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root in Linux (or any Unix-like system) is just the user with User ID 0. The su program (which actually stands for "Switch User", not "Super User") is just a program to start another program with a different user ID than the starting program (by default to uid 0, which is to user root). Android does not use the traditional /etc/passwd, however it still uses ...


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Gmail's official app doesn't store password in your device. Your password is 100% safe if you use this app. This is how it works: The password is used by Google's authentication servers for the first time ONLY. After first successful authentication, an Auth Token is downloaded to device which is stored in accounts.db file as plain text. For all subsequent ...


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Not a dev, but here's my best stab at an explanation as I understand it (assuming I've understood your question). Hopefully I'm not too far off the mark... All the 'rooted' ROMs I have used manage root access user the SuperUser application - i.e. when you start an app that wants to run with SuperUser privileges, the SuperUser application will prompt the ...


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I use LastPass and the Dolphin Browser Add-on on my phone and the desktop app with Chrome and FF extensions on my computer. I really like the way it works on the desktop. With the Dolphin Add on it is very easy to fill in login info, however there is no easy prompt to save the password like there is on the desktop version (and like the Dolphin Browser does ...


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Install Screen Lock Bypass (free) from web interface of Play Store. It'll not reset/remove your PIN, but unlock your device on each reboot. If you want to permanently reset/remove PIN, you'll have to purchase its pro version. In the last, you can always factory reset your device if these apps are not working for you. Factory reset wipes out all custom ...


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Android passwords used with the built-in Email application are stored in plain text inside a SQLite Database. This is in contrast to the Gmail application, which uses Auth Tokens as described in Sachin Sekhar's answer. For Jelly Bean, the database location is: /data/system/users/0/accounts.db The above location varies with the Android version This ...


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If you use the Android web browser to access any sites that you've logged into and that don't use an SSL encrypted page while you're browsing them, then you should be very paranoid. Have a read up about the Firesheep add-on to Firefox, it uses the fact that on an open, unencrypted Wifi connection anyone can listen to anyone else who is connected's network ...


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Install Dual File Manager. This program lets you unzip password protected files.


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I've been using Keepass with Dropbox (just put your Keepass file in a Dropbox folder). It's worked well so far, but I haven't been using it on Android for long.


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Settings - Account and Sync - <your exchange account>' - Account settings - (scroll down) Incoming settings' - password field. On my Samsung Galaxy S - running Froyo 2.2.1


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Try logging into your Google account on your computer and changing the password to something very simple like "123456". Then try it on your phone again. I had a problem once logging into my Nook account on my Droid so I logged into the website and changed my password from the standard complex string of random numbers and characters to a plain string, and ...


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The problem is that wiping data requires to overwrite it. On todays devices with lots of in-device flash memory and large SD-cards this can take a while - up to several hours. This leaves a lot for the attacker to interrupt this process and try again. Therefore wiping triggered by false login attempts is only reasonable if your data is encrypted. Then you ...


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You would have to use your emergency backup codes you should have printed out: Backup Code Page. These are one-time use codes that Google recommends you print for emergencies to access your Google account to unlock your phone. Additional Information for methods of gaining account access.


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Go to Settings -> Accounts and sync -> username@gmail.com, press the Menu button, and click "Sync now"; it will prompt you to enter the credentials.


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The standard Android browser does this for me on most (non-banking type) websites. When I start typing my username into the login box it shows a drop down of names used in that login box before. Selecting one of those fills the password box in too. If you go into the browser and press Menu -> More -> Settings and then scroll down the settings window to the ...


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Apparently I needed to generate an application-specific password for my Android phone. When logged into google on a web browser, go under "Account Settings". Then Select "Authorizing application & sites". Once there create a new application specific password under "Generate new application-specific password". The password will be displayed once. Enter it ...


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You won't need an internet connection. Also, when typing the username/email, make sure you have either @gmail.com or @googlemail.com at the end, depending on what it was when you added the account. If you didn't add anything, the default for android <= 2.3 is @googlemail.com


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The simplest solution would be to remove the lock screen but that leads to a whole new set of problems. I would recommend switching to another type of lock screen such as PIN input or password input. That way the OK button must be pressed in order to submit a password attempt. The most effective solution of course - don't give your smartphone to your kids. ...


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I do not have your phone model on hand to try, but you can give this link a shot. Generally, just go to Settings > Security > check Make passwords visible. This is true for my phone (HTC Desire, BCM 4.0.4). Hope it works for you.


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Each user account has its own lockscreen settings, so the easiest way to do this is to simply use a password lockscreen for each user. In fact, you can use entirely different lockscreen security for one user than you do for another (e.g. one could use a pattern, one a PIN, one a slide lock, etc). To set this up, select a user and unlock the device, then go ...


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I have a HTC Desire running Froyo, and I can go to Settings | Security | Lock phone after and choose the timeout to "Immediately", 3, 5 10 or 15 minutes. Doesn't the Galaxy Tab have this setting?


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Sounds like you are looking for an app which allows you to password-protect other apps. There are many on the Market, but I haven't used them so cannot comment on their reliability.


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Go to Settings -> Location and security -> Credential storage -> Set password to change it.


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If you used full-disk encryption, then your data will be accessible until the device unmounted the encrypted disk (e.g. by rebooting) and discarded the decryption key. If you store your sensitive data in encrypted container, then your data will be accessible until the application closes the container and discarded the decryption key. If you don't use any ...


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Accessing the files in the app's protected storage directory will not be possible without root because you will not have proper permissions to access the directories. If the app saved any data to external storage (SD card, for example) then you can get it, but not knowing the app in question it's hard to say where it would be. Generally speaking it would ...


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There is no way to do this, although you could do it using SMS. You would have to install an app like Cerberus which allows you to send an SMS to wipe your device.


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Those protected apps aren't secure at all. These protects are meant for girlfriends only... :) As you've said Android doesn't allow one app to prevent another app from starting up, there's no way to really protect an app. The password screen can be by-passed by disabling one receiver of protector app. Even its also not required for some poorly written ...


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There are a few apps which let you selectively lock-down particular apps (which would include the Settings app). One such is App Lock.


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It doesn't look like you can do anything natively except disconnect the account you're syncing with every time you're done checking your mail. However, there are a number of app protect apps out there that let you put passwords on particular apps for just such a purpose.



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