Security in mobile devices. Issues concerning regular cellphones, smartphones, tablet computers and other portable information devices all fit into this category.

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Best practices for securing an android device

Does anyone have any suggestions on securing an Android device? I'm not particularly interested in enterprise level software - I'm looking to secure my own ZTE Blade phone which has a lot of personal ...
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Does analyst API Flurry break Australian Privacy Act or any other Legal, Regulations, Compliance?

I want introduce Flurry API in my iOS app. But I heard since 2014 Australia start an act to against web page and mobile app to collect user information. My question is simple: Does using of API ...
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Imei and phone number given to unknown sources. What are the risks?

The facts: A friend put his phone number (and possibly the IMEI) for his android device into some kind of hacking PC software that promised to (and actually did) extend his Whatsapp account that was ...
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Caller ID Spoof and Text Spams – How do they work?

(Posted here after a comment/suggestion from: http://superuser.com/questions/254340/caller-id-spoof-and-text-spams-how-do-they-work. Apologies if deemed not appropraite) A lot of people will have at ...
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Is it possible to make a phone call appear to come from another phone, even to the network provider?

Quick Question Is it possible that I could call a mobile number, but have the call forwarded through another number active on a different phone that someone else has? I have had unlimited access to ...
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Best practices for securing an iPhone

As this question on voicemail protection got answers veering more to protecting the mobile phone, I thought I should add a specific question on this topic. There is already a question on protecting ...
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Keyloggers on Smartphones?

I need to clarify my question. I'm wondering if there are any apps for smartphone that can log each 'keystroke' (i.e. key pressed on touchscreen) that a user does. Performing a google search brings up ...
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Why is OAuth 2.0 being used for mobile devices, and not OpenID?

Microsoft Azure Mobile services exclusively uses OAuth 2.0 for authentication, and many other providers mention the use of OAuth 2.0 specifically when referring to mobile devices. Question What ...
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Is there a TOTP variant that does not require the user to type in a code? [closed]

We're considering a 2 factor TOTP solution on a mobile phone. However, it would be much easier for the user to somehow send the OTP to the server by pushing a button, rather than manually typing in a ...
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Why are apps for mobile devices more restrictive than for desktop?

Application devlopement for mobile devices is generally more restrictive, i.e. the apps runs in a sandboxed environment, they have many limitations when accessing the filesystem, etc. compared to ...
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Do normal SMS risks apply to DigiCel mobile banking? What mitigations are likely in place?

In this interview with Bill Gates and Bill Clinton, they discuss their work with Digicel, who I assume is this company, to enable mobile banking with normal KYC protections. This site is full of ...
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What is the preferred way of using AWS (specifically S3) from mobile apps?

Adding the AWS access key and secret key directly in app code is definitely not a good approach, primarily because the app resides on the users device (unlike server side code), and can be reverse ...
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How to detect the “Hello packets” sent by a wifi enabled smartphone

Actually I have a case where I should able to detect the mobile phones and get some data about the device available in my network range without connecting to the network. I have seen somewhere that a ...
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Protecting the remote database against tampering in a mobile app

This is the first time I face a mobile app deployment at big scale. This app needs to connect to a remote server where to store and retrieve data. I discarded connecting directly to the MySQL ...
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QR codes that can't be copied - possible?

I assume this is impossible, but I need to find a barcode (that can contain a url, i.e., a QR style one). It has to be photographed by our smartphone app, but the image will not be changed over a ...
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How the shopkeepers are getting MAC address of wifi enabled smartphones

It is clear that some big mall's are tracking all the wifi enabled mobile phones before they are connected to the network..how can it been done? I have the similar issue.. how to get the MAC address ...
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Is it possible to locate a cellphone's location just by ringing it?

With today's technology, is it possible to locate a cellphone's location just by ringing it, kind of like what we see in movies?
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What would be a valid approach to store private keys?

I'm implementing a mobile app which uses AES encryption algorithm to encrypt some critical values being sent to a remote server (basically, the user password), and then decrypted on the server side ...
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Cellular Mobile Network Vulnerabilities - Is VPN the solution?

Do current mobile cellular networks like 3G offer enough security? The article from Info-Security states that 3G encryption cracked in less than two hours. Could a eavesdropper or ...
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Is OAuth always the right choice (and when isn't it)

So I am reluctant to ask too much of a noob question, as this guy aked about a non-standard approach and got down voted a bunch, but here goes. I am creating a mobile application which needs to ...
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Security evaluation of Vasco's Digipass Mobile SDK for OTP?

Has anybody worked with or integrated the Vasco Digipass Mobile SDK OTP generator into a custom mobile app for iOS devices? I am currently performing a full security evaluation of the solution ...
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How to track a Spoofed SMS on Iphone

A mate pulled a quality prank on me the other day by sending me a SMS via a Spoofed number. He's bought a SMS gateway and can set the message ID/phone number to be 'God' (or whatever he wants(letters ...
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Is mosh now recommended by the security experts? (2014)

Mosh has been around for a while now. Although it's claimed to be "a replacement for SSH" by its authors, mosh does actually depend on ssh to do the initial authentication, after which an instance of ...
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Track lost Android phone, if the thief is using it to access internet

I had a Samsung Galaxy S3, which got stolen recently but didn't have any built-in tracking software. But since the theft my friends often see 'me' on many online mobile chat applications. I conclude ...
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Ensure web service only accessed by authorized applications

Preface My mobile app allows users to create accounts on my service. In addition to being able to log in with external authentication providers, like Facebook, I want to give the user the option to ...
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Contact person by phone, when their phone might have malware

I have a problem setting where I want to contact a user by phone, and where I need to protect the integrity of the phone call as much as possible. I'm wondering about how to design the interaction in ...
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Performance of biometric authentication on cell phones as of 2014?

