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If I can access bubble of Messenger like apps from home screen then does it not mean any other app can also access that app? Is Android safe then?

In Android phones, we can access Messenger and many more apps similar to it from home screen ( like bubble-heads, lyrics etc). With this we let one app in your phone access another app, (we can use ...
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How safe are downloadable lock apps?

I've noticed quite a few lock screen apps and some of them do seem to be rather interesting. But, are they really that secure? I've seen some where I can bypass them by using the Recently Opened Apps ...
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Is there any way to backup or transfer AppOps settings?

For those of us who use AppOps, we have hundreds, if not thousands, of settings stored in that app. When transferring to a new device, is there a way to transfer those AppOps settings from one device ...
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What are the security implications of enabling NFC on my Andriod device?

My first NFC-capable Android device (running Lollipop) is on its way. I've been doing some research, and got some info on how NFC events are handled internally, but I'd like some more practical ...
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Combining Ghostery and HTTPS-Everywhere on Android?

On my PC (Windows 8.1) I am happily using Firefox with the Addons Ghostery and HTTPS-Everywhere. I really like this combination so I winder how I can achieve the same things on my Android phone. I ...
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How to delete a specific file in Android so that it can't be recovered?

From my experience a file deleted from a computer filesystem can often be recovered unless it is overwritten with a special program (that's usually called "shredding"). Is an Android-based HTC ...
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New Android Hack/Compromise?

In the past three weeks, I've received calls from numbers I don't recognize and haven't answered them, but these calls leave voicemails over a few minutes. I've listened to a few of the voicemails ...
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How to block some URL`s in Android Louncher App without root?

There is a list of sites, but the user should not be able to go in the running, installed application (Launcher). How to implement this feature on phones without root rights ? For example, I ...
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Does encrypting an Android device add any real security benefit over a key-lock?

Would encrypting my Android device make my data any safer in case of theft? It seems to me that since the encryption key necessarily is identical to the PIN code or password used for the key-lock, ...
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How can I securely store my private key I use for logging into my home PC

I've been told that the SD card is a terrible place to store secure data because any app can read it. How else can my phone store my private key I use to log into my home PC ssh server?
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Protect ADB access via network?

I have several Android devices in a local network. (Android Set Top Boxes from Geniatech, running 4.2 Jelly-Bean) If these boxes have problems or need debugging, I simply connect to them via adb ...
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How do certain apps record everything we type in android?

Certain apps like Type Machine claim to be able to record everything you type. You have to install it and activate it from the device's accessibility settings, then it can somehow record typed text. ...
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A message said someone from Ukraine accessed my phone. What to do? How to see this message again?

While I was using my Samsung Galaxy S3 (Android 4.3), a message suddenly popped up saying that someone accessed (or tried to access; I don't exactly remember) your phone from Kiev, Ukraine (I'm in the ...
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Does smart lock check all active verification methods or only one of them?

I've recently started using smart lock. I've enabled two features: a trusted place and a trusted face. I cannot understand if in this case both of these mechanisms should pass to unlock the device or ...
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What device is listed only as Android on list of devices that accessed my account?

I have an LG Optimus Zone 2. On the list of devices that have accessed my account one shows up as Android, but no other information is given. What type of device is this? Why aren't there any details ...
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Restore lock screen password

I have set a password for my Android device long ago which I have already forgot. I have downloaded an app that enables me to log in using a password. As I understand it, the app overrides the Android ...
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How long can I reasonably expect security updates to be supported? [closed]

In light of the recent "stagefright" MMS vulnerability, I understand that while Google may release fixes to security vulnerabilities, it requires co-operation from the handset manufacturer to deliver ...
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Can I receive security updates without upgrading from KitKat to Lollipop?

I have a Samsung Galaxy Tab S tablet, and it's currently running the stock Android 4.4.2. A friend of mine had her Galaxy S5 upgraded to Lollipop, and i personally don't like the way it looks, ...
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Lollipop: override security policies (specifically lock screen/Exchange/Office 365)

When I used Android 4.4 (KitKat) on my Nexus 5 I could ignore certain security policies such as a requirement to have a PIN code to unlock the lock screen. After upgrading to Lollipop and the move of ...
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Turn off automatic loading of MMS messages [duplicate]

A new exploit is said to exploit MMS loading. For now, there's not much end users can do to protect themselves other than to install a patch as soon as one becomes available for their specific ...
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How does CF-Autoroot work?

