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locked out of samsung 4s after failed pattern and do not know google pin

I called cell phone carrier. she said we can go into google android device manager. although there, it says no active devices. when I go to the dashboard, an old cell phone is listed but not my new ...
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List of open ports on Android

Is there a way, on a non-rooted Android device, to see a list of what apps are listening on what port? Or even a way to see if an app is listening on a specific port?
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Possible to disable or shutdown phone (or just security camera app) from another android over internet? ((or perhaps Tasker))

I have some contractors doing some work on my house over the next few weeks. I've been looking into turning my old S3 into a motion detection cam. This way I could see if anyone enters my office, ...
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“Locking” a Samsung Bootloader

In order to prevent cold-boot attacks against an encrypted Android filesystem, it has been recommended to keep your bootloader locked at all times with the original factory recovery installed. The ...
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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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I locked my phone from android device manager, now i'm not being able to remove the lock screen password [duplicate]

I locked my phone from android device manager, now i'm not being able to remove the lock screen password, it says that, lock screen is disabled by administrator or encryption policy or credential ...
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How secured is password protected Memo?

I have Samsung Galaxy Star (GT-S5282) with 4.1.2. I wanted to store my bank and credit card information in password protected Memo. How secured is password protected Memo? Is there a way to crack the ...
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What is YGPS and why does it have every permission that's in the book?

I have a FairPhone One. From time to time I look in the system settings and the battery usage to see what is draining the battery. I've disabled anything I don't use, including a number of builtins ...
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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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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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How to avoid silent app installations

I have gone through this post Silent app installation wherein it clearly mentions it's highly impossible to self install the application without going through the whole installer proceedure.But when i ...
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How do I add really trusted CA to my Android 4.4 device? [duplicate]

I want to inspect all traffic going from my device running Android 4.4.2. I have configured sslsplit-enabled Wi-Fi access point and installed the certificate to /system/etc/security/cacerts/. My CA ...
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Can an antivirus really stop the broadAnywhere threat?

I had a look at the diff where the broadAnywhere threat is fixed, and it's basically just mPendingIntent = PendingIntent.getBroadcast(this, 0, new Intent(), 0); replaced with: Intent ...
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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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What is the attack vector of <= 4.3 web view vulnerability?

This is in reference to the vulnerability that Google is not patching, since the WebView in 4.3 and less is part of the OS and not a separate updateable component. Since some people will not have ...
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How to prevent tracking or hacking of a used phone

The used phone's IMEI is clean, so it's not stolen. Looks like its seller did a factory-reset before selling it. But how do I make sure that it doesn't have any malware or backdoors, and that its ...
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How to remove an account from Google Hangouts?

I logged in to Google Hangouts using an account (which is NOT the account I use in play store). But now I cannot remove it. I can sign out, but to sign back in, it does not for the password and ...
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Formatting Android storage “zero out” technique

I have an Android mobile (Galaxy S3), and am really worried that my corporate information will be retrieved after a reset. I've seen shared video showing it is possible to recover data after hard ...
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Adding more than 3 fingerprints in Galaxy S5 by swiping different fingers when adding a new fingerprint

On the Samsung Galaxy S5 one can bypass the 3 fingerprint limit by swiping different fingers when adding a new fingerprint. Can this cause any security issue?
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Fast switch between lock screens?

I know there is "No Lock Screen", which is a great musthave app that I have been using for months on all the devices I own. My friends/relatives love it too. My only problem with it it's that I ...
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how to disconnect asus usb connection from eclipse

im a beginner in android apps mobile. i already launch it in my phone asus T00Q, but i have problem to disconnect the usb from eclipse. some said we should put the mode on charging mode and not Media ...
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How can I stop being redirected to the App Store/Google Store by dodgy ad-scripts?

There are a load of sites that do this now, and it's really annoying: I visit a content site on my Android device. 10-15 seconds after loading starts the site hangs for a few seconds. Google play ...
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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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“Account unlock” when not connected to internet?

I have a Samsung Galaxy Y mobile phone. I see this screen when I press "Forgot Password" in the pattern lock screen that comes by default with the phone: My Question is: How would my account be ...
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Possible to change SIM card PUK on Android device?

On my Samsung Galaxy SIII, one can go to Settings -> More -> Security -> SIM card lock -> Set up SIM card lock -> Change SIM PIN to change the default PIN that came with the SIM card. ...
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Undesired download of Baidu Browser

new Android user with the world's most low end tablet, Azpen A727. I'm enjoying learning about Android and have killed off most of the bloatware...but twice now "Baidu Browser" has been downloaded ...
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What is the setting in xprivacy to access the microphone?

I use xprivacy to set all permissions on my phone, but I accidently forbid the tuner app to access my microphone. Which setting do I have to enable?
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Disabling/Changing PIN on Android device: where are the disabled flag and new PINs stored (SIM or internal storage)?

