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How can I secure my pictures, videos and other files stored on my phone?

I am looking for a way to protect every sort of data that is saved in my Android phone from being stolen. I have done some research on Google Play, the only app I found with all the features is Folder ...
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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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How can I reset the Play Store content filter pin?

I have forgotten my Google Play Content filter pin and would like to reset it so I can download some apps that are being blocked. Does anyone know how I can reset the pin?
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How to enable certificate revocation check?

I'm using Chrome both on my desktop and my Android. Following this thread (https://www.cloudflarechallenge.com/heartbleed, there is a link inside), I checked my desktop browser and it appears that its ...
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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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I have a smartphone with Android 4.1.1. How am I affected regarding heartbleed? [duplicate]

I heard that servers memory could be leaked when using given version of OpenSSL and running an HTTPS or IMAPS server. But. If I have an Android phone with 4.1.1, they say I'm also affected. But how? ...
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PGP keys on Android

How do I set up a PGP key on my Samsung Android 4.1.1 tablet? No idea what I'm doing so please give step by step simplistic instructions
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How to know if a side-loaded app is safe?

How can we be assured that the APK of an app that we are downloading from a website is safe to install on our Android phone? Is there a way to know that the downloaded file is safe? Is there an app ...
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How does the Heartbleed security vulnerability affect my Android device?

The "Heartbleed" vulnerability in particular versions of OpenSSL is a serious security issue which allows malicious servers or clients to undetectably obtain unauthorized data from the other end of an ...
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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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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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Android 4.1.2 Full Device Encryption

I have a FDE enabled on my Android. However on JellyBean when device restarts I never get a boot password prompt,just regular unlock screen. I remember on 4.0 ICS, after reboot Android would ask me ...
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Seeking alternative to Andoid File Transfer utility

Need usb alternative to Android File Transfer for Mac. Problems: 1. no search capability 2. Cannot report size of files. 3. No route to send problem reports to developer. Reasons for not using ...
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Is Android susceptible to OpenSSL vulnerabilities? [duplicate]

There has been a big vulnerability discovered in OpenSSL today, are android applications affected, and what can we do to get a secure version? What about people with older devices (such as the HTC ...
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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 can I disable or password protect my device's 'factory reset' function?

Is there any way to prevent a factory reset, like password protection? I would basically like to protect my phone from resetting if it gets stolen.
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Auditing application's use of GPS

There is an application on my phone that triggers the GPS at random intervals. The start of this polling doesn't correlate with any newly installed applications so I imagine a recent update or ...
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Certificate Install without mandatory PIN lockscreen

Google Support says: The type of lock that's acceptable may be predetermined by your system administrator. Where I can define what's acceptable? I can regenerate the certificate if needed. So ...
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samsung galaxy s3

My Samsung sign-on screen keeps appearing at various times. It started after updating the phone. I updated it because of a problem with intermittent flashing (mentioned elsewhere on Android ...
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DLNA device is requesting access to media files on your phone

I got home from the airport today and I keep getting this "Grant access" pop-up ... Did my phone get hacked? Did some device in my house get hacked? Or am I just paranoid?
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samsung grand duos 9082 doesn't see that my SD card is encrypted on it and there is no option to decrypt

I encrypted my samsung grand duos 9082 and then my SD card, using the settings for encryption. But then, to unlock screen, I decrypted my handset and I unlocked it by my samsung account. Then, the ...
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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 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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Show which program / task uses the camera (in background)

On my Samsung Galaxy S2 I9100 with CM11, I always hear a very subtle click of the autofocus whenever the camera app is loaded. Since some weeks, I heard that sound randomly, especially after every ...
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Can app access the text in my default memo app?

I use Samsung Galaxy S2 and store some personal data in the default memo. I have updated the phone to the latest version. Can any app just access the data in my memo?
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How do I lock my HTC whenever I want?

I have a HTC Wildfire S and set up the screen lock pattern for it. This triggers after some time but sometimes I want to lock it myself, for example if I leave the office and let my phone on the desk. ...
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K9 mail — susceptible to MITM attacks?

I am using K9 on Android and have set the SSL option to 'SSL (strict)'. My understanding is that with this option K9 definitely requires a valid SSL certificate which is issued by a trusted CA, i.e. ...
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Which android devices have optimized encryption hardware?