What's the theory behind how CF-autoroot is able to root android devices? I'm wondering on what techniques it used to run su? Does it use a custom/patched Linux kernel? Or it is based on local root ...
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My screen lock is set to “PIN”, and I can't change it to “Swipe”. Why not?

I have tried to do the fix as suggested on here however my swipe option states it was disabled by administrator or something like that. Not sure how I even set a PIN in the first place. How do I ...
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Avoid Security for Outlook app in Android for lock screen

I had a concern recently regarding my lock screen privileges. I recently installed Microsoft Outlook App for Android and with the installation they asked me to encrypt my phone with either pin, ...
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Nexus 5 WiFi problems

I believe it's somewhat well-known that the Nexus 5 has had more than a few hiccups with certain wifi networks. However, I'm not sure that the main reasons for wifi connectivity issues is as well ...
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Is there a service that rates app security/permissions?

Is there a service/company/app that vets Android apps and reports on their "trustworthiness"? I recently moved from Blackberry to a Galaxy S2 which does not have an LED indicator light. I searched ...
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How can I find a lost phone or help people return it?

I'm looking for an app like Where's My Droid to help locate a lost device. Ideally I'm hoping there is one that might have two specific features: The ability to display a message to the screen to ...
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Will Security apps work even after flashing new rom?

Assume that I have turned on Android Device manager to locate my phone in case of theft, and I also installed some security apps which can send message when someone tries to change the SIM card. ...
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Samsung keyboard security bug - was patch released?

Last month, a security flaw affecting the bundled (and unremovable) keyboard app used in many Samsung devices (S4, S5, S6) was announced: New exploit turns Samsung Galaxy phones into remote bugging ...
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Stolen phone. If factory reset and used, would it still show under device manager as registered

Lost phone. Google tracking showed it was taken. Tracking ended presumably when battery died. Android manager shows device registered and able to send lock out messages and request phone to ring. ...
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How to disable “security policy restricts use of html email”

I use AirWatch Agent and created an ActiveSync account to connect to my company's exchange server. Now, when I read emails they show up as plain text with the message "security policy restricts use of ...
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how to remove guest creation option while phone is locked

In lollipop, I see the option for creating guest account. During phone is locked with pattern or pin, anybody can just pull down the notification bar and create a guest a account and access my all ...
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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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“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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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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Can't change security settings due to VPN setup

This appears to be a duplicate of this post, but the solution there didn't work for me. Clearing the credential storage wasn't even an option -- it's greyed out. Starting at the beginning -- I ...
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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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Options for Stolen Phone

With an iPhone, you tie your phone to an iCloud account - it happens at the bootloader level. If your phone gets stolen, the thief can't do anything until the previous owner releases the phone from ...
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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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How is my friend bypassing Applock application

I'm using moto x 2nd gen, I recently installed applock to keep some apps private but one of my friend knows a way to bypass the password and even change it, he did the same even with pattern lock. He ...
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Apps install on their own

Every night for the past few days my phone installs a new app that I never saw/wanted/heard of before. It all started with AppCaster (Which I never installed on my phone, it just showed up one morning)...
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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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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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How to securely/permanently delete sensitive information on a Galaxy S5?

My S5's screen died about a week ago and as a result the phone will be getting swapped. It has some pretty sensitive information on it (such as numbers, credit card info, photos, etc.) that I want to ...
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Android Password Recovery + 2 Step Auth. What happens?

I recently enabled two-step auth for my Google account, and I'm happy to say it works fine. However: Application specific passwords, like for Android are temporary, and the guide makes it obvious ...
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Factory reset (including USB storage) prompts for password after I already typed it in

I went into Settings->Privacy->Factory reset and checked "Format USB Storage". Then I pressed the button to continue and it prompted for my PIN (just numbers) as usual. Then it said it was formatting ...
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How can I encrypt my external SD card on Android?

I want to encrypt or password protect on my external sdcdard. Thus whenever I remove my ex SD card it will not allow to show any of its data without password, even if it is inserted in Computer. Is ...
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How to unlock device when I forgot my password?

I've read Recovering from forgotten lock pattern which states that there is an option to disable the lock using my Google account information. However I did not noticed such an option when I entered ...
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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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How do I get rid of “Network may be monitored” in KitKat?

Ever since I've installed my own CA in the key store I'm getting warnings that the network may be monitored. Well, I guess that's a valid warning if I don't trust these certificates, but I really ...