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how to root your Android or at least understand how it works

I do not know exactly how rooting works or if it can even by done on my Android (Samsung GT-N8013) device. No rootkit appears to exist yet for Android 4.1.2, so I am left with figuring out how to ...
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Encrypt the phone's internal storage

Is there a way to encrypt my phone's internal memory, in the same way you would encrypt a computer's partition? Ideally, the phone would always ask for the password when booting, and even if someone ...
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Suspicious directory “.MySecurityData” in internal storage

I have a Galaxy Note (N7000) device running stock Android 4.1.2. I was browsing the internal storage and noticed a directory named ".MySecurityData", which contains one single directory "dont_remove", ...
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Web proxy for Android 4.2.2

I need to cut off access to Flash and HTML5 videos on several devices for a project. Is there any app like a proxy to perform this? If I could deny a list of webpages it will be perfect.
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Can I “Wipe data/Factory reset” a phone that doesn't even boot via USB?

I have a Razr HD (XT925 GSM) which suddenly shut down and can't be turned back on (pressing or long pressing the power button does nothing, nor does connecting it to the wall). I have a lot of ...
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What's the security implication of having an unlocked boot loader?

Nexus devices can be unlocked using the fastboot command fastboot oem unlock to install a custom firmware. For security reasons, the phone is wiped when this command is executed. However after this is ...
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Allow login with multiple passwords

Is it possible to setup multiple accepted passwords for the login to Android? Or perhaps an alternative secure login. (Note: facial recognition and fingerprint does not count as secure, but an RSA/NFC ...
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How to know if an keyboard/input related app is safe to use

I am Vietnamese and I cannot type my language on my Android phone i.e. Samsung Galaxy S4 So I look for apps that help me to input Vietnamese. My issue is that I'm affraid the apps will bug me and ...
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can an android device be in danger on a malicious site?

I accidentally went onto a site via Google images and went off after half a second, (the page had been quarter/half loaded. I accidentally hit the undo button and it opened again, and I closed it ...
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Block all root connections except to certain IP destinations using Iptables

I am using rooted Android 4.4.4 system. I want to block all the network connections associated by processes that run by root except to certain Ip targets. Something like this Block all network ...
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How do I remove Selfmite worm?

In June this year I experienced what I've found to be called the "Selfmite" worm on my Nexus 5 smartphone. On 24.06 and 29.06 it sent the message "Dear [contact name], Look The Self-time, ...
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What Trusted Root CAs are included in Android by default?

There doesn't seem to be a central Android resource that lists the Trusted Root CAs included in the OS or default browser (related question on SO), so how can I find out which are included on my phone ...
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Installed Comodo SSL certificate not showing in User in Trusted credentials [duplicate]

I am trying to install the SSL certificate for our exchange server. However although it says it is installed it is not showing under the User tab in settings --> personal --> security --> credential ...
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Encrypting Nexus 7 vs. screen lock

I read in this article that a non-encrypted tablet with only screen-lock on can have data read through USB. Is this really true for example for a Nexus 7 tablet? I mean - if I lock the screen you ...
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GSM vulnerabilities

I heard that there are inherent flaws in the GSM protocol that make it possible for someone to impersonate a network operator and do all sorts of nasty things remotely, even if your phone is off. Is ...
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How can I remotely wipe a stolen phone? [duplicate]

My phone have been stolen and I have many pictures on it, and secret things! How can I trash every thing on it through a Whatsapp message? I have not tired anything yet.
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How to make packages from f-droid to be treated as from a “known source” (if I have root)?

I usually get packages from http://f-droid.org/ repository through their package browser (because then I have a guarantee that I use free (= libre) software); and they are signed with their key. I ...
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Network security in Android

My question is quite simple. I've been digging around in the subject for quite a while now, but I can't really get a hang of how it works. Scenario: I use Facebook on my phone to chat with some ...
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How can I reset the Play Store content filter pin?

I have forgotten my Google Play Content filter pin and would like to reset it so I can download some apps that are being blocked. Does anyone know how I can reset the pin?
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Google Nexus 7: I can't manage my device administrators

Can someone please help me? I've installed the McAfee protection on my tablet and later changed it to Kaspersky. When trying to deactivate McAfee as device administrator it didn't work. Therefore now ...
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How to encrypt android device without screen lock? [duplicate]

I want to encrypt my phone to protect sensitive information. But I do not want to enter a password every time I pick up my phone. That seriously hampers the usability. Particularly because the ...
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Are there any tools to sandbox a malware application even more than the granted permissions on Android?

Suppose I want to run some program which requests too many permissions. For example, record from the microphone or read IMEI of my phone. However, there are no practical explanation why recording from ...
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Seeking alternative to Andoid File Transfer utility

Need usb alternative to Android File Transfer for Mac. Problems: 1. no search capability 2. Cannot report size of files. 3. No route to send problem reports to developer. Reasons for not using ...
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Possibly a trojan named “SuperUser [UID]”?

