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Application for remote-wiping a lost phone without handing access to my data to a third-party?

Or having to pay a subscription? I have an idea for a hypothetical Android app. Tell me if such a thing already exists. You install a server in a machine you have total control of, and is ...
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Locating stolen phone after factory reset

I assume any reasonable thief will wipe the phone as soon as possible, thus removing any tracking apps and user accounts. I there a method to track the phone any way? A possible method is to use a ...
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Protecting or Limiting my account's power

I have linked a great deal of power to my phone. It is connected to my gmail to such an extent that I am starting to get concerned that if somebody where to steal my phone they could reek havok on my ...
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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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Can traffic be inspected through WiFi? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: If I use free WiFi in a hotspot, can data be easily sniffed? Let's say I am browsing an HTTP accessible web site (i.e. NOT HTTPS) , is the traffic encrypted through the ...
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Accessing the internal phone memory by swapping out the SIM card

Is it possible to access an Android phone's internal memory by switching out the SIM card? My Android phone, with no SD card, has been stolen but access to the phone is locked via the "graphical ...
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Suspicious Permissions And A Safe Repository?

I have found older version of Facebook For Android app here which was hosted on geekfiles.in When i wanted to install 1.8.1 and checked permissions, the following arose my suspicions: Services that ...
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How to prevent data extraction from rooted phone via adb?

I've a question regarding security in a rooted device. Being superuser means that you can access the /data/data directory, and that's a lot of personal data (I think it is almost all the data there ...
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Where can I configure SELinux in Cyanogenmod 10.1.3?

Cyanogenmod released the stable version 10.1.3 yesterday and it apparently includes SELinux enhancements running in permissive mode per default. I thought that you could change the mode in the ...
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Stuck with draconian security restrictions after adding and removing corporate e-mail account

After adding a corporate e-mail account to my phone, my device asked to encrypt itself as well as the attached SD card, and change the lock to password. I immediately removed the account, but the ...
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Mounting and Unmounting of Memory Card just by touch?

I am using a Samsung Galaxy Y mobile phone. In my mobile's settings, I see an option to "Unmount the Memory Card for Safe Removal", so it is possible to unmount the memory card without actually ...
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Screen lock settings won't change on Ice Cream Sandwich with MS Exchange Email

I have a Samsung Galaxy Nexus running Android 4.0.2. I have a corporate email set up to Microsoft Exchange. My sys admin said we use the default mobile policies for Exchange, but he doesn't know the ...
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How to force Gmail/Android to request password every time for google account [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Logout from Gmail on my device I have a Samsung Galaxy Ace running Android 2.3.3. Is it possible to force Gmail or any google related apps to request my password ...
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What is the mobile provisioning website supposed to do?

When I go to Settings → More... → Mobile plan it gives me a message "{mobile operator} has no known provisioning website". Digging into Android source code for WirelessSettings.java I found how URL ...
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How can I quickly remove all of my data from my device and then get it back again?

Soon, I'll have to give my phone (a non-rooted LG Nexus 4) to another person for some time. As the phone contains very sensitive information, I do not want this person to be able to access any of it. ...
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Can the PIN-input be modified to not display the last character?

Since today I have a new Nexus 4, with android 4.2.2. But when I type in my PIN, it always displays the last typed character in the input field. I think that is quite the security risk. On my old ...
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Samsung GS3 (SPH-i710) exchange server repeated security update notification

I just connected my Samsung Galaxy S 3 (SPH-i710) to my exchange email server at work. It synced up and my email and calendars show on my device, however every few minutes I get a notification that ...
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Are there any issues with having multiple phone finding applications?

I like to use Prey and have no complaints about it so far. However, our carrier also offers Mobile Recovery, which does a lot of the same things (GPS locations, etc). Is there any harm in having ...
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Security Audit - how can I tell my Android Distribution is safe

I've just bought a Jiayu G4 and it came with android installed (rooted). My question is - how can I tell that nothing nasty has been installed on the phone? Or best practices to ensure that it's ...
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Is there a Ghostery equivalent for Firefox on Android?

I use Firefox on a smartphone with limited RAM, where Ghostery would be most useful (removing useless content). Plus I don't like being tracked anyways. So is there an equivalent to Ghostery that ...
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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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Is it possible to use Prey on a non-phone device?

