A smartphone is a mobile device which combines many of the basic features of personal computing such as email, media playback and web browsing, with the traditional features of a telephone.

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How is the current situation of smartphone's factory reset protection?

I came across this news talking about a bypass on the nexus 6P factory reset protection, which made me wonder what is the current security status for the most known phones out there. For example, is ...
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Is it unsafe to restore backed up data from Google servers?

I have an Android smartphone that I don't trust. It has an old version of Android and has been vulnerable to Stagefright and a host of a hundred other vulnerabilities for months. Although there is no ...
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Any good phones that are ideal for whistleblowers or hackers? [on hold]

I'm looking for a phone that I can use to communicate with a team of hackers or whistleblowers. Would a blackberry be a good option? I preferably want like an android or smartphone.
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Can IMSI catchers detect encrypted communications? [closed]

I would like to know if IMSI catchers can detect encrypted communications in general. Anyone got experience with that? Thanks
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Using stingray against police (idea) [closed]

This is focusing on UK mainly, where police radios are similar to mobile phones. Pretend it's possible to buy Stingray, the IMSI scanner. Pretend Jimmy is a criminal, waiting for a police raid at any ...
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BBM pin to pin security

If a BBM message is intercepted over unsecure Wi-Fi and the PIN of the intended recepient is known. Can it be decrypted easily.
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Cell phone cloning and applications that use internet

I recently watched a show where someone was able to clone a smartphone with the FID, IMEI or other numbers found on a phone. They were able to see the other parties text messages and call logs. My ...
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Are worn-out flash memory blocks not deletable? [migrated]

My phone became very slow so I thought if formatting the internal flash memory completely and doing a block erase/write test could make my phone faster. However, I've heard that flash memories wear ...
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Can a SIM card in a different phone be tracked?

If I have lost my phone, reported it, but I had the SIM, would the SIM be tracked back to me if I got a new phone and used this SIM?
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Does a smartphone without a SIM card transmits/receives/connects data to/from nearest cellular tower? [closed]

Does a smartphone without a SIM card transmits/receives/connects data to/from nearest cellular tower ?
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Are there any potential complications with these secure baseband ideas?

So I have been working on some ideas for securing cell phones from baseband level exploits and I was wondering if there are any potential complications with these solutions such as practicality or ...
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Can malware be transmitted via a USB charger plugged into a wall socket?

I have a smart phone that I often plug into a wall socket for charging via a small adapter that rectifies the AC to DC power and transforms the voltage from line (120V or 240V) to 5 V DC, probably ...
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Can a random person find me if my location services are turned off?

I was recently asked by a friend if it's possible for someone to find someone else's location if they didn't have the location services on, on their phone. I told him I'm not sure but I didn't think ...
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Smartphone motherboard - Does it hold any data?

I recently went for a smartphone repair and got its motherboard replaced. However, it didn't occur to me to ask for the damaged motherboard back. I had confidential credentials and data stored. No ...
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Way to keep Google from knowing the SIM card I am using on Android

We see that the the details of the Telecom operator along with other details are available to Google for the SIM card that we are using on an Android Phone. Is there any way that can be applied or ...
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(Theoretically) intercepting GCHQ's smartphone exploit

In the lastest Snowden interview, it was revealed that GCHQ used an exploit sent via SMS to gain access to smartphones, and that this 'exploit' goes unnoticed to the handset user. I was wondering if ...
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Is it possible to jam just one persons Cellphone but keep all other working?

I know devices that are jamming everyones Cellphones in a radius of X meters but this is only distracting the frequency cellphones work on. This is not very handy. Is it be possible to jam just one ...
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Is it possible for a website, by knowing the public IP only, to detect the exact smartphone device I'm using?

If with the same smartphone device I surf to one website (each time with a different IP, different SIM card and no saved cookies or cache), is it possile to detect that I'm using the same device? If ...
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How to check if your phone got hacked [closed]

Since the Stagefright exploit is very common on many devices I wanted to ask if there is any way to check if someone has used this exploit on a given device. Like check the processes for unknown ...
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Could one fit a root application in sim card

In the third Mr.Robot episode a character inserted a Micro-SD card in a smartphone in order to root it and gain information, so I thought maybe someone could fit a root-kit on a Sim-card. Would that ...
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Is there a backdoor in the hardware of our smartphones?

I don't know for you but I always felt like Android especially is not safe. Is somebody - the government or other - able to listen to my microphone, or access my hard drive remotely ? I'm wondering ...
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Risk of pgp-key to be compromised on smartphone [closed]

What risks to compromise my key, aside from the risk of the phone to be stolen, do I face when I use my private pgp key on a Motorola smartphone with the K-9-app? Can I mimimize the risk by using a ...
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Deal with number changes in a phone number based authentication/login system

Twitter Digits (https://get.fabric.io/digits) provides an authentication/login system based on phone numbers for mobile apps, and several other mobile apps (e.g. Square Cash, ...
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How to prevent location information from any dialing call [closed]

Assume you receive many unknown calls from unknown numbers regularly. You would like to prevent the callers to receive any pieces of information from you. How can you do this? Your number is ...
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Is it possible to perform a MITM attack with a smartphone?

