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When selling your phone, what steps should be taken to make sure that all personal data has been removed?

I am getting rid of my Samsung Galaxy S4 and want to know what steps I should take to make sure that private information has been deleted from the phone. I have removed the SD card and cleared all of ...
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Can I remotely unlock my phone after I've remotely locked it?

Someone has stolen my phone s4 and is trying to extort me for 100 $. If I remotely lock my phone can I unlock my phone remotely? to let him know that I'm going to shut it down if he doesn't act.
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Android 5.1 update, Motorola X (1st Gen) and “Skip” NFC tabs (Really: disable “swipe” step before unlock)

I've just upgraded my gen 1 Moto X to 5.1. I've managed to get the NFC "Skip" tabs working again to unlock the phone, but the overall behavior is worse than with the prior release. Before 5.1, when ...
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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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Track down what is putting icons on my desktop

Starting in the last week, something is putting icons on my desktop. I've not installed anything new on this phone (Android 4.2.2) in at least 2-3 weeks (and anything that was installed has been ...
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Is my device vulnerable to the SwiftKey update bug? (June 2015)

Quoth The Independent: There are usually protections in place that stop hackers from performing what is called a “man in the middle attack”, by encrypting communication with the server, as well as ...
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How to recover data from a screen-bricked phone?

Situation I've got a Samsung Galaxy Fame with a broken touch screen. The owner had it protected with a pattern, and as I am unable to make this pattern with a broken screen, I cannot mount the ...
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Completely disable hardware and software buttons

I want to completely disable the three on-screen buttons (Back, Home, Recents) and any other hardware button. I am aware that I cannot do this from the application since that would be a major security ...
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System has been modified. Pls contact the manufacturer. Thank you. — i don't know what this mean and something's wrong with my phone.

--- I accidentally deleted my android device manager and other folders on my phone that i thought was not useful at all. After, this message on my lock screen appeared. And i can't unlock my phone ...
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How to understand app restrictions set by developers

So I was just looking at are very standard app, - Bank of America and Ally Bank. none of these apps showed up on Google Play Store and in my list of devices they indicated as being incompatible . So I ...
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Malware installed with remote debugging

Is it possible for someone to install apks without you noticing, using remote debugging? (E.g. over TCP/IP, or on the same WiFi network). I found articles referring to this after a quick Google, but ...
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Mysterious Wifi traffic questions - Malware/eavesdropping?

everyone - I'm having some suspicions of malware infection on my phone. I have around 150 Mb unaccounted for by the built-in tracker on Android. Is there a way I could diagnose that? I have scanned my ...
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Traffic logs on android

Very noob question here, but I was wondering if there is a simple way to look at how much traffic I've sent or received on android (not rooted, no specialist apps installed for it). I burned through ...
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Found this amazing app on playstore, but how secure is it?

Today I came across a app on play store called RLWatcher. It is an amazing app which could come in handy in a lot of situations. It lets the user remotely sense movement, sound or even just the ...
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How to break Android OS security and root a phone, manually?

Not only that one click applications don't work on my phone, I want to DIY root my phone. Upon googling for quite some time, I couldn't find any updated guide. I am willing to write one myself, but ...
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How does the smart lock feature on Android define a trusted device?

The smart lock feature on Android allows someone to set a Bluetooth device as "trusted" which makes it easy to unlock. See for example: https://support.google.com/nexus/answer/6093922 I tried to add ...
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Disable long press home button

how can i disable or set password on long press home key button on smart phone. as you know with long press of home button, the running process (like sms, gallery, internet explorer,...) will be shown ...
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what are iss-realsec ,nrpe ,cbt services and are they good?

I am playing with nmap command and for testing using my Lenovo A6000+ phone. When I have scanned its IP with nmap command , its gave me a bit strange result which I am not familiar. Could somebody ...
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Smart Lock not working, is it due to Outlook?

I have a Nexus 6 with Android 5.1, kernel version 3.10.40-geec2459, build number LMY47D. When I first started using the Nexus 6, Smart Lock worked. After a while it stopped working. If I open the ...
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How to reverse a wipe request for a stolen phone

my phone was stolen two days ago and magically found its way back to me today. I activated the wipe function for when the phone is turned on. I'm being told that it hasn't been switched on yet so ...
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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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Granting device admin previlage to email account

I am connecting my gmail app(or any e mail application) to my office e mail using exchange. It asks me to add the mail app as a Device administrator for my phone. So that it can Erase all data,Set ...
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How to encrypt an external SD card natively?

There are several questions regarding the possibility to encrypt an external SD card on Android. None of them are satisfactory. They either point to a third party solution (e.g. BoxCryptor, ...
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Tasker: remove security lock when smartwatch is connected

So I just downloaded Tasker because it would be nice to remove the security code when I'm close to my phone (when my smartwatch is connected). I have no experience with it so I thought you guys could ...
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Can an app run code if you don't open it?

Can an app run code if you don't open it? As part of this question, the topic of an app downloading data without ever being explicitly opened by the user was mentioned briefly. It got me thinking: ...
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Can an Android device's security be circumvented when its screen is being changed?

