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Why do so many apps use location permissions on a near-constant basis?

I have an Android 5.1 device with App Permission Manager on, in order to stop apps from using permissions they don't need. Recently, I have noticed that many apps are trying to obtain my location when ...
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What kind of information can an Android app from the Play Store with zero permissions enabled gather about me and my phone?

Find an app in the Google Play store Click on Install App is installed without any permissions granted, except for the default settings (SDK >= 23) Run the app without giving any extra runtime ...
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Prevent other users to get Whatsapp notification

Is there is any way to prevent other users to get notification when I joined Whatsapp? Apparently, I don't want others to announce I'm using it as I'm trying to join it for only selective friends and ...
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What information is available to an application?

What information about the phone is available to an app without extra permissions? E.g., if the app asks for permission to see my contacts, and I agree, it will see all my contacts (obviously). ...
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Is it possible to disable gmail sync completely, without logging out?

Is it possible to completely disable all Gmail synchronization, without actually logging out of the account? The use case is a phone for a senior who does not read email on the phone. For senior ...
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Is there a fully secure way to do speech-to-text?

Is there a secure way to do speech-to-text that ideally uses end-to-end encryption and guarantees my privacy on an android phone? A solution that requires root access is acceptable, as is a solution ...
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How to secure install untrusted app

I need to use of Google Play Store app for my project. This app is prepared by unknown to me Chinese GPS devices' manufacturer and I want to use it to communicate with device. App is published on ...
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App exits on its own if certain permissions are denied. Any way to prevent?

Some jerk apps, if certain permissions are denied to them, exits on its own. This forced the user to grant permission to use, which contradicts with appops' intention. Is there a way to prevent such ...
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does airplane mode stop phone from pinging towers?

with recent riot's in Iran, there is saying that even with the phone in airplane-mode, it's pinging nearby towers, giving away location data and information such as that. this is a really big security ...
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Unknown apps - My Consumer Cellular and Prip

I've purchased MotoG4 Plus (Unlocked) around Summer 2016 at Amazon(India). I've been using the phone since then and have been extremely cautious about the apps I use on my phone. Whilst playing ...
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Captive Portal parameters

There are several captive portal parameters one could apply to an Android device via settings put global – the most famous probably being settings put global captive_portal_detection_enabled 0 to ...
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Prevent apps from getting list of installed apps on phone

How I can prevent apps from knowing which apps I've installed? Is there something in premissions in settings or hack or trick with root access apps?
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Introspecting/monitoring apps to see whether they steal user data

It appears that a number of apps on the market place require a number of 'permissions' such as permission to access the files/photos, text messages, contacts, browser history, etc of the phone, ...
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Can Hike messenger steal our whatsapp data

As per new update of Hike messenger, giving reward upto ₹10000 for making your friend join Hike. To do this Hike asks accessbility permission. And when you refer a friend or a group, all messeges ...
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Turn off search history on Chrome?

If I search for for example "lemon" in the address bar in Chrome on Android, days later if I start typing "L" it will show "lemon" in bold text as a suggestion. I have already gone to the Activity ...
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Someone is sending FB messages that appear to come from my android! HOW?

We recently had a house guest who asked to use my phone. She is sending Facebook messages drom her Android phone that appear to be coming from me! This is causing serious problems! I want to catch her....
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To list apps reading/writing contacts?

I would like to get the better overview of applications reading and writing my phonebook i.e. contacts. TrueCaller incidence shows that I do not have sufficient understanding and full control of the ...
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Why no native support for phone call blocker by Regex +44.* in Oreo?

There are many privacy problems in phone call blockers such as TrueCaller leaking your phonebook (thread Does TrueCalller App leak your phonebook?) in Android phonebook blockers. I really think the ...
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Does TrueCalller App leak your phonebook?

Sometimes, I cannot find new contacts that I add to Truecaller phonebook, but sometimes, I think if it shares/leaks my contacts to public. It shows other people contact details that I never added ...
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How private are separate Android users?

My new job uses Workplace by Facebook, and Workplace Chat is their preferred messaging platform. However, Facebook's apps asks for about every possible permission (see below), which is why I don't use ...
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Does “Draw over other apps” permission allow the app the see the content of the background app?

For example, if I have the messenger bubble open in the foreground and I am browsing through my photos in the background, can the app like messenger see the photos in the background and record this ...
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Privacy in Google Assistant

The other day my phone upgraded from Google Now to Google Assistant. I was having a conversation with a coworker and noticed my phone vibrate. Google Assistant had recorded the conversation and tried ...
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How to use a firewall AND a VPN?

I'm using the only open source firewall for Android: NetGuard and would like to use a VPN in addition. Is this possible? If so: how? Both types of apps typically use virtual VPN tunnels. NetGuard has ...
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How to prevent Google from “synchronizing” my personal data after a factory-reset, adding a new Google account or software updates?

It seems that after a factory-reset, whenever a new Google account is enabled on a device and potentially after some software updates sync will be enabled again even if it was turned off in the ...
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How can I delete synchronized Google data? (contacts, app data etc)

Apparently Google synchronized various data without my explicit permission. I don't want Google (and any parties that will ever have access to their data) to fetch any of my personal data without me ...
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Add contact to “Only Phone”

I can't save contacts to "Only Phone" as long as I'm logged into Xiaomi account. I have to log off to be able to (If not, I'm forced to sync new contacts either with Google account or Xiaomi's). This ...
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How to create a guest account on Android phones?