SuperUser is prompting for access for something named "SuperUser [UID]" Why would the app SuperUser prompt for access for itself? Could it be a trojan with almost the same name as SuperUser?
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Tracking down which app makes HTTP requests [duplicate]

After configuring my Galaxy S4 (Android 4.4.2) phone to use a proxy server for debugging an app, I noticed that other apps on my device were making some suspicious HTTP calls. I would like to track ...
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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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How do I secure/encrypt SD card data transparent to apps?

Are there any off-the-shelf options for securing the contents of an SD card so that files written by apps writing to SD are encrypted? If so, what is the best option? I'm looking for something for ...
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Does the Play Store app verify the APKs?

Many people (including me) are downloading/installing/updating applications in public networks where we cant be sure of a secure connection without MiTM attacks, does Google's Play Store transmit the ...
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My nfc-enabled android-phone won't read a rfid key I own, why and what can I do about it?

Does it require some kind of activation-code? If so, can I read it while I scan it on the original scanner?
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How can I save and protect sexy pictures sent by my girlfriend?

I'm traveling and my GF wants to send me some racy pictures. Of course I will accept that offer, but I need to save them on my phone in a safe way. My phone uses Activesync, so it's possible for my ...
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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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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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Lock screen security - reboot after X invalid PINs

I used following methodology to create a strong boot password on the phone, at the same time keeping a weaker PIN for screen unlock. Now I want to make sure that if someone tries to pick up a PIN, ...
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Heartbleed check for Android App

How I can check whether a particular android app is vulnerable to heartbleed or not? I don't want to use any third party app. I have seen ...
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How can I set the correct SELinux / SEAndroid policy for an App?

I am using the free SSHelper SSH server on my phone to get SSH access. However, the application is not behaving correctly under SELinux when set to Enforcing mode, but seem to be OK when using ...
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IMEI number publicly displayed whenever connected to Wifi

I connected to Wifi (using a HTC Desire using Android 2.3) and a friend used an app (I think it was on an iPhone) to display information about devices connected to the Wifi hotspot. I can accept the ...
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How does the Heartbleed security vulnerability affect my Android device?

The "Heartbleed" vulnerability in particular versions of OpenSSL is a serious security issue which allows malicious servers or clients to undetectably obtain unauthorized data from the other end of an ...
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How to browse securely, anonymously and without blocks on Android?

So here's your Average Joe at a coffee store, using the open Wifi on his shiny new Android phone. Obviously there are the same issues with using a laptop or any other device on an open network, ...
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How can i hide an application?

I want to hide some applications from other people who have access to my phone but be able to get to the application whenever I want. I don't want locking. I need it to be not seen on applications ...
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Security options greyed out

There was a great thread on the same subject. Security options grayed out I am in the same situation where I need to keep the certificates on the android phone. And the ActiveSync certificates ...
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Security options grayed out

I have my mobile phone (Samsung Galaxy S2) running on ICS. Recently I activated Microsoft Exchnage ActiveSync to connect to my corporate email. It disabled all the security options like 'Pattern ...
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Transfer file securely android to pc via LAN

I need a file transfer from android device to pc server.Both of them is in same network.First i tried file transfer via adb.But adb is not secure connection. How do i securely transfer between ...
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PIN invisibility in android

I am using PIN security for unlocking the phone. When i type the PIN, a blue highlight comes to the pressed digit. How can i hide it? I am in Note 2 rooted with stock rom.
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Erasing SD Card contents and personal data

I have an SD card in my Droid Global or Droid X, not exactly sure which model. I go to the files and click on the SD card instead of shred files and delete all of its contents. I then go to Privacy ...
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How to protect data after unlocking bootloader?

I am to root my Nexus, so I have to unlock it first. But I worry that once done, some one may boot with customized recovery to copy or modify my files. Any idea?
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Data over mobile network switching on behind my back - what could be doing it and how to stop?

Alcatel OneTouch 983, Android 2.3.7 I normally have "Enable data access over mobile network" switched off so as not to drain my phone credit, only switching it on when I want to do something quick on ...
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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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How can I secure my pictures, videos and other files stored on my phone?

I am looking for a way to protect every sort of data that is saved in my Android phone from being stolen. I have done some research on Google Play, the only app I found with all the features is Folder ...
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PGP keys on Android

How do I set up a PGP key on my Samsung Android 4.1.1 tablet? No idea what I'm doing so please give step by step simplistic instructions
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How to know if a side-loaded app is safe?

How can we be assured that the APK of an app that we are downloading from a website is safe to install on our Android phone? Is there a way to know that the downloaded file is safe? Is there an app ...