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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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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What is a root method and how is it achieved?

I'm wondering what exactly happens when you are finding a root method on Android. Is it just poking and prodding? I know it's high privileges, but how can that not be enabled through a regular ...
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Does the use of a smartphone's Secure Element really offer security benefits to a banking app?

My bank's Android application allows users to perform financial transactions without the use of the physical token generator (which requires an ATM card to be inserted and a valid PIN to be provided) ...
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Phone Hacked. How serious is it?

I was in an argument online with a guy and he sent me a fake youtube link. I clicked on it like an idiot and he asked me how my city is (he knows the name) and he knows my cable provider. Does anyone ...
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What are attack vectors for attacking tethering smartphones?

Are there any attack vectors for attacking tethered wireless networks (mobile hotspot), other than for normal wireless networks? Assuming the tethered wirless network uses state-of-the-art encryption+...
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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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Android, how to protect in case of theft

What are some steps to take into account to protect an Android phone in case of theft? Smartphones are everywhere now, before the market was dominated by Blackberry and Windows Mobile. These days ...
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My cellphone is infected, and it keeps coming back

Please bear with me as English is not my native language My Android smartphone downloads apps automatically without any interaction. Generally the apps are known but some are unknown apps. I can only ...
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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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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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Can I get malware on my phone, if my phone is tethered to my laptop downloading torrents?

I used a dongle before getting a phone, but now use my phone as a hotspot. I don't want my phone to get malware or viruses. Can my phone get viruses if I use it as a hotspot while downloading ...
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Listening to phone calls as user profiling for marketing [closed]

I had a landline phone call about xyz with an xyz-expert (also on landline) for about an hour, for the first time. After couple of days I started getting suggested links on websites as an ad exactly ...
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Best way to keep cell day to day phone calls private - is VOIP better?

This question is about preventing eavesdropping by hackers, thieves, or other smart people collecting information for shady purposes. Is it better to buy a smartphone and install a VOIP service on it ...
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Can smartphone spyware work even if there is no data connection?

I am using an Android phone. Is it possible for spyware to transmit data even when I don't have any internet plan/connection? Can it use some other way, say, cellular network etc.? EDIT1: SMS and ...
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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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What security features are important when buying a smartphone?

I'm looking at replacing my very old android smartphone. Information security is increasingly a feature that I'm looking for. As well as being slow, I don't think I can upgrade my current handset to ...
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Money stolen via Android malware Port 4000 remote anything exploit

As background, my business bank account was compromised. The compromise also involved call forwarding of a smartphone. So they got bank credentials and cell phone credentials. I initially suspected ...
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Blackphone - Silentcircle - mobile apps

i have question about blackphone (silent circle). Is there any advantage over other mobile phones if i want to use third party mobile apps? So if I agree with terms of use of some applications, ...
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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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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 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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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, https://squareup.com/help/...
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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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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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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 my bank's two-factor authentication be hacked?

When I attempt to log in to my bank, an SMS code is sent to my phone. I then type this nine-character code into the bank's Web site, to login to my account. Is this vulnerable to attack, without ...
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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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How secure is Android's facial recognition?

Android supports using facial recognition for unlocking your phone. How secure is that mechanism? For instance, if someone has a good quality picture of your face, can they defeat the facial ...
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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 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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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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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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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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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 ...