I want to create a "phantom account" or "guest account" on my smartphone Android to let other people accessing and using my phone without needing to enter the fingerprint pattern, on the one hand, and ...
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tracking WhatsApp visitors visit on your profile

In my humble opinion, it is not possible with the current WhatsApp infrastructure to track down visitors who have been specifically seeing your WhatsApp profile (example looking at a picture, watching ...
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WhatsApp saving contacts with nicknames in a group

for the 99.99% of it - I am pretty sure the answer is No because it'd violate privacy norms - but in my school reunion whatsApp group - I have nicknamed my school mate contacts pretty badly ( gave ...
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Screen privacy : Xposed module for keeping away prying eyes

I was traveling by crowded metro the other day and was engaged in a WhatsApp conversation tying up the exact location of our meeting. I realised that my chat was pretty much visible to others close ...
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Privacy, Malware & Android Permissions

From a privacy perspective is the sheepoll app ok to use? Whilst the owner has reassured us they're not looking to snoop there is a possibility of a nefarious deeds being done so comments? It's for a ...
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Restrict permissons when app is in background

Is there any app, tool, ROM, etc. for Android that lets you restrict selected individual permissions of an app, ONLY when it is in the background? This should function similarly to the "Restrict ...
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Does Gboard remeber what is said?

I was using Gboard to write a message (with the microphone message). I said something rude I don't want it to save or repeat in predictions. Does Gboard save what is said anywhere, and if so how do I ...
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Google maps keeps disabling Privacy Guard on cyangenmod

This is pretty serious Rooted with Cm11. Google maps is on sdcard, play services and play store are on system. I keep seeing google maps privacy guard getting disabled. Once in a while. Is it ...
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Is shielding private data from apps possible by isolating/jailing them?

I want to keep my contacts list, call log, photos etc private. Xprivacy/Xposed looked like a viable path, but as of today (June 2017) it seems to be dead-ended and there is no sign of a Nougat release ...
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Are there benefits to using Greenify with Android Nougat?

Greenify by Oasis Feng (donation package) is a well-regarded tool to manually and automatically freeze apps that are not in use. Typically, Greenify's benefits are to: increase battery duration ...
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How to prevent google to parse my calendar?

I use Android 6.0.1 on a Samsung Galaxy J5. I have my own mail + contacts + calendar server on a dedicated server. I noticed that when I put some entrys in my calendar (smartphone) with an address, ...
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My Android Samsung won't switch on or charge after it got wet

My phone got wet. So I left it in rice and blow dried it with a hair blower. I've left it on charge for a day and it did not switch on or showed that it's charging. I left the battery outside for ...
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What does it mean if a “device administrator” can “change the screen lock”?

If a corporate policy requires a mobile device management app (like Microsoft Intune), what does it mean in Settings-> Security-> Device Administrators when "Change the screen lock" is listed? Is ...
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How can I disable Google's offer to post personal photos for businesses?

The Android Google Maps app observed that I have taken some photos in a toy store. The following day, Google Maps is offering me to post these pictures along with Google's photos for that business. I ...
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How can I most effectivly secure and anonymize my specfic Android device?

I would like to setup my phone to be able to browse/use apps as anonymously as possible. I realize that will require Tor/VPNs, and I am working on getting that information elsewhere. Here I am ...
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Warn or Block Internet Access When No VPN? [duplicate]

I use a paid VPN service (TorGuard) and when I run it on my computer, I am able to configure the client to completely block Internet access if the VPN is disconnected... The Android version of my VPN ...
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How can I delete data from phones that won't start up?

I have 2 broken Android phones that won't power up. An LG G4 (bootloop issue, but bought used, so no warranty), and a Moto G3 that fell in a puddle. Neither will power up, so I can't remove my ...
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Skip “Sign in to Google” when setting up new Android device

I recently got a new Nvidia Shield TV. On the first start, after asked me to set up my language and connect to my wifi, it prompts me to "Sign in to Google." The only options on the screen are "use ...
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cannot take screenshots in a banking app [duplicate]

I have an unlocked Android 6.0.1 device, and I've installed a couple of banking apps. For obvious security and paper trail reasons, I'd like to take some screenshots of my interaction with my bank. ...
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Dangers of ad modules in apps

Nowadays, I see apps containing up to 10 ad modules (maybe even more). While most of them might just be an annoyance, some of them carry a privacy risk, like inMobi ¹ or RevMob ² (for some background, ...
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Can I wipe EVERY records/traces wo/ factory reset on android?

I' currently using LG V20 and an anciant Samsung YP-GP1. I'm aware that IceCream Sandwitch doesn't have it's own built-in encryption unlike modern devices, and want to keep internal records/traces ...
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How to run a firewall and an AdBlocker on a non-rooted phone at the same time?

I have a non-rooted Android phone and would like to use both a Firewall and an Adblocker at the same time. How can I do this? I could only find Firewalls and Adblockers for non-rooted phones that use ...
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Does google have fingerprints?

My phone has a fingerprint scanner. I notice on the Google Play Store, it has the option to verify your identity with a finger print scan instead of typing in the password when making a purchase. Does ...
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How can I use the name “A Google user” in my reviews at Google Play Store?

I have seen many recent reviews (2017) in Google Play Store with the name "A Google user" and I'd like to know how one can do that. I've read some possibilities, but they were written in 2012 and now ...