On my Samsung Galaxy SIII, one can go to Settings -> More -> Security -> SIM card lock -> Set up SIM card lock -> Lock SIM card` which displays a check box which can be used to configure the phone to ...
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execve permission denied under /data [closed]

I have met a weird problem on a Samsung Galaxy Note 2, running Android 4.3, with an origin-forgetton rooted rom. getenforce returns "Permissive", so selinux is Permissive. cat /proc/self/status ...
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Does rooting a phone expose the phone to security risks? [duplicate]

I have a very simple question. If I root my phone, will it be easier for malware to run on my device and cause more damage (due to the nature of the extended set of operations that applications with ...
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Recovering lost or stolen phone (security and feasability considerations)?

I am trying to understand a little bit about security in case my phone goes stolen. I have read that even if a phone is stolen and the SIM card is removed, it can still be possible to find your phone ...
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Android application firewall - interactive prompt confirmation for connections

I'm thinking of developing application, or probably extending AFWall+ app What I'm missing on Android is possibility to confirm each connection from each application, simply blocking the application ...
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App/shortcut to quickly change screen lock type?

Two scenarios: I'm at a "trusted" place, and don't want to enter unlock password/pattern all the time I'm at an "untrusted" place and want my phone to be password/pattern screen locked is there ...
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What are the security disadvantages of rooting an Android phone?

I know there was a discussion previously BUT they didn't talk about security. E.g.: if I root my phone will all my apps run with root permission? Related: Are there any risks to rooting a device?
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Can my Android phone be hacked without installing permissions?

After reading this article ( Kaspersky smartphone report ) this got me wondering. Obviously if I install a dodgy app through Play Store or directly from a website, that can be dangerous, however if I ...
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Securing a young child's tablet

My wife has decided to get the kids a set of android tablets for christmas. These are Coby Kyros 4GB wi-fi only models. The kids are ages 6-10 so I don’t particularly want to let them have free ...
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Biometric-security lock-screen?

Is there a way to apply a biometric lock (as in, a look screen) to an Android device? e.g. the unlocker has to pass a fingerprint / retina / voice scan. I've read about startup companies and general ...
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How can I disable the screen lock password in lollipop?

I have enabled password protection on the lock screen on my Nexus 5 Lollipop device: After enabling password, I can't seem to be able to cancel it. Any idea how to go back to None or Swipe?
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How to root the HTC Desire 300 (also known as Zara Mini)

Okay please forgive me if this has already been answered, I've read a few questions on here but I still don't understand. Firstly, I'm not a "techie" or anything like that, so some of the really ...
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Remotely brick a stolen phone

If my phone is lost or stolen, can I remotely and permanently brick my phone. This way, not only is my data secure, but the resale value of the phone plummets to zero. Tangential question: can apps ...
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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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Securing Memory Card?

What should I do so that the Memory card in my phone works only in my phone? Also, I should be able to connect my mobile to a PC through a USB cable and completely see/edit/organize the data on my ...
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Bypass “Swipe up to unlock” on Android Lollipop lock screen

I recently flashed my Nexus 4 to Android Lollipop using the factory image. I have set a pattern lock for unlocking the device. But whenever I turn on the phone, I have to click on the little lock ...
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Where is Face Unlock?

I installed Titanium Backup and found Face Unlock (Settings) in the file list but I can't find it anywhere on the phone.I checked the settings menu and Security but I still can't find the interface to ...
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forgot my google account password

someone used my phone GT-S5300 and had wrongly tried the unlock pattern many times and now it is asking me for google account but i have forgotten my password. pliz suggest me how can i get my ...
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How do I re-enable swipe to unlock?

I recently encrypted my Android 4.4.2 device (S4 Active) and have now unencrypted it. However the only options I still have to unlock my phone are PIN and Password. When I attempt to change it it now ...
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Security of Android cryptography in versions < 5.0 against government agencies

Recently, both Google and Apple announced their new OSes encrypt the device by default. This caused a lot of complaints from government agencies. Let me quote an article ...
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Can a locked phone's data be accessed when being repaired?

I had an HTC One S device which suddenly turned off and refused to start. On giving to the service centre, it turns out the device needs replacement of an item 'PCBA-MAIN BOARD WITH SKU ID MS' which ...
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Does rooting phone affect online banking security? [duplicate]

I'm thinking of rooting my android phone (HTC Desire 300) and was wondering if doing so would affect the internet security with stuff like online banking. Is it still secure to do my banking on a ...
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Nmap my device and find many open port, is these secure?

I use nmap to scan the open port of my android open port. To my surprise, the list is long ( attached below ). Is this normal? Are all these secure? I am using Android 4.4. The rom is cm11. PORT ...