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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How effective is iPhone 3GS and 4 device-at-rest encryption?

My primary goal is to protect Activesync-based communication from being copied or stolen from an offline device. In that context how effective is iPhone 3GS and 4 encryption?
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Show another number when calling mobile phone [duplicate]

Nowadays I heard that some cheaters make mobile calls to steal banking & other private information.They show private numbers like 911 to their victims. Is it possible show different number to ...
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Android side channels: what can one app observe about other apps?

What information can a malicious Android app observe about the behavior of other apps running on the same phone? In more detail, suppose app M is malicious and is running in the background. Suppose ...
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How does Activesync security policy affect the usage of the iOS fingerprint scanner?

An Activesync IT administrator has the ability to choose if the phone should require a password, and also how complex it should be. Since the fingerprint scanner appears to replace the traditional ...
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Static analysis of Android applications using Androguard

I am building a project a part of which involves performing static analysis for Android applications. I know of Androguard and its tools that help in analyzing Android apks. But I am stuck and don't ...
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Why do a lot of Android apps (like Linkedin) require many unrelated privileges?

I wanted to install the Linkedin app on my Android phone and I was shocked when it asked for nearly all possible permissions including reading all of my private data and calendar data. Why does any ...
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Are kiosk-style, full screen apps possible on iOS, Android, or Windows phone?

A popular car insurance company in the US has an app that displays "digital car insurance" papers. In the commercials, these apps are opened, and the user gives the unlocked phone to police officers. ...
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Do SPA applications have different security considerations than HTML5 sites?

I'm looking into Single Page Applications that are used for both mobile development (PhoneGap) and regular websites. Since the application can load from a offline copy, can run from ...
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Authentication and removing the ability to replay information from a compromised machine

Consider this scenario. You have a client machine which is compromised, and a "master" machine which monitors that client's status (IsCompromised = {True|False}). The client has an agent which ...
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How hard is it to intercept SMS (two-factor authentication)?

A lot of two-factor authentication mechanisms use SMS to deliver single-use passphrase to the user. So how secure is it? Is it hard to intercept the SMS message containing the passphrase? Do mobile ...
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OFF Pocket or switch off your phone?

OFF Pocket: OFF Pocket is a "privacy accessory for mobile phones to block all signals". To use the OFF Pocket simply place your phone inside the case and close it. Your phone is now OFF. ...
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Can malicious phone software mount a MITM attack on a phone call?

Suppose my smartphone has been compromised and there is malicious software running on it. You can assume that the malicious software has broken out of any sandboxes and is running as root. If I'm on ...
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Security Implications of Private/Corporate APNs

I'm interested in what (if any) the practical security implications of a company making use of a Private APN are as opposed to using a standard network provided APN and VPN connection back to the main ...
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Is it possible to respect a user's privacy while collecting phone MAC addresses?

In London, there are trash bins that track a phone's MAC address and monitor the users movement from one location to another. I want to see if there is any best practice for collecting private ...
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Implementing 'Remember Me' for a mobile application

I am developing a mobile application wherein I need to implement the 'Remember Me' functionality. There are certain pages within the application which require you to login. What I need to do is, if ...
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How can I identify my phone call is being tracked or tapped?

When I read about mobile call tracing, the hackers/security experts track and record mobile phone calls somehow. Is it possible for us to identify that our call is tracked by someone or heard by ...
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Authentication for Mobile Devices

I am looking for ways to Authenticate on a mobile device. The mobile application is connecting to a WCF Service which in turn connects to a Database. Before the application retrieves any information ...
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Avoiding MITM attacks when using HTTPS over mobile

There are a variety of other questions that address elements of this security issue, but none that seem (to a non-expert) to address the substantial core of the issues raised in this article: ...
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How can I securely identify mobile devices on a network without a lot of overhead?

I am thinking there must be some alternative better than passwords, but not so complex and difficult to administer as a full PKI infrastructure with client certificates on every device. My primary ...
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Mobile Device Security [closed]

Are there any other security threats to a mobile device other then a rogue app? I am trying to secure a set of business phones and tablets and while anti-virus applications are possible, I don't see ...
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Intercepting and reading SSL traffic generated by Android

I am trying to use my PC to capture, decrypt and analyse traffic from SSL sessions on my android tablet. So far, I have a ZAP proxy server set up, with a CA generated. On my android device, I have ...
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Touch Screen Password Guessing by Fingerprint Trace

After eating some garlic bread at a friend's who is not security-aware, she managed to quickly determine the PIN code to unlock the screen of my Samsung SIII. She figured this out by simply holding ...
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Security instructions for a mobile banking REST API

I am designing a .NET Web API-based REST API that would be accessed via a mobile banking-like app. We plan to use OAuth 2.0 Resource Owner flow for authorization. All requests will go through HTTPS ...
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Can you protect corporate email on personal phones without the option of wiping all personal data?

Our company recently announced a new IT policy that requires encryption of any personal smartphone used to connect to the corporate Exchange server. As far as I can tell, they're using Exchange ...
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Securing a REST api at the message level

I'd like some feedback on the following authentication idea, does it makes sense, and is there a standard way of doing this (or similar) so I can rely on a well tested implementation. I've seen many ...
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What security settings are likely used in Obama's Blackberry?