This answer to a question asked earlier today reminded me that I had been wanting to check out Prey because I had heard some good things about it. I ended up installing it and creating an account, but ...
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Are IPv6 Privacy Extensions supported and how can they be enabled/disabled?

I just read about a potential privacy issue with IPv6 addresses on phones. While the article mainly talks about Apple devices, Android is mentioned so I wonder: Does Android support IPv6 privacy ...
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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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How do I import a user CA for the Email app properly?

For my own setup I use a personal CA: "Gert van Dijk CA". I'm using this for HTTPS and VPN successfully by importing the CA certificate into the Android keystore. I'm having trouble getting the Email ...
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How CF-Autoroot works?

How CF-autoroot Theoretically is able to root android devices ? I'm wondering on what technics it use to run su ? Do it use a custom/patched Linux kernel ? or it is based on local root exploit ? I ...
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How can I know that my Galaxy's camera and microphone is not being accessed without my knowledge?

A few months back I installed a few apps straight from the internet. One was an ability to run Ruby scripts on my phone, the other was Grooveshark. Both times, an Jellybean 4.2 flagged up a warning ...
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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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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 ...
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How to disable “Forgot Password” on the lockscreen

I have entered a wrong password five times – now if I click on Forgot Password I can enter a Google account with password, then it will unlock the screen. How can I disable or hide that Forgot ...
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Exchange Active Sync email on Galaxy 10.1 disappears.

One of our reps has a Galaxy 10.1 and she has now for the 3rd time in two months complained about her corporate email disappearing, I’ve read a few of the posts here and on other sites and the one ...
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Android detects SIM change – gmail synchronized messages deleted?

After gmail detects SIM change – it asks to renew login to gmail account. This is a very good security action. But does it maybe also clear synchronized messages (that have been downloaded before SIM ...
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IEEE 802.1AE (MACSec) support

Does Android support IEEE802.1AE MACSec ? This protocol enables data confidentiality and integrity over WiFi connections.
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How to put a lock screen with security code on a Arnova 10 G 2?

I have a Arnova 10 G 2 with Android 2.3 which works very well, but it has no unlock screen and no security options. Does anyone know of a way to put some kind of security code on the device, either ...
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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 safe is android compared to other mobile platforms?

Recently I get the impression malware is only present on Android (compared to other mobile platforms) as every IT news magazine reports only on Android malware. (I guess it is also involved with the ...
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Why does every application run as a separate user under Android?

If it's for security reasons, so that one application cannot harm another, why is it not like that in the desktop Linux distros? If desktop operating systems do prefer interaction between ...
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Is there an Android known issues database?

Does anyone know if there is a Known Issues Database for Android, or some tool that one could search for known issues based on the version of some parts of the code such as the kernel.
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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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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 control my phone remotely?

As a new Android user, this question has had me thinking quite a while. Is it possible to create an app or is there an app available that will do the following; Remote access to your device ...
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Is imessageonandroid.com really an iMessages app for Android or is it Scam?

I saw on a website that they have an iMessages app that lets you text iPhone user for free just like it is for an iPhone user texting another iPhone user. Do you use our own number, or do you have ...
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Is there a common GPS cache on Android?

From what I understood about Android securty all applications are separated by different user-accounts and different filesystem locations. BUT: After GPS-test has fixed my location for the first time ...
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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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Locking individual files on micro sd card

I have Galaxy S2 running on android 4.0.3. I have a number of photos, videos, pdf and word files stored on the micro sd card. I am just wondering if there is a way to password protect individual ...
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How to disable screen lock during Android development?

I am developing Android app with my daily phone, I want to turn off screen lock only during development. I can done this manually, but that is too troublesome and sometimes I forgot to enable it ...
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How does Google find devices for Android Device Manager?

I've seen the news story a few weeks ago that Google has finally implemented a feature similar to Apple's Find My iPhone. The weird thing is that Google says that somehow magically all old devices ...
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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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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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Should I be worried about applications with weird looking permissions? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How important is it to review the permissions that an app is using? When I install apps from Android Market (Play Store now) there are some apps that require special ...