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How to be sure that you are not tracked with anti-theft software or similar when using tab previously owned by someone?

I have seen the amount of pictures and personal data an anti-theft software can dig on person using a stolen phone. How can one make sure that he is not tracked through similar software when using a ...
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Disabling the Google App

A while back, I disabled the Google App (com.google.android.googlequicksearchbox). IIRC, disabling the app caused some problems which I discovered over time. Unfortunately, all my notes on the topic ...
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Opt-out for Google Analytics on Android/Chrome mobile browser

Google has an opt-out for Google Analytics To provide website visitors with the ability to prevent their data from being used by Google Analytics, we have developed the Google Analytics opt out ...
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How does the application Xprivacy give fake private data to applications?

I was wondering how the Xprivacy app worked exactly. Does it do something with native Android code? With Java? Does it put itself between the data and any application that requests them, or only if ...
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is it possible to disable Google remote kill switch?

our company is considering using the Android platform for future developments. Some folks raised concerns over Google ability to remotely delete applications on the device. they are arguing that if ...
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Support for Multiple Users on same device

Is there such a thing as a "current user" on Android and a way to switch it? I'm interested in getting a Motorola Xoom and would like to share it with my wife when at home. For my Windows laptop we ...
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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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Google Play Services alternative

I have a phone without google apps installed. I want to use some apps which are requiring Google Play Services (eg. gett and uber). Is it possible to install some alternative (or mock that ...
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Hiding device name from website

Is there any way to hide my device name from website e.g. whenever I login Facebook it is able to determine the type of browser 'chrome on Android' and also device name. Is there any way to hide this ...
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Is it possible to make a call without having access to the contacts list?

Is it possible to make a call without giving access to the phone's contacts? I.E. say I let a friend use my phone, and lock my contacts such that it requires a pin for access - is there any way to ...
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Why is “wpa_supplicant.conf” file invisible?

My device LG e510 : Android 2.3 had been rooted and then I changed the privileges to view and see some system files, especially for wpa_supplicant.conf, with RootExplorer app. But unlike most people,...
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Prevent multiple recipients of group message to be displayed on other recipients

I once sent a message to multiple recipients and my friend told me he could see the other recipients and that it was a group message. This was a while ago and he was using a BlackBerry (though my ...
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What lurks behind these Gmail/GTalk permissions?

I just stumbled upon some permissions which sound clear at first sight (noticed them already quite a while ago, just decided to dig deeper right now). Thinking about possible implications, I'd really ...
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Can people tell whether I've read their SMSes?

I'm using Google Hangouts on Nexus-5 with 4.4-KitKat. I wonder if people can tell when I read their SMSes? Does my setup do automatic receipt notification without asking me?
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What does “SMS Messaging Account” mean in Hangouts?

I'm using Nexus 5. In my Hangouts settings, I noticed that the setting called "Default SMS Messaging Account" was set to my email address with my full name (And can alternatively be changed to "SMS" ...
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What Android sync'd data is encrypted?

With the release of the firesheep plug-in for firefox it has become trivial for website browsing on open Wi-Fi networks to be hijacked by 3rd party listeners. Android offers the convenient auto-sync ...
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Google Account activation: What should I consider concerning privacy?

In order to be able to use google-play-store, I will need a Google Account, and activate this on my Android device. Does this give Google access to all my private data? Is there anything I can to to ...
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How to secure personal data on a factory reset tablet with broken microUSB port?

I recently sold a Nexus 7 (1st generation 2012 model) online after performing a factory reset. Today, I learned that factory resetting does not completely erase your data. I am very paranoid about ...
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How can I recover a Karbonn Privacy protection password?

I'm using Karbonn Titanium Octane Plus. A few days ago I had a battery problem and my phone died. Afterwards, I charged the battery by taking it out and charging it in a multi-charger. After it was ...
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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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Can App Ops run on 4.4.4?

I have installed and tried several of the "App Ops" starter apps from the Google Play store. When I run any of them, a dialog pops up saying "Unfortunately, Settings has stopped." and my only choice ...
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Does ColorNote send my notes somewhere without my permission?

I use ColorNote quite a bit and I sometimes write personal things. Does ColorNote secretly spy on me, like send those notes somewhere over the Internet without my permission? I don't have any ...
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Purpose of .push_deviceid file

On some Android devices, in the data folder (within user storage), there is a file called .push_deviceid For example, on one Android device, I found it at storage/emulated/0/data/.push_deviceid It ...
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How to protect my files from the Mobile repairers?

I'm using Samsung Galaxy Core GT model. I have some problem in my Mobile. I want to have my Mobile serviced, so I want to protect my photos and other data from the Mobile repairer/technician. I've ...
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Is multi encryption a good way to wipe all traces of personal data before selling the phone?

I am going to sell my phone. It's a Samsung Galaxy S4 i9505 from Germany running Android 5.0.1 "Lollipop". What I have done so far is to encrypt, reset, run camera until memory was full to override ...
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How to sync contacts and calendar with Linux system, without using Gmail?