Will be possible to perform a MITM attack using a smartphone? If yes, that is very dangerous. Is it really a danger attack? Shorted : Is possible to perform a useful MITM attack to a victim using a ...
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Eavesdropping phones in offline mode or when switched off

Occasionally there are reports about eavesdropping via phones which are switched off or in offline (or airplane) mode. People put their phones in the fridge or remove the batteries to prevent such ...
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What is a good way to authenticate a user to websites and applications with a smart phone?

What would be a good way to authenticate a user to authenticate to websites and applications over a smart phone? By good, I mean that it is both secure, and user-friendly. Passwords don't seem to be ...
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What is a good way to authenticate a user to a smart phone?

What would be a good way to authenticate a user to a smart phone? By good, I mean that it is both secure, and user-friendly. Passwords don't seem to be the best fit because a password needs to be ...
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Soft tokens - multiple profiles on same smartphone

Some of our clients have started migrating to soft tokens instead of hardware ones for two-factor authentication to their network. We have apps like RSA SecurID and VIP Access on our smartphones. The ...
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Deterring Mobile phone Tethering in the workplace

How do you put in controls to prevent a staff using his/her mobile phone to tether 3G/4G connection and download unauthorized files onto the office PC? Of course minimally there must be an AV in ...
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Can a caller “Hijack” your SIM information?

We have all heard them, rumors about people randomly calling you on your mobile phone number and asking you to confirm something by typing in a specific combination onto your dial pad (the rumor I'm ...
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Cordova/Phonegap: RefreshToken in localstorage

I am (partly) following a tutorial to develop a cordova app, based on angularJS. The author stores the refresh token in local storage, which was said to be very bad practice in one of the comments on ...
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Connection Android - Baseband Processor - SIM Card

I currently examine the hidden components of a smartphone, inspired by the research of Weinmann All your baseband belong to us and Karsten Nohl Rooting Sim Cards. According to Weinmann, the ...
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How can I recover files encrypted by Android ransomware?

My Samsung Galaxy Note II was infected by a virus called the "FBI virus." Fortunately, I've managed to remove the malware but my problem now is that all my files have been encrypted. How can I ...
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Is it possible to have a text message that I didn't send appear on my smart phone making it look as if I did send the text?

I have a client who claims that some text messages "appeared" on her phone that she did not send. I think she may be telling the truth because it seems entirely too coincidental that these messages ...
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Is it possible for a phone to be transmitting even while turned off and the battery removed?

Is it technically or theoretically possible for any part of a mobile phone's circuitry to be still on and transmitting even while turned off and the battery has been removed? If so, how? I am ...
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Phone Applications having SSL/TLS enabled behind the scenes?

Please Note: This question is slightly based on me being a tin foiled hat with the issues that has arisen from the leaks, documents, and questioning trust thanks to Edward Snowden. Thanks to adding ...
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how can I tell if I'm under IMSI cell phone surveillance

I've recently had an encounter with the law, the details of which I won't disclose here since the case is still in court. They took my phone, naturally. I deactivated it as soon as I was released ...
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How do i defeat cell phone spyware? [closed]

I've bought a new phone, where one of its products can be activated by receiving a phone call. If someone uses a spoofed SIM card - with a number I recognize - I'll likely answer the call. Are there ...
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Public Key Authentication

Is there another way to verify someones public key without a CA signing it? A challenge-response authentication including some sort of UID of the smartphone? Smartphone A generates asymmetric key ...
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What makes iOS more secure than other phone OS [closed]

Let's start off with an example. Here in Canada, credit card companies cannot upgrade you credit card limit. You need to make a request, that will then get analyzed and then, depending on your status ...
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Password security on lost or stolen smartphone

I have a number of apps on my smartphone that store the passwords - facebook, mail, etc. So say the phone is lost or stolen and the finder decides he wants my passwords - what can he do to get them, ...
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Why does Android mix phone state with phone identity?

The "Phone State" permission on Android is widely requested by many apps. The explanation often given by the developer is that the app needs it in order to determine when you're on the phone, to stop ...
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airgap a smartphone?

I'm looking to use my smartphone purely as a portable computer, with no network functionality in order to protect my privacy. Is removing the sim cards from it enough to airgap it or do I need to go ...
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Is Telegram secure?

There is a new WhatsApp-killer application called Telegram. They said that it's open source and that it has a more secure encryption. But they store all the messages in their servers and WhatsApp ...
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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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What are the major security concerns for smartphones? [closed]

With sales of smartphone on the ascend and PC sales on the decline, the demand for smartphones will soon outstrip the PC. What will be some of the new major foreseeable security concerns present on ...
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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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Can smartphone spyware work even if there is no data connection?

I am using android phone. Is it possible for spywares to transmit data even when I dont have any internet plan/connection ? Can it use some other way , say , cellular network etc ? EDIT1: SMS and ...
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Phone Privacy for Small Business

I'm a small business operator and I'm looking for ways to provide security and reasonable privacy for my own business communications and communications of customers. All these businesses operate ...