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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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Dev/Log's - login attempts and how to read the log?

My first post on here and hopefully a easy fun answer. I'm looking for the location for failed login attempts on the device - I've looked on the device and it seems the logs are located in ...
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How can I erase whole phone securely? [duplicate]

How can I erase my phone completely and securely before selling it for someone else? I have read that secure deletion procedures used on regular hard disks are ineffective on flash drives connected ...
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Disable camera capture button?

I have one app in which i am using barcode scanner, so i can't completely disable the camera. but i don't want camera to capture photos. I want camera in read only mode. Basically i want to ...
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Prevent entering PIN code before lockscreen

I have a Samsung Galaxy Mini. I'd like to know if it is possible to prevent the user from entering the PIN code before unlocking the normal pattern, since it recently happened to me that someone got ...
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connect to specific wifi only

I want my device to be connected to a certain wifi network only. Lets assume WiFi named "xyz": so my device should connect to this particular "xyz" network only. It Should not connect to any other ...
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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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New files in Download directory

I see the following two files in the Download directory: Flash_Player.apk and securedownload.bin. I am sure for 100% (well, for 99%) that I didn't download them intentionally. What are these files, ...
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auto logoff from all apps on android

i want a functionality where i can log off from all the apps on android ie: auto logoff from skype , facebook , yahoo. Is a some app already available for this or some easy way to implement this. I ...
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Double Security for Gmail

My phone has a pattern lock and I want friends to be able to unlock it with the pattern, however, I do not want them to have access to my gmail. Is there a way that I can force gmail to ask for the ...
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Modify 30 second incorrect PIN delay

How can I modify/disable the 30 second delay after trying the incorrect PIN 5 times? Device is a nexus 7 rooted running SmoothRom 4.4
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Galaxy Note 2: Disable MTP/PTP

When I connect my HTC Sensation (firmware: CM 10) to some PC I need to enter a passcode (to unlock the phone) and explicitly allow mounting as usb drive. But when I connect SGN2 it enables MTP or PTP ...
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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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How to prevent google aggressively associating my account to my searches?

i understand they can access my searches when i'm logged in, and of course know the search terms i use, but how can i prevent them to logging searches to my account when: i'm not logged in and in ...
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Browser webview.db doesn't store hotmail password, but I can still auto log-in hotmail. Why?

On my rooted Galaxy Nexus 4.1.1, stock browser doesn't store any password for hotmail, but whenever I open hotmail, it log-in automatically. I checked data/data/com.android.browser/webview.db, the ...
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How can I protect my photos from Apps?

Camera saves them on SD, so everything can just upload them wherever it wants. I heard of apps that claim to protect photos within them but the only thing they did is making them hidden from the user ...
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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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Is my data secure?

My Android phone was recently stolen, so will the thief have access to all my pictures in the thumbnail folder? I have hidden the pictures in an app called Vaulty so will they still be visible in ...
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ActiveSync/Exchange security policy

On my HTC DNA I recently changed from the integrated ActiveSync client to Touchdown. My corporate IT policy required a PIN to access the device when using the Android client. Now that I switched to ...
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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 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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Wipe data on wrong password inputs

I've found several obsolete answers, but this question about situation nowadays: what's the most robust solution to have the device (android v4.2-based) protected? Turn on device encryption (there ...
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SGS3 I-9300 Android 4.2 - why can't I disable these system apps?

nb. I can disable them using 3rd party root apps without any discernible negative effects. Are these networking protocols default? They seem to be harmless but everything I read about sit0 seems ...
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How to mod android rom so none can ever install an app in it?

I already know how to modify an android ROM by modifying files, remove and add it into ROM. But I don't have knowledge to building/compiling a ROM. I want to lock the OS so none can ever install new ...
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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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Possible security issues with having debug mode enabled?

