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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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Comparing smartphones' to PC security

Comparing common smartphones running updated versions of Android or iOS to common desktop/laptops running updated versions of Windows or Linux: Are smartphones inherently less secure? I get the ...
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How to realistically de-google an Android smartphone?

Smartphones have the options to selectively disable tracking in the settings menu. By visiting this menu, you can manually disable each application from having permission to access your private data ...
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Android- ads in applications are in local language even when using proxy

I have noticed some weird behavior on my smartphone that I can't explain myself. I'm using Orbot application as proxy to route all of the phone's internet traffic through the Tor network. When I ...
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Can two antivirus softwares work on one android phone?

Scenario: You have one antivirus installed on your phone. You suspect that your phone might have malware on it so you do a system scan and your AV doesn't find anything. So you decide to download ...
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Does Re-Encryption make our data more secure?

We are focusing on mobile phone and hard drive encryptions. This idea can be extended to any data encryption also. iPhone and recent Androids are all encrypted. We know that changing the password will ...
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What is the impact of someone accidentally getting my IMEI number from my Android phone? [duplicate]

I have a concern regarding how risky it is if someone knows or has the copy of my 2 IMEI numbers. As we all know, on Android phones, the IMEI are at the back cover of the phone like a sticker. So, my ...
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How seriously should we take this commentary from John McAfee? If it's serious, what do we do? [closed]

This question refers to this YouTube video of John McAfee Because videos can disappear, I've provided a screenshot and transcript (transcribed by me, so please forgive errors) What John is saying ...
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Scanning for malicious hardware on display replacement for a smartphone

I recently bought a replacement display for my smartphone on ebay from a national supplier. I later realized that it does not have the Huawei logo printed on it, but it is working fine. There were ...
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Is there a thing as a small bag which BOTH blocks signals AND sound for securing a mobile phone on the go? [closed]

I've been hunting for this for a long time. I've been able to find "Faraday" bags that (allegedly) block signals to/from the surveillance unit (phone), but they never mention anything about ...
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Will Google Authenticator stop a sim-swap attack from compromising my Coinbase?

If I use Google Authenticator for Coinbase, and someone sim-swaps my phone number and gains full access to my email account, can they drain my Coinbase account? They would be in control of my email, ...
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Is it possible for someone to spy on an Android phone without using spying apps?

Can a “bad guy” spy on an android phone without installing spy apps (those apps that require payment)? By “spying”, I mean using key logger, screenshots, read messages and so on. Is it possible to spy ...
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Why don't researchers care about iOS malware? [closed]

I see Android malware being mentioned when reading peer reviewed papers about malware detection for smartphones, but iOS is never mentioned. Even Malwarebytes says: Historically, iOS has never been ...
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Android System Update Spyware Can Steal Your Photos, Money, Record Calls and Track You Too. What to do if this happens? [closed]

I came across this website and suddenly I got worried. What worries me is apart from the system update threat mentioned I have been visiting so many sites, clicked on pop-ups, downloaded apps from ...
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2FA: Why do I need to keep my backup codes for each platform on paper?

I'm looking into setting up 2-factor authentication for my registered accounts. However, when setting up 2FA, for example Reddit, you need to write down backup codes in order to regain access to your ...
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Reccomended way to securely erase SSD storage of a smartphone? [duplicate]

As far as what I understand there are different approaches and I have a few doubts regarding each of them: On the one hand, it seems that factory reset does not securely erase itself data from SSD ...
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Smart Tablet Device Vulnerabilities

My son and I have a cybersecurity concern. Somebody somehow compromised his tablet, accessed his files, and emailed them to him from something like guerrilla mail but we cannot figure out how. Our ...
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Are there any risks involved with plugging smartphones into Windows 7-10 computer's USB ports?

When you plug a smartphone into a USB port on a Windows 7-10 computer, often a small message box pops up on the Windows device indicating that drivers are being installed. This happens automatically ...
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Can android spyware access photos of my phone

I have installed some mod apks on my phone few days ago and i am feared that if they contain any type of spyware then can they access photos of my phone?
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Do android spyware apps comes attached with games or mod apk files?

I have installed several mod apps of Netflix, amazon prime, games apk from google in android v10. Can spyware be installed through these apk. these apps have not taken much permissions from me they ...
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Should I occasionally replace my SIM card for security reasons?

To be able to use mobile data (e.g. 4G/ LTE) and mobile telephony (e.g. VoLTE) services on my smartphone, I need to put a SIM card into my smartphone (I know embedded-SIM/ eSIM exists but let's ignore ...
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Secure way to hold private keys in the Android app

What would be the most appropriate way to store private keys for barcode signing in the Android app? Probably most experts here would say - just don't do it, cause it's insecure... But I would like to ...
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Can an android phone that is flashed to a trusted safe rom still be malicious?

I'm in the market for a new phone. The cheapest ones with decent specs are from China. Unfortunately I've read articles of phones sending data back to China for spying purposes. The phone I am looking ...
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'Removing' telecom provider from my phone

Baseband Processors have very weak overall security(closed-source firmware, no audits etc.) It also gives the telecom operator very high privileges on a mobile device. So, now I use 2 phones. First ...
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Can someone impersonate you on WhatsApp?

