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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 ...
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What is the use case for the Google Wi-Fi Assistant?

The Google Wi-Fi assistant is available on the Pixel and Nexus devices running Android 5.1+, in some countries. The description at Settings->Google->Networking is Wi-Fi assistant: Automatically ...
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How to prevent hard reset through recovery?

Scenario is this , let's say someone stole my phone in public place I have installed anti-theft app and also pattern lock which is complex one. So he don't have access to my information. However he ...
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How to judge a better app

I installed a verity of android apps in my android device. And almost all apps require verity of permissions. Apart from these, these days we’re doing online transactions on android smartphones and ...
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What permissions are granted to an app with device administration privileges?

Does a Device Administrator application have any/all permissions such as contacts, storage, etc.. ? It's not clear from developer.android.com device-admin whether or not these admin rights also imply ...
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Why does Google Play Services does make VNC connections?

today I did had fun with Netstat on my device and saw that Google Play Services are making VNC connections from my device to a Google server. The question here is : why ? Sounds to me like a backdoor ...
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Manage file access for apps (Linux user accounts/groups)

I recently realized that Xprivacy is not capable of restricting the file storage access. So now I'm looking for a reliable way to do that. I guess denying the general storage permission would ...
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Taking the odd photo that is confidential and shouldn't be synced or posted anywhere

I use Google Photos to backup all photos. For my camera app I use OpenCamera. On the occasion I take a picture of something confidential (for work or personal use). What is the easiest/best way to to ...
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How can I recover deleted photos and videos from vault app [closed]

I used vault app to hide some pictures and videos. I just formatted my phone after then I re-installed vault and I am unable to find my pictures and videos. Is there any way to recover my pictures ...
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How do some android apps know from where they have been downloaded?

If you read privacy policy of some online apps, you will find that their services also store information about from where you download their app. I wonder if this is possible because apk is a ...
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Is it possible to put a password to let usb debugging work?

So, I learned that, if we have a broken screen, but had the usb debugging enabled, we could do a lot of things, and even use its apps from a desktop computer, until we can get it properly fixed. But, ...
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Permission system changes with Android 6.0: What are the implications for us users?

With Android 6.0, a bunch of permissions and permission groups have been removed: Groups gone While on a first glance this doesn't seem important (isn't it rather a way to organize permissions?) – ...
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GET_ACCOUNTS Permission, Email Privacy

Any app with the GET_ACCOUNTS permission, may retrieve all registered accounts and email addresses stored in Account Manager. I understand this imposes serious privacy and security issues, as a phone ...
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Are linked contact links ever sent to Google?

Assume I have a friend who is using an anonymous Threema ID. That ID has no phone number and no email address associated with it. That person also has an email address and a phone number, both of ...
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The Android phone app wants to know my location - why?

I'm running CyanogenMod 13.0 without Play Services. I launched the Phone app and wanted to search through the contacts. Then a popup appeared, that: Allow Phone to access this device's location? ...
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Signal app - can senders see when the recipient has read the message?

With the Signal app, can senders see when the recipient has read the message? I notice those two hatches but don't they just mean the message has been sent?
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Is the WiFi-communication during installation harming my privacy?

I want to use Android (6.0 / marshmallow) on my new device (OnePlus 3) and want to set it up as google-free as possible (as example). By default, I am forced to set up a Wi-Fi network when I boot my ...
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How to lock down WhatsApp permissions?

A number of friends are using WhatsApp for communication. So I'm thinking about installing it. However when I read the question about its permissions I'm asking myself if there is a possibility to ...
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Why does Setup Wizard transmit/receive data even long after the Android device has been set up?

Even weeks after Android devices (tested on KitKat) have been set up, Setup Wizard still gets called frequently. Using Xprivacy, it is clear that Setup Wizard frequently connects to Google servers. ...
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Closed circuit app on Android

I'd like to know if there is a way to run an android app on a closed circuit minimalist type of android VM on an android device so that I can have a full control of what the app has access to and when ...
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I see ads on my phone and apps auto install

Usually, I find full screen ads on my Android mobile. Also, apps like task bucks automatically install on my smartphone.
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com.android.launcher3 this shows up on my gmail history, what is it?

I am always signed into my gmail on my phone. Today checking my gmail history on my computer I notices this app pops up allot. What is it and what does it do?? com.android.launcher3
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How to Prevent CM13 Calling by Itself?