Are there any significant security concerns with having a phone with debug mode enabled 24/7? As I understand it the debug mode only really becomes active once the phone is connected via USB cable to ...
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Unlocked bootloader, encryption

galaxy nexus unlocked bootloader no adb enabled rooted device encryption on with 10+ characters (Cryptfs Password - Google play) PIN screen lock with 6 characters Am I safe if someone wants to ...
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Delete Status bar Icon downloaded from web

I joined way2sms to send free SMS from my laptop. Now I find an app icon downloaded to my status bar in my Samsung Galaxy Y mobile. Also, I get debited for calls not made. I am losing money in this ...
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Does anyone know this icon? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How can I deduce an app from a notification icon? I get strange messages (see link, chinese). It's not related to any mail account I synchronize, nor a SMS message. It ...
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What do the permissions that applications require mean?

When installing an application, the application lists permissions that it needs to perform its functions. I am creating this list of the the system defined permissions and a description of what ...
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In which version of Android was encryption of /data made available?

These docs suggest that it has been available (only) since Android 3.0 Honeycomb. By contrast, conversation on discussion boards suggests it was available in 2.3.4 Gingerbread. So, what is the answer ...
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Can Java be exploited through Android app ads?

It turns out that Java has a security flaw that is currently being exploited to put malware on people's computers. Is there any risk that advertisements in Android apps will have embedded, malicious ...
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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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How do I disable GMail?

Yes, this has been asked before, but neither really addresses my concern, and I don't have reputation enough to add comments to existing questions. I've bought the cheapest Android 4 tablet with ...
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How to protect my Google account credentials on my Android phone?

Currently I use Gmail on my desktop with 2-step verification (by SMS) enabled and I consider it secure. Now I'm buying an Android phone and I'd like to check Gmail on it sometimes, but I don't want to ...
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Is the setting OFF/ON of the security flag different from enabling/disabling of fastboot?

I am following the book XDA Developers Android Hackers Toolkit 2012. In the beginning chapters , it says that : The second-stage bootloader checks to see if the security flag is on (S-ON) or off ...
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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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security implications of unlocking, rooting, cutom recovery, etc [closed]

Just curious. There are lots of posts on the web that talk about the fact that unlocking your bootloader wipes apps and data - presumably to prevent unauthorized access to that info. But in order to ...
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My device is trying to open mSecure app whenever I launch an internet browser

Whenever I launch an internet browser on my droid phone it attempts to launch another app (in my case mSecure). This happens with dolphin and my stock browser so I don't think it's an mSecure ...
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Where do you find the password attempts setting or option in ICS?

I want to either stop this function or at the very least set the number of attempts to a higher number than 3.
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WiFi Hotspot Security?

Is there any way to add extra security to a WiFi hotspot created by an Android phone? I am using a Samsung GT-S5300 with Android 2.3.6, and I am using the WiFi hotspot feature at home since Telkom ...
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I lost my Android smartphone. Play Store tells me that someone has inserted a SIM card. How can I find out the phone number?

I lost my Samsung Galaxy S, which was signed into Google Play. Now, Play Store has identified that someone has inserted another SIM card with a different service provider. Is there anyway I can find ...
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Is it “safe” to provide users with the apk file?

I was wondering, if I have an app that is available on the Play Store, is it "safe" to provide a direct download of the apk file to someone (either signed with the proper keys, or just debug-version)? ...
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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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How to prepare myself & smartphone/tablet in the event it goes missing or is stolen?

I would like to know what measures or steps etc that should be performed, in order to protect & safeguard whatever "data" is on my Android Smartphone or Tablet, and indeed the device itself, in ...
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HTC Wildfire: “Settings” > “security” > “lock phone after” > and select, “immediately” not working

"Settings" > "Security" > "Lock phone after" > and select, "Immediately". The above has been my security lock setting for the past year. It was working fine but as of a week ago it hasn't ...
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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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Prevent unauthorized image flashing

I wonder whether there is a way to prevent someone to use fastboot to flash an Android device. Indeed, while one must be able to turn on USB debug in order to run adb, the bootloader does not offer ...
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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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ICS: external microsd storage card: can i use it with camera and not encrypt?

So, I just bought a microSD card for my Ice Cream Sandwich phone. I put it in, it's recognized. But it appears I must encrypt it before I can use it for the camera's storage, otherwise if it is not ...