Well I'm not a developer so I'm here to resolve a specific question. I have been investigating this subject for a while now and I need and opinion from experts or developers which really understand ...
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Security and privacy concerns about "IMEI check" websites

I know there are few questions about the risk of IMEI with various answers from rare risk to none. But my question is regarding the kind of websites that provide IMEI check services for free with some ...
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Android phone's lockscreen PIN disappeared?

I own a ZTE Axon 7 (model 2017G) that I purchased secondhand from a reputable vendor in Germany ca. 3 years ago. The phone has been working well, and I updated the OS to Android 8.0. manually earlier ...
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Bi-monthly Android traffic to a URL getting blocked

Last month, I reset my cell phone, also immediately installed Malwarebytes and Avast. Every scan until now was/is safe. But I also have a virus scanner which is included in my ISP safety package (...
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Can your phone get hacked just through your phone number? [closed]

If someone has got your phone number can they hack into your phone using just the phone number? Perhaps by sending an SMS?
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Signal: contact people, or have people contact me, without revealing phone number?

Is it possible to use Signal without revealing my phone number to others? I'm personally using the Signal app on Android, but of course it applies to all versions, desktop and mobile. With Telegram ...
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What additional privacy impact does using the COVIDsafe app have for people in Australia who are using their phones normally?

I've been trying to encourage some people I know to install and use the COVIDsafe app. Some people have raised privacy concerns as a reason to not install the app (there's other concerns, such as it ...
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how to protect smartphone data against theft?

i assume typical android has fully encrypted disk with a key stored in a header. header is encrypted using pin / pattern / fingerprint or not encrypted when there is no lock. is that correct? when ...
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Does the saying "physical access = game over" apply to smartphones, too?

I was surprised to read in the responses to this popular question that it's considered nigh impossible to secure a computer system if intruders have physical access. Does this apply to smartphones ...
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How can you spoof your caller ID? [duplicate]

How can I spoof my caller ID to make it look like someone else is calling for pen testing purposes. Note: I tagged Python because I am trying to make it with Python.
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Why computers accept biometrics as first authentication but not phones

After powering on laptops and desktop computers, you are allowed to use biometrics for login. But, as far as I know, biometrics are not allowed for unlocking phones after powering them on. You are ...
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How can I make sure my master password is as strong as possible?

How can I make sure my master password is as strong as possible? The password manager I'm using is Bit Warden. Is creating a passphrase a good idea? I know it's good to include characters, numbers ...
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Can cellphone packets be read by someone who only has your phone number?

I got an IM from a person I recently got acquainted with this year. In the text message, he asked me if I knew the name of the website you download free ebooks from (libgen.is) I found it really weird ...
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Android 10 downloaded suspicious files without my permission

This is my first question on this forum so please let me know if I need to clarify anything. My Android 10 Pixel 2 just downloaded 2 files without my permission today, both named something to the ...
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Are the locations text messages are sent from logged?

When you send a text message from a phone with a sim card, is there a log which records your location at the moment, or any other information? is it linked to the phone? to the sim card? to both?
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Is Android encryption secure? [duplicate]

As far as I know Android (Pie) is encrypted by default with some hardware-based password. But how secure is this encryption? I am not talking about password compromise, but if somebody gets my phone,...
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It's possible to make an account in mainstream social media without giving them my phone number or have a phone number that can identify you?

I'm learning about privacy and security and one of the tips everyone always talk about is compartmentalization, I'm trying to do this and get rid of my old profiles in social media (one of them have ...
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How could a mobile banking app be hacked?

My phone got stolen, and sent back to where it was stolen a day after. At the moment of stealing, the phone was locked. When I received it back, there was no money left in my bank account. The ...
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Can a stolen Android phone with USB debugging enabled have screen lock bypassed?

My Android (8.0) phone was pickpocketed from me yesterday. It was immediately turned off by the thief and when I tried to locate it using Find My Device it shows as offline. As a programmer and a ...
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How are calls or SMS used to exploit a smartphone?

How could a phone number be used as a means to gain access to a smartphone? I am reading claims that you could receive a call or SMS on your phone and an attacker can install their malware that way. ...
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Is there any way to alter a caller's voice just enough to make voice recognition impossible?

I did search and found this post: Is it possible to identify mobile phone user with voice recognition It does not answer my question, however. Is there any way to alter a person's voice just enough ...
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Blocking people from taking pictures of me with smartphone

This question might be better suited for Skeptics, but I guess that those who can really answer this might hang around here. In the second episode of the fourth season of the french spy series The ...
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Can an app access location services when I turn off location services?

An app I'm using requires me to grant it the permission to track my location, which I grant. But, if I manually toggle off the device's location service (for example in the settings or the drop down ...
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Is a cryptographically signing camera possible?

What kind of digital / cryptographic signing would make it possible to create a camera that cryptographically signs the photos it takes so that the images can be verified to have been taken with that ...
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How to securely dispose of a smartphone?

How to dispose of a smartphone (it's an iPhone 5) at home? I was reading through this SE site questions and found this one which hardly applies here. Besides, I'd want to do it so that: It's not ...
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Making transactions only, or almost only, by QR codes

I have a OnePlus 6 smartphone and I recently opened a bank account in a bank which seems to me very innovative in the context going payment card (debit/credit) free (using only application and/or cash)...
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Hacked iCloud account: how can I protect my iPhone security?

My iCloud account has been hacked. I access links sent by hackers that compromise my iCloud account. The hackers don't have physically access to my phone, the compromised links are sent by them ...
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