How can I sync my contacts and calendar with a Linux system? I'd prefer to sync with my desktop, but setting up a server on the internet would also be possible. I want to avoid Google mail for ...
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Is there a list that explains the risks involved with each granted application permission type?

Usually an installed android app will request permissions such as Phone calls read phone state and identity or System tools prevent phone from sleeping But the actual consequences from a ...
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Monitor Outbound Connections

I just got a new LG G4, and connected it to my office wifi. The network IT guy asked what I had running on my phone because it was making a lot of network connection calls. He said he saw 3 in about a ...
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CyanogenMod and Privacy

This question is a follow up to: What information does stock Android send to Google by default, and how do I opt-out? and Disable Location History in Android I did a factory reset and flashed ...
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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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What is Mozilla Location Based Services?

When I installed Firefox on my phone it gave me the option to enable Mozilla Location Services. What does this actually do? Does it help locate things around you, for example stores? Does it increase ...
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Can Google use location information based on Photos landmarks with Location set to off?

I recently updated Google Photos in my Nexus 5 (with Android 5) and I was surprised to see that Photo Assistant has created location-based stories with titles like "A Sunday Morning in X Mountain" (...
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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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Google play store does not show all persmissions at app install

So recently, I was searching for a news app that needs few permissions as possible. I found an app called Flipboard. Google play said I need to allow the following: Identity Photos/Media/Files ...
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Malware installed with remote debugging

Is it possible for someone to install apks without you noticing, using remote debugging? (E.g. over TCP/IP, or on the same WiFi network). I found articles referring to this after a quick Google, but I'...
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Privacy/Security concers for setting up business email using Gmail app on Nexus devices

I need to set up my business email*(non gmail email)* on the mobile devices (Nexus 5 and Nexus7). The business has its own private mail server. The way I can do it is by using Gmail app on these ...
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Is there an Android calendar with limited security permissions?

I've just bought an entry-level Samsung Europa, running version 2.2. I'm technically-minded but new to this OS. I'd like to find a calendar that runs in limited security permissions, so that my ...
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Found this amazing app on playstore, but how secure is it?

Today I came across a app on play store called RLWatcher. It is an amazing app which could come in handy in a lot of situations. It lets the user remotely sense movement, sound or even just the ...
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How can I NOT Save Contacts to Google?

Due to privacy concerns, I'm moving gradually away from Google. I now need to know some options to save my contacts locally like Android used to allow. I'm mostly concerned with new contacts currently ...
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Android default keyboard phoning home to Google?

I installed CyanogenMod 11 on my HTC One (M8) the other day and, so far, have only installed DAVdroid for contact synchronization and Network Log. So, out of curiousity, I let Network Log run when I ...
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After Full Disk Encryption, are all subsequent new files automatically encrypted?

I am not talking about the new Lollipop which encrypts everything by default. The older versions, such as Androd 4.2.1/4.2.2 etc. Suppose you went to settings -> security -> encryption, and chose full ...
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How can I tell if someone has been going through my private data?

After my Xperia Z3's screen was damaged I had to send it to repairs (an independendent repair provider). I was unable to log out of any accounts and while the phone was away, I noticed that my ...
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WiFi network in range, but could not be connected!

In my mobile phone (CyanogenMod 11-M12, Galaxy SIII I9300), in WiFi section my WiFi SSID is shown and under its name is Save, secured with WPA/WPA2. WiFi is ON. If I press SSID, a pop-up ask me to ...
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Why Google still use my localisation when I have disabled all location services?

When I use google.com (usually I work with duckduckgo instead, because of privacy policy) on my Phone (in web browser), it shows me my city and country on the bottom of the page. I have disabled ...
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App Permission and Force stop

Hello everybody :) I would be very grateful if you could answer my questions. 1- If the app has as a permission : Read and send text messages (SMS or MMS). Does it include whatsapp and viber ...
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How to remove an account from Google Hangouts?

I logged in to Google Hangouts using an account (which is NOT the account I use in play store). But now I cannot remove it. I can sign out, but to sign back in, it does not for the password and ...
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How to login only to Google Music and not the other Google services?

I have Google Music All Access and I have an old unused Huawei Honor floating around. I want to set it up as a Google Music playing device for the kitchen. I am wondering now: How do I login only for ...
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What information does Chrome/Android send to Google to discover my “WiFi based” location?

Their commercial geolocation API doc says it needs a list of every WiFi access point around, with, for each of them: MAC address, ESSID signal strength, a few others. Common devices probably ...
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What is the setting in xprivacy to access the microphone?

I use xprivacy to set all permissions on my phone, but I accidently forbid the tuner app to access my microphone. Which setting do I have to enable?
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Using Android without Google account [duplicate]

I don't like the idea that my personal information are gathered and by some company that make profit out of processing and selling it (or even when it has a possibility to do so). And yes, that's the ...