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Stagefright security issue: what can a regular user do to mitigate the issue without a patch?

There appears to be a giant security vulnerability with Android that seems to basically affect all phones. PC World wrote: The vast majority of Android phones can be hacked by sending them a ...
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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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Why do people tolerate computrace spyware rootkit on their devices [closed]

I have a galaxy s5 on an ee contract in the UK. It was recently updated to lollipop and with that update came the inclusion of 'COMPUTRACE' agent' I have done a lot of research on this and it is a ...
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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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Program for seeing which permissions at what time been used [closed]

My Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom (which is Galaxy S4 but with retractable camera) randomly opens and doesn't close- so it films or snaps something without my permission. Maybe for others also camera is been ...
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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 use network interface as non-root user?

I want to communicate between my Android device and my Linux box over IP through the USB network interface mode. The device I'm using is a OnePlus One running CM12.1 nightly builds. It's rooted and ...
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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 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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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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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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Alarm is working even when the phone is powered off

I just discovered that if I set the alarm clock and then power off the phone (by holding the power button and then selecting "Power Off") the alarm will still go off when the time comes. Is this ...
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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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Used device manager once, now I can't set security to 'none'

Phone is an LG Nexus. I was messing around with security settings and decided to try using a pattern to unlock my phone. No more than 5 minutes later, I completely forget the pattern I set. Did some ...
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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 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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Password on android app uninstalling

Is there any way to set the password on application when the person other than the android phone owner try to uninstall that specific application ?? Basically it is for security application
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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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Can I recall a command to reset a lost phone?

Last night I lost my Nexus 7 coming back from a friend's house. Since it has a lot of confidential work email on one account I logged into the Android Device Manager and - when it didn't show up - set ...
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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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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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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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Laptop Stolen. How do I remove that device? [closed]

My laptop was stolen from my house and I noticed that someone has accessed my Google account. I changed my password but how can I remove that old laptop from my "trusted device" list? I found ...
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How do I avoid the server-specified security policies for my work e-mail?

When I signed into my e-mail for work (we're on Microsoft Exchange) there were a number of server-specified security policies (See below) How do I avoid these?: I just received a Nexus 7 and signed ...
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When you lock down a Lollipop device to disable Chrome's incognito mode, this creates an XML “restrictions file”. What actual XML is inside the file?

Note: If this post is too long to read, please see the summary in the last paragraph. I own an aging Samsung Galaxy S Relay cellphone. It's running Android 4.1.2 and has a built-in physical keyboard. ...
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On the latest version of Android, how can I disable Google Chrome's incognito mode?

Google Chrome for Android includes a feature called incognito mode. This feature, when I activate it, is designed to help prevent Chrome from automatically remembering and storing information about ...
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Is it possible to use “unlock with fingerprint” feature, and be asked for (after boot) giving passphrase and fingerprint on encrypted Galaxy S6

I would like to purchase a Samsung Galaxy S6. One of the main reasons for the choice of device is the (apparently) good fingerprint sensor. I would like to / have to encrypt my phone (my employer ...
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Where does the “privacy protection password” come from?

I wanted to insert a second sim card in my Umi phone. From then onwards, it always asks me for this 'privacy protection password'. I can only insert numbers, not letters... so I'm very puzzled about ...
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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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What is the Logic of programs like “WhatsDog”

So i saw the program "WhatsDog" that shows people's activity on Whatsapp. This point is not interesting of course. But program always works, even if the person is blocked you, disabled the option for ...
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How would you uninstall a rogue Home (Launcher) application?

If you were to install a Home Screen application that does not give you access to the System Settings screen (to go to Manage Applications), and also does not let you launch Apps (such as the Market ...
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If I will not update android, would there be any negative consequences securitywise? [duplicate]

{This is an edit of my previous question in order to clarify the difference between what I'm asking now and what some other bloke asked 4 years ago (How to decide whether a system update should be ...
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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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Android 4.x doesn't require lock screen at home

In Android 4.x, what would I have to do to require a pass code to unlock the phone when I'm away from home, but when I'm at my home, I don't need pass-code restrictions. Detecting proximity to my ...
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Analyze Battery Graph

I forgot my phone at work,like 1 week ago(it was powered off-empty battery).So i want to know if there is way to see if someone enabled it and used it(maybe with a different battery). After a research ...
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How to Show an alert or ring Android phone connected to same wifi

I am not an android developer.In my office there are several peoples who are using wifi in their phone.Company has provided laptops so wifi password cannot be hidden.How i can identify users who are ...
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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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New vulnerabilietes discovered in Galaxy S5 stock keyboard update [closed]

http://arstechnica.com/security/2015/06/new-exploit-turns-samsung-galaxy-phones-into-remote-bugging-devices/ I was thinking about buying this phone along with a extetnion at my provider because the ...
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Preventing browser redirects on Android (and iOS)

There seems to be an issue occurring with mobile browser apps on Android and iPhone being redirected to advertising sites. This is interrupting the browsing experience. The problem: A user visits a ...
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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, ...