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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?
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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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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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What is Google Partner Setup?

What does the Google Partner Setup app that is pre-installed on almost every Android device actually do? Why does it need each of those intrusive permissions, especially the Phone permission? Why ...
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How to avoid leaking private data to apps without rooting my phone?

The majority of apps on the Play Store require access to things like location, contacts, call log, identity, SMS, etc., even when the app functionality clearly doesn't need this information to work. ...
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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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Disable cookies for specific sites in Firefox

Firefox on my PC allows me top disable cookies for specific sites by clicking on the website's icon. When cookies are disabled generally, I can enable them the same way in the menu behind the icon. ...
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Can android collect info about wifi routers even if Google Play Service is disabled?

Androids newer versions have changed the 'GPS' button into a 'Location' button which now offers 3 options for determining your position (recording wifi router information and comparing it to a google ...
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How can I automatically clear my browsing data when I exit Chrome?

I don't like having my searches and web history hanging around forever. Therefore, I wonder: Is it possible to automatically clear browsing data on exit in Google Chrome? If it cannot be done with ...
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How do you encrypt your device running CyanogenMod 12.1?

CyanogenMod 12 and 12.1 'Encrypt phone' setting is broken, and has been for quite a while. Is there any way to encrypt the phone in some other fashion? Can CM be sideloaded onto a phone with an ...
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On Android, how to disable Google Chrome's incognito mode

If you thought that disabling incognito mode was enough to protect your children, you're probably mistaken. Let me explain. Dear readers: Disabling incognito mode may be completely insufficient. ...
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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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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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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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How to retrieve saved password in Google Chrome for Android?

Is there any way I can retrieve stored password specific to any URL in Google Chrome for Android. This is not in any way connected with Google Chrome running in Desktop versions. I'm able to see saved ...
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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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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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How can I hide phone number during incoming call and display only contact name?

I wish to show only contact name during incoming call, for some privacy reasons I wish to hide numbers and display only contact name. I won't usually pick up anonymous calls, is there any option to ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 tek,...
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Can Google+ Friends See Your App Downloads on Play Store, or Just the Ones You Rated?

Can Google+ friends see all your app downloads on Play Store, or just the ones you rated?
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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 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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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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Does Wunderlist store data in the server in encrypted form?

How secure and private is Wunderlist? For example does it only transfer data in encrypted form but stores it unencrypted? I would like to be able to store passwords relating to work on my phone but am ...
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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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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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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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It that possible for the wallpaper cache saved in Android /data folder being hacked? (Not Rooted)

My boyfriend was kidding with me, setting my private photo as wallpaper. I deleted the photo but the wallpaper still remains there... After browsing through some information on the net, I found out ...
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Chrome - How to clear incognito pages from memory/history?

Short: As Chrome reopens the incognito pages/tabs after closing it (the browser, even after ending it in the "Active applications" list), how can one make sure those pages are forgotten by the phone? ...