How well do the various biometric authentication methods currently perform in regards to precision and recall? Can anyone cite a relevant research article?
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What are industry-standard recommended practices to protect user information in an Android app?

I am developing an Android app that will potentially handle sensitive user data, and some of it may be even considered medical data (for example user height, weight, alergies, etc). What would be the ...
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Cell phone voice mail hacking

The news has been filled recently with the allegations that News of the World employees hacked into the voicemail inboxes of celebrities and crime victims. What flaw was exploited to accomplish this, ...
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Spoofing USSD messages

I'm looking into USSD messages for a project I'm currently working upon and hoping someone can shed some light into spoofing. Firstly, I know it should be possible if you have the relevant ...
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Secure data with server and RSA? [duplicate]

the RSA system uses a private key to read the content encrypted with the public key. If I make a game for mobile, and want to save the data : I guess I cannot save the private key on the device. If ...
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PCI Complient Storing Credit Card Data On Offline Tablet

I have a client that does work in rural areas where there are no cellphone or internet connections. They need a way to take credit card information in the field, bring it back to their office where ...
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Tails like OS for Smartphones

In Jacob Applebaum's latest talk at the 30c3 conference, he advised all journalists to use Tails or similar OS for their laptops. Does anyone know of a similar OS or functionality for Smartphones? ...
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How reliable are device IDs provided by PhoneGap on Android and iOS?

I have a web application that allows users to add mobile devices to their accounts (using mobile app). Each device is uniquely referenced by its UUID. Mobile client is developed using PhoneGap, so ...
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Is my SIM card vulnerable to DES cracking?

Srlabs have recently published article stating that many SIM cards can be exploited using vulnerability in DES: [...] While the option exists to use state-of-the-art AES or the somewhat outdated ...
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physical access proof smart card for disk encryption [closed]

Current full disk encryption on mobile devices rely on low entropy passwords like PIN numbers or pattern locks. Being able to use a smartcard with such mobile devices is a tempting idea. I know that ...
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Ingress collects a lot of data - what impact could this have on my privacy or security?

The Augmented Reality game from Google, Ingress, has players travel to specific GPS locations to destroy and rebuild virtual targets, link locations, and team up with other players in order to carry ...
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Is Gmail showing images by default a good idea for privacy?

Google have decided to show images in Gmail messages accessed via the web, iOS and Android by default: Instead of serving images directly from their original external host servers, Gmail will now ...
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How to prevent user's mobile phone position tracked

Trying to follow up this post How to trace a (mobile) phone? , the answers on how to prevent being tracked while you own a mobile phone are: You cant. (even if you use disposable phones etc) 1) Why a ...
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Key-agreement protocol in a REST API

I have a C# REST API which exposes some methods over the HTTP protocol. The API is intended to be used my my Android applocation (Java) which is currently in the makings. Since the app is in an early ...
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Does a simple mobile REST API need HTTPS?

Let's say I have a really simple mobile app with a server API. For example some kind of Q&A app, where users answer questions to win some points ('Who wants to be a Millionaire' kind of game). ...
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Securing REST API for use by mobile apps

I developed a REST API whose clients are mobile apps/websites under my control (API is not open to anyone). Users log into my mobile app/website with their Facebook or g+ login. I'd like to secure ...
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Hardware encryption for mobile data

Assume a requirement for creating a custom application for Android or iOS smartphones, which will send and receive data (documents, e-mails, etc.) to/from a corporate server, perhaps after local ...
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Does a malicious android WebView break the DoubleSubmittCookie countermeasure against CSRF?

Initial situation: A RESTful webservice defends against CSRF attacks by using the double submit cookie approach. This means that the authentication token gets submitted twice and verified at the ...
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Security implications of shared credentials on private APN

It is common for public APNs to use shared credentials - nearly all mobile networks in the UK use the same credentials across all phones (see here for an example). In M2M applications such as ...
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How safe is Money Toolkit?

Money Toolkit is a smartphone app that can alert you to your balances and transactions across multiple accounts. I was reading their site and whether their practises are as secure as they claim to ...
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Google's Mobile Authentication for REST APIs

So I'm trying to create and secure a mobile REST API on an existing server that runs our web app. We're not going to open the API to the public and we will be writing the client app using ...
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Does a working JTAG diagnostics port on Android phone add unnecessary risk?

Not enough people seem to know about JTAG outside the hacker and LEO communities but the short version is that JTAG allows anyone with physical access to your phone to chew their way right into it. ...
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Any risk of email configured for pop/imap access?

If my mobile phone is infected with some malware and the only connection I have to my corporate network is that the email client in the phone is configured for mail (pop/imap), what would be the risk ...
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Securing data on a mobile device (even from the user/owner)?

I am writing an application to generate OTP codes for two factor authentication where I need to securely store data locally. This data must be secure from both the owner/user as well as intruders. I ...