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Why is fingerprint lock considered less secure than pattern lock on Nexus 5X?

The weakness is actually in the fingerprints themselves and not the way Nexus 5x implements it. Fingerprints are less secure because they cannot be changed like a password and cannot be revoked if ...
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How does Android know my password contains only numbers?

Your password certainly shouldn't be being stored in plain text, although without reviewing the exact software your phone is running I can't rule the possibility out. More likely, when you set the ...
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Android AccountManager security

We cannot look into the sources of the Google AccountManager: while Android itself is open source, the Google apps are not. But we can make an educated guess: It's not necessary to store passwords on ...
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How can I require my Android (latest version) phone to require BOTH a fingerprint and a password?

You can go trough Android's security using only one at once. For example, if you have both Fingerprint and Pattern activated, only one of them is required to unlock the device. However, with third ...
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2 votes

Can Android Device Manager remotely erase my stolen phone's data AFTER synced gmail account's password has already been changed by me?

1) The phone is still tied to your Google account, it just can't sync any data because the password is incorrect. ADM will still issues the Erase command, and if successful you will receive an email ...
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2 votes

If I enable adbd LAN tcp 5555, does it mean any app or LAN device can connect port 5555 to get a shell permission?

If there is no adb authentication any device on your network can connect and issue shell commands. A workaround could be to limit access to adb on IP level using iptables. That would allow to limit ...
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How does Google know whenever I made a login in Android?

Because since Android 8.0 Oreo, Android supports autofill framework natively, and the input fields are considered as account credentials. Android introduced autofill framework in Android 8.0 Oreo. It ...
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root and stored passwords concerns

In that case, you'd better keep your passwords on plain paper in a heavy metal safe only – and never ever use a desktop OS to maintain/enter them. All desktop OSes known to me have "root access": it's ...
Izzy's user avatar
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Any protected firewall available

Try making them device administrators. I know that AFwall+ can be set as device admistrator. I have not used Netguard except for testing purposes in the last year but I believe it is also possible to ...
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1 vote

Accessibility of router password entering via scanning for blind, old people, and ease of use

No, Gboard doesn't support this feature at the moment, though a quick search on Google Play shows a few third-party keyboards that support scanning bar codes for text input. Being able to install a ...
Dan Hulme's user avatar
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How do I tell whether an app or website has accessed my account password?

To determine if an app has accessed your account, you would need to look at that service. For example, too see if an app is connected to your Google account, while logged into your account in a ...
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1 vote

How to wipe a phone with lost code?

There are two possible ways from here: Hard Reset: This will wipe all data stored on the phone, see this on how to perform a hard reset using hardware buttons. Try something like Dr.Phone software to ...
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Removing an app protected from uninstall by password and with System Owner permissions?

Of course you can uninstall from the safe mode. Disable the authorization in the Device Administrator first. Step for booting in safe mode: From any screen, press and hold the Power key. Touch and ...
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How can I require my Android (latest version) phone to require BOTH a fingerprint and a password?

@Susan If your phone is rooted and has the Xposed framework installed, you can take a look at MasterLock. It's nearly impossible to remove (installs as system app, is device admin, etc). Though, I can'...
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