I've been using a Nexus 5 for a while and using FS encryption. Apple's iOS Security document states that: Every iOS device has a dedicated AES 256 crypto engine built into the DMA path between ...
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How can I change SELinux from Enforcing to Permissive on Samsung Galaxy Note 3?

My device is Samsung Galaxy Note 3 SM-N9005. This phone comes with SELinux set to Enforcing by default. I have been trying to change this to permissive but to no avail. I built the kernel from ...
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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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Attempts to bring up Settings results in a Crash

My device is a Galaxy Tab 7". I previously rooted it, and installed Avast Mobile Security and Anti Theft on it. I gave it to a friend to use for a while and now, whenever I try to open Settings, it ...
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How to remotely log out all web-based Gmail sessions from my Android phone

Can I remotely sign out all web sessions of Gmail from my Android phone? This question explains how to do this from the Gmail website with a standard web browser. This doesn’t work from my phone ...
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How does Redphone encryption work?

Redphone is known for providing encryption for end-to-end calls. I am eager to know how it protects our privacy from telecom companies. How does it secure our call and text and protect our privacy ...
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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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Android Spy Apps

Is it possible for someone to install a spy app on an Android phone JB os? Do these spy apps really work? Can anyone install this spy app to your mobile phone without your knowledge? If you suspect ...
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Find what app is causing popups, NOT in notification bar

I am getting these popups regularly. They do not appear in the notification center so I can't find out what app is causing them. The only app I can think of that I have installed recently, I have ...
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Manually add UID to a system group

Let's say i create a custom group on Android (We will call it GID 5000) and i want to add users (apps) to this group, how can i manually add the app's UID to GID 5000 ? If possible, without touching ...
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Google Nexus 7: I can't manage my device administrators

Can someone please help me? I've installed the McAfee protection on my tablet and later changed it to Kaspersky. When trying to deactivate McAfee as device administrator it didn't work. Therefore now ...
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Android 4.3 Privacy Protection settings get reset from time to time

I use JB 4.3.1 (Avatarrom). In system settings > security > Privacy protection I can set which apps have access to my contacts. I've set this many times, and I notice that after one or two days ...
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Radius Server On Android

It is possible to compile the FreeRADIUS server for Android? I mean if I can compile it for the ARM architecture to run on Android as a system binary or in a chroot environment? If so can someone ...
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Remote factory reset and changing Google password

In case I ever lose my Nexus 4 phone, I've opened to the Google Settings app, then tapped "Android Device Manager" and from there, I've enabled both "Remotely locate this device" and "Allow remote ...
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SwiftKey gets removed as input method after every update

Every time SwiftKey gets updated it is removed from the list of input methods. I don't remember having this problem before Android 4.4, but in the last few days SwiftKey had some updates and it just ...
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Secure Galaxy Star GT-S5282 using simcard change alert

How can I secure my Samsung Galaxy Star GT-S5282 using the simcard change alert option. In other words, when a simcard is inserted in my phone a notification SMS is sent to other phones.
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My android phone was stolen. How worried should I be with all my google data inside the phone?

Ok, so my samsung galaxy 5 was stolen. I had gmail, calendar, twitter(tweetdeck), facebook, ... all my personal data in it. I didn't have any app installed that could wipe this information from a ...
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Lookout - Which application is trying to access the system with no authorization

Is there any log where I can check which unknown source app is trying to access the phone without authorization? Lookout keeps popping up this message but don't tell me which application is! It ...
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Is this android mobile device credit card payment system secure and safe?

Mobile device credit card payments and credit card readers are appearing everywhere, but then we all know any payment app's security is nought if the android device is rooted. Before I give my credit ...
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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 can I verify the authenticity of an apk file I downloaded?

The latest update of Google Maps is unavailable in my country, so I downloaded a version by googling for "Google Maps 5.4.0 apk". I did in fact find it, but now I wonder how I can tell if this is in ...
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Why do some apps with no internet features require internet access?

A couple of apps I've installed or considered say they require internet access even though they have no obvious internet features. One of the most surprising ones was a simple compass app. Why is ...
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Security options grayed out

I have my mobile phone (Samsung Galaxy S2) running on ICS. Recently I activated Microsoft Exchnage ActiveSync to connect to my corporate email. It disabled all the security options like 'Pattern ...