I noticed today that my Samsung Galaxy S4 with CM13 (unofficial Kyasu's ROM) called two my contacts itself; those contacts were those which I keep in my blacklist; which was also why I had react to ...
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Hard brick phone exchange and deleting data

I have a Samsung Galaxy Note 4. While it was charging (it was near full charge) it rebooted on its own and continued to charge. It then must have shut itself down because it was off. I could not turn ...
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Synchronize google apps with private server?

Is there a way to synchronize google apps with my own server? Does Google offer something like that? Maybe for business use? Or is there maybe an unofficial way of doing it? I couldn't really find ...
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Question about removing Gapps (Lollipop)

I have some questions about removing Gapps. I have Huawei P8 Lite with Android 5.0.1. I want to put CM or AOSP on it, but it seems that there are no custom ROMs available as of yet. I decided the ...
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How to prevent Internet access in NetGuard, “Allow” checkboxes greyed out

In Android 6, I want to prevent some apps from using the Internet, so I installed NetGuard. Let's say for instance that I want to prevent Sky Map from accessing the Internet. Where should I click? As ...
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Make all new chrome Windows incognito

Is there a way to make all new Google chrome Windows on my Android be in incognito mode? Thank you!
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Are Chinese phones less safe than others? [closed]

I'm on budget and want a fully fledged smartphone. I'm OK with Apple as I know they tend to not share my usage data. But Apple is too expensive. So I need to buy Android and most of the manufacturers ...
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If I have to accept new terms, where I can read them up?

My favorite example for this is whatsapp. Somewhat around May 2014 I got notified that terms had been changed and that I have to accept them and update whatsapp. Since this was just some days after ...
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How to use multiple google accounts, but allow only one to locate my phone in device manager

I am using multiple google accounts, both private and company accounts. I want to see all calendars in my Calendar app. Events in all calendars. Same with Gmail. I want to be logged in and be able to ...
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Which system service apps could I disable to protect my privacy

I have a non-rooted Samsung Galaxy Note 4 with a Google account and would like to know what system, root and service apps I could disable. The purpose of this is, I want to stop or making it difficult ...
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Require fingerprint to answer call?

A friend has a problem with other people answering their phone and thereby intercepting their calls. Is anybody aware of an app, setting, or Android distro that requires a fingerprint swipe to answer ...
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marshmallow and personal security/privacy [duplicate]

I've been reading the news in the US about a court order for Apple to help the FBI bypass the security check present on devices running iOS8+. Since iOS8, Apple has stopped storing encryption keys on ...
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What does stop somebody from flashing a custom recovery and pulling all user data?

For example, I was able to install a Clockworkmod recovery on my Samsung Galaxy Ace 3 phone via Odin and back up all the data in a few clicks. But if I could do it, what would stop somebody else who ...
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does LBE security work on android 4.3?

how do i make LBE work on and android 4.3 stock touchwiz rom? i have tried a few versions but they were in chinese. is there any working English version?
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Options to mitigate espionage/tracking possibilities

Which options exist in (stock/custom) firmware to mitigate smartphone espionage/tracking possibilities? I talk about things like: Disable/use random mac/do not leak ssid on active WLAN probing Warn ...
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Global readable private keys found in storage/emulated/0/data - Possible security risk?

I found following global readable files in /storage/emulated/0/data/IMS: cert.pem private_key.pem I have full access to this files with my file-manager/text-editor, so I think any other app will ...
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Monitor activites of an app and see what it is sending over the internet

Few months ago, I installed an automation app called MacroDroid, but after few days I uninstalled it. Now today, when I was checking apps in /system/app I stumbled upon an app called ...
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privacy protection password

Different Sims were switched back n forth out of my BluStudio5.0 and now after 3 factory data reset, the lock screen remains asking for a privacy protection password. I don't have a computer to flash ...
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Joining a public WiFi made the owner able to send me a Facebook friend request. How?

I walked by a bar with free, unsecured WiFi. My device auto-joined it, and a minute later I had a friend request on Facebook from that very bar. How did they get my Facebook identity just from ...
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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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How to preemptively block a non-contact on whatsapp

I read this QA but it didn't specfically address my question. I also only found how to block a contact or someone that already sent you a message. Say I have blocked numbers on my phone. They are not ...
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What data flows through AirDroid's servers?

When using AirDroid do your text messages and/or data get transmitted through AirDroid's servers or is that data kept locally between your Android device and your computer? My understanding is that ...
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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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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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Malicious Android Apps installed remotely on my device

I recently installed Trend Micro Mobile Security in order to to check my apps if all are safe and secure since I have a rooted Xperia Phone which may be more prone to attacks. I had clean results ...
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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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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?