I had shattered the screen on my device (both touch and display) and it was locked with a password. I took it to a nearby repair shop, and they took a long while to do touch-testing out of my sight ...
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Shred an internal or system partition

There are quite a few apps that lets a user delete the media or data partitions so it won't be recoverable - by re-writing "junk" data over and over again on the free storage space. Still, is there ...
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A Windows PC software is pushing its app onto my android devices. How can I avoid it?

This weekend I installed a popular Windows antivirus in my PC laptop. The installer offered the android app, and I denied it. Nonetheless, a couple hours later all my android devices had the ...
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How to tell what app or process periodically sends SMS messages?

About a week ago I purchased a T-Mobile SIM card and activated it on a $3/mo prepaid program. This program requires you to load your account with $3 per month to keep it alive, and these include 30 ...
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Does retrieving backup from SD card retrieve malware & virus, too?

I think I read in other questions here that you can reset your phone to factory setting to get rid of most bad stuff ordinary people can secretly put on your phone such as spy apps, malware, virus ...
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After Full Disk Encryption, are all subsequent new files automatically encrypted?

I am not talking about the new Lollipop which encrypts everything by default. The older versions, such as Androd 4.2.1/4.2.2 etc. Suppose you went to settings -> security -> encryption, and chose full ...
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Is there a way from where I can keep watch on other mobile screen?

I really would like to know if I can keep a check on other android mobile devices. Scenario is I have Android application Developers team with me and gave them phones and tablets for testing and ...
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How do I prevent unauthorized accession of my data when my phone is connected to the internet ?

I have an Android smartphone and my data connection is always enabled. I often use browsers like Opera Mini and UC Web as they are faster than the inbuilt browser apps. I often use Mobile banking ...
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How can an app decide whether the device is trusted or not?

I downloaded the trustable app from the play store which identifies whether the phone is trusted or not. I run the application and it gave me a score of 4.3 with a suspicious. Is this a genuine ...
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Security: how to prevent USB mounting of mobile device

I am running Android KitKat 4.4.2 on a Samsung Galaxy SIII Neo. As a security measure I would like to prevent my Windows 7 operating system from mounting my Android device whenever I attach a USB ...
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I can't modify Security settings of OS

After a reboot, I cannot configure my normal VPN connection, nor modify some Operating System security settings. What can prevent me from making changes to security settings? Malware?
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alternative to android build in encryption?

I have got a Samsung S3 that forces me to use a 6-charakter password for the phone/SD card encryption. I would like to use a PIN (4-digits) as it was possible in earlier Samsung phones. I am aware of ...
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How to retrieve data from vault android app

I am using vault android app for hiding my secret data. Unfortunately i have moved every things in Internal memory to External SD card. Now I am able to see my secret documents,photos and videos while ...
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“Unauthorized actions have been detected. Restart your phone to undo any unauthorized changes.” notification on Samsung device

I have a new Samsung Galaxy A3 that keeps on giving me a security notice saying Unauthorized actions have been detected. Restart your phone to undo any unauthorized changes. How do I stop ...
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Security implications of remote (Meterpreter) shell to device

An attacker who uses an exploit for e.g. CVE 2012-6636 can use a Metasploit exploit to open a Meterpreter shell in the context of the stock Android browser. But what are the implications of such an ...
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Encrypted phone no longer asks for pattern when turning on?

Nexus 6 running stock 5.0.1 not rooted. It used to ask me for my pattern every time I turned it on from a powered off state. Now it seems to boot fully without asking. Under Settings > Security it ...
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How do I use my Google account when I have a FIDO U2F Key attached?

I have recently attached a FIDO U2F Key to my Google Account to make it more secure. How can I now actually log into my Google Account on Android again? Whenever I try to log in, it says wrong ...
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Protecting phone from the FREAK bug

How can I protect my phone from the FREAK bug? Phone is a Samsung GT-S5830 running Gingerbread.
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android VNC and linux installing

I was thinking of using Linux Deploy to install Ubuntu in Nexus 9 (2014) Device. I Would be using the VNC viewer by "realvncunlimited" and Linux deploy by "meefik". My question is, how secure will the ...
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Photos/Media/Files and Full Network Access

Does anything stop an application with Photos/Media/Files and Other ("full network access" and "run at startup") permissions from simply uploading ALL of your photos and videos to some stupid server ...
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Is it possible to have a higher level of lock-screen security only on boot up?

Many of my apps are protected by an lock app ('Smart Applock' - asking for a pattern unlock before access to gMail, install/uninstall, etc). As most of my apps are thus locked individually, I would ...
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How do I log out from Google Apps without logging out from Android Device Manager?

Say my phone was stolen, and I need to log out from my Google Apps in that phone remotely. I can revoke the access in that phone through my web browser, however I would log out from Android Device ...
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Accidentally i have uninstalled my home launcher

there is no launcher in my phone.i also switched off and switched on . it showed only samsung nothing else.My device was already rooted and i thought by factory data reset it would work but now i ...
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Why is my Nvidia tablet looking for chinese servers(baidu.com)?

I am not sure if this is the right area for the question, or if it is even a big deal, but here i go. When using by Nvidia tablet to develop an app I realized that it was attempting to reach a server ...
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Does Wunderlist store data in the server in encrypted form?

How secure and private is Wunderlist? For example does it only transfer data in encrypted form but stores it unencrypted? I would like to be able to store passwords relating to work on my phone but am ...