It's widely publicised that Obama has a blackberry, but it isn't clear to me what security settings are employed by the NSA or what private businesses can learn from his configuration? What is known, ...
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Can botnets be injected through open wifi to smartphones?

I have read this paper, which is answers part of the question. It answers, 'open wifi will help increase the spread speed and impact' but what I want to know is, can you 'plant' an open wifi access ...
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Track an Android phone through its IMEI

My mobile phone got stolen few days back. I tried all possibilities to track it, the only option is through IMEI. Can I know which SIM card is running on that specific IMEI?
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How to properly delete all data from cell phones?

Lately I've been thinking to get rid of some old smartphones; among them an Android device and a Blackberry. Not selling or recycling them is the ideal solution, however, I still would like to know ...
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How secure are “mobile authenticators” versus traditional key fobs?

Two-factor authentication, password + device, seems to be increasingly mainstream among consumers with products like Activision Blizzard's Battle.NET authenticators. However, I am curious what the ...
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How can I choose a strong password that is easy use on a smartphone?

Typing on a smartphone is tedious. Special characters are the hardest; lowercase letters are generally the easiest. But even a long all-letter passphrase like "correct horse battery staple" is ...
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Can a windows phone be traced without a SIM and battery [closed]

I lost my lumia 800 mobile two days back. If the sim and battery is removed can it be traced with the IMEI number by the cops if I lodge a complain? Or can the location be traced if a new sim is used ...
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Starting point for Mobile Device Security particularly in a MDM setting?

I am looking for some good reference material (books, blogs, names, etc..) regarding Mobile Device Security. I am specifically interested in Corporate Mobile Device Management (MDM) where often ...
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What is preventing us from sniffing the mobile phone communcation?

I'm learning wireless penetration testing. It really is amazing. But it made me wonder, what about mobile phones? They are also means of wireless communication. So, our entire voice must be in the air ...
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Is access to the caller API in mobile phones a real security threat?

From time-to-time I receive "Unknown" caller on my mobile phone. I do not want to answer those calls as I do not trust the identity of a caller. I feel safer if I can see caller name or at least ...
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Android Apps accessing DNS settings?

I have my android device rooted, and only one RootTool app (Which is fairly popular and seems trust worthy to me, and which I use to tweak the phone) with root access. And I remember correctly setting ...
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Do Mobile Device Management solutions provide a mechanism for an internal website to know what kind of device is connecting? [closed]

Is there any mechanism in mobile device management solutions that would allow a web server (for an internal, authenticated system, e.g. SharePoint) to know that a request is coming from a mobile ...
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Mitigating the loss of a mobile phone used for second-factor login

Take the following scenario: John is using GMail for his primary email account and LastPass as his password management system. Both of these accounts are using the Google Authenticator mobile ...
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Security concerns with malicious NFC tags?

I was reading this article from Life Hacker, How to Automate Your Phone for Every Room in the House with NFC Tags. The idea is to place NFC tags around your house, car, etc. so that you phone will ...
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What prevents people getting charged over NFC in crowded places?

I don't have an NFC-enabled device and I couldn't find any information about this in Google. What is it that protects me against an attacker with a portable NFC terminal charging payments by just ...
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Does Verizon Wireless LTE network have intrusion prevention capabilities?

Can someone tell me whether or not Verizon Wireless's LTE network has an IDS/IPS capability? I'm trying to compare the security of their CDMA/LTE network to others that are GSM. EDIT for clarity: I ...
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Distributing API Keys to Mobile Apps

I'm currently developing a mobile app (iOS based initially) that consumes multiple APIs. Currently we're storing API keys as strings in the the prefix header file, and initializing most of the APIs ...
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List of methods in iOS that have been deprecated for security reasons?

Is anybody on the nets keeping track of iOS methods that have been deprecated by Apple for security reasons? I have searched around but with no luck. Going through all the deprecated methods and ...
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Does the Windows Surface RT or Pro (Windows 8) support local encryption of Activesync data?

Our company policy is requires the local encryption of data for all email (in case the device is stolen) Does the Windows Surface (either version) support local encryption? Is the local device ...
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Would introducing client certificates for a mobile app improve security?

I have developed a REST API which has been configured to only operate over HTTPS. The sole purpose of this API (at least for the moment) is to operate as the backend entry point for a mobile ...
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How are mobile telephony networks like LTE and HSPA encrypted?

How are mobile telephony networks like LTE (4G) and HSPA (3G) encrypted? between what parts is the communication encrypted? who has access to the keys? is symmetric or asymmetric encryption used? is ...
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Authorising use of apps from a public store with no back end service

I have a project I'm involved in which needs to distribute a mobile app to a specific audience. Due to regulatory restrictions in the target market, only this audience is allowed to access the data ...
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Protecting cellphones from USB attacks (a.k.a. Juice Jacking)

We have several smartphone with encrypted data on them (BES, iPhone, Android) and want to prevent an unauthorized person from downloading information from the device via USB. The visual assumption ...
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What hardware do I need to monitor mobile traffic?

What kind of hardware would I need to monitor data sent between a mobile handset and a base-station?
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Evernote hacked - precautions?

On March 2, 2013, the digital note taking system Evernote was hacked. Evernote has forced new passwords and have released new updates to Windows, Windows phone and iOS of their client software. ...