be intercepted. So, my question is, do most ...
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Is there a way to wipe a device based on a certain password? A like a “Wipe-me” password?

Is there a way (an app perhaps) that will wipe a phone if a certain password is entered at the lock screen? For example "letmein" unlocks the phone, but if you enter "wipeme" it will start the factory ...
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LogMeIn Hamachi VPN

How do I connect my Android phone or tablet to a LogMeIn Hamachi VPN? Is it even possible? LogMeIn has command line clients for Linux, and of course Android has built-in VPN settings. Is there some ...
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Encryption of offline mail, calendar, contacts data on Android

I'm very new to Android and I wonder what I can do in terms of encryption. As I read it seems that only Android >= 2.3.3 supports encryption but my new device will be running Android 2.3.1. So I ...
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Can I get a notification of failed WiFi connection for secured network?

I have an HTC Hero running Android 2.1. My work has a secured wifi network that we're allowed to connect our phones too. We also have to change our account passwords every so often. When this happens, ...
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Provably, temporary, disable wireless networking on Android tablet

I am taking an exam during which any materials or electronic devices are allowed, provided that I can demonstrate that they cannot be used for communicating with others. I want to take my Android ...
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USSD attack official notification

I have an HTC that is vulnerable to USSD attack. I am trying to tell the HTC helpdesk about this issue, but they tell me that unless there is an official news from android team about this, they will ...
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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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How do I decrypt files on my SD card that I encrypted using the Settings?

I have files that I used to copy from my SD card to my PC using the USB Mass Storage option under the "USB connection" pop-up. I checked the flag under Settings->Location & Security->Data ...
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Set a profile in Tasker to wipe the phone

Is it possible to create a profile in Tasker that completely wipes the phone? I ask because I haven't tried Tasker yet, and this might be enough to make me buy it. It doesn't matter how this profile ...
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Do apps that access gmail only have write access or full gmail access (potential security risk?)

I use a backup app to backup SMS text messages to my GMail account registered on my HTC Desire Z Android 2.3 phone. The app requests access to the gmail account. But what does this actually mean? ...
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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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Unsafe certificate protection in Android?

Maybe I'm wrong. If so, please let me know. Here is my question. I've followed the instructions here and installed my personal certificate stored in a pfx file (PKCS#12) in my Google Nexus (ICS ...
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Why each android application runs on a different Dalvik VM process?

I have read that each android applications runs on a different Dalvik VM process (all forked from zygote). I also read that these VMs are really lightweight and use copy on write buffers and all ...
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Are Tmobile using bogus DoD IP addresses (bogons)?

I recently started picking up some weird entries in my firewall log: kernel: arplookup 26.XXX.XXX.XXX failed: host is not on local network There are at least at dozen entries, all to different IP's ...
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How to connect ADB over 3G/4G? Or how can an ADB listener over network vulnerability be leveraged over GSM?

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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If I download and install a non-market application and then proceed remove it, does it mitigate any security issues?

If I downloaded a non-market application and installed it and discovered it may be malicious, does removing it from the list of applications completely discard it and help mitigate any security ...
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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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Android 1.5 Dialer App - Exploit Block

I just read about the remote USSD attack. My hoary old Samsung i7500g phone is vulnerable (confirmed via this site). The solution is to install a (free) secondary dialer, like Dialer One. ...
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How can I detect Malware and/or viruses?

I'm buying a used Droid phone (Verizon) that has been rooted. Is there anyway to scan it for viruses (and more importantly) malware? Or maybe even a firewall? (I may be being overcautious). Some ...
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How do I lock my HTC whenever I want?

I have a HTC Wildfire S and set up the screen lock pattern for it. This triggers after some time but sometimes I want to lock it myself, for example if I leave the office and let my phone on the desk. ...
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My HTC Desire HD has been stolen. What data can still be accessed by the thief?

I have contacted the network and had the phone barred, I had applied a screen lock. I am concerned however if the thief can still access all my numbers, texts, saved passwords and most importantly ...
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Find lost device without Gmail account configured and without SIM card

I recently misplaced a phone that did not have gmail account configured and did not have a SIM card in it either. Is there any way I can track it ? All of the tracking apps either require sending an ...
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How can I disable or password protect my device's 'factory reset' function?

Is there any way to prevent a factory reset, like password protection? I would basically like to protect my phone from resetting if it gets stolen.
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How can I disable root on a modded device?

Is it possible to disable root access to applications on an Android device again after installing modded firmware? I would like to try Cyanogen or one of the other custom ROMs, but I'm wondering ...
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I want to password lock my “Applications” settings, but no other settings

I have an AppLock program that locks certain apps with a PIN. In order for the app to have any effectiveness, I include Settings as an App to lock. Otherwise, I could go to Settings -> ...
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Can I lock the Nexus 4/7 bootloader after flashing a non-stock ROM?

I know that doing a fastboot oem unlock will both unlock the bootloader and wipe the data on the device. Unfortunately, while this allows me to install a non-stock ROM like Cyanogenmod, my ...