Questions tagged [smartphone]

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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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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2-weekly cell phone (android) browsing to columbus . shortest-route . com

Last month I resetted 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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Can someone explain exactly how Facebook hacked and intercepted a text message?

I have an Android phone (Blackberry KEY2). I do not have the Facebook app installed on it. I did log onto Facebook once on it via the Chrome browser to confirm it worked. The other day, I responded ...
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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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Who/what is responsible for Disabling vs. Enabling WiFi Calling on a voLTE-connected iPhone?

This question arises from the fact that the following WiFi-calling lookup: https://e911-reg.tracfone.com/wps/portal/home, implies that a "SIM exchange" or a "WiFi-calling provisioned SIM" can enable "...
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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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How secure is full-disk encryption technology on LineageOS, or Android phones in general?

We're attempting to assess the information security on our mobile devices, and information seems rather varied on the question of encryption. Is the encryption technology employed by Android-based ...
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On a mobile, does using a password instead of a PIN make encryption stronger?

On a mobile, does using a password instead of a PIN make encryption stronger? What key does the phone use for its encryption? Would it use the PIN itself?
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How can I securily use a pre-owned smartphone?

Is there a feasible way to safely use a pre-owned smartphone? For a PC/Laptop I would simply shred the contents of the hard disk drive before creating new partitions. If feeling paranoid, I might ...
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How to secure a smartphone left for repair?

I need to leave my phone at a repair shop. The reparation is not trivial, so I can't expect them to do it under my eyes while I wait. But my phone is all my life. Like for most of us (I guess), I ...
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Hide an app on Android

Is there any way to completely block anyone or anything from detecting an app that is installed on any Android device? Not from physically looking through someone's device but from google or any ...
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Protecting Android debug bridge that is connected to the internet

I have an android device which acts as a brain for my home security that has access to cameras, heat sensors, motion sensors and some appliances. I have enabled android debug bridge on my android ...
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Can a smartphone's PIN or password be brute-forced in an offline attack?

I know of exhaustive offline dictionary and brute-force attacks against any given online account, but can the same method be applied against phones, either Android/iPhones? Or would any such attack be ...
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How does the “Control Frame Attack” bypass the MAC-Randomization on Smartphones?

In this Study regarding MAC-Randomization of different Smartphone Manufactures on page 15 the so called Control Frame Attack is described. I'm not sure whether I understand this correctly. Are they ...
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Why don't smartphone manufactures write the IMEI onto one time writable ROM so that it can't be tampered with? [closed]

The title says it all basically. Even now, why is tampering IMEI possible at all? Shouldn't manufactures be using one time writable memory to embed IMEI into phones? Why don't they?
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Do smartphones have built-in surveillance in certain countries?

I recently was in a third world country which is know as a police state with heavy cyber surveillance. I noticed that brand new smartphones came in a box that had a nice holographic seal showing the ...
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Lock gmail access from a smartphone

A friend has broken his smartphone. It has (at least) three security issues: It is not protected by any PIN, password or fingerprint It automaticaly access gmail (I'm not sure if he just rememberd ...
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Can a smartphone get hacked even when off? [duplicate]

I've read that there are multiple batteries inside a smartphone, so even when you turn it off it can still communicate with other devices. So my question is, could a smartphone get hacked even when ...
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Can a hacker access smartphone data while locked?

Imagine you leave your smartphone in a hotel room for half an hour. Screenlock is on. Latest security updates are installed. How could somebody steal your data from the device given enough ...
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How was Walmart able to pop up an unsolicited “Rate your visit” notification on my phone?

I was in Walmart this afternoon, and later this evening I noticed a strange icon in the upper left of the home screen on my android phone. On examination, I found a notification ostensibly from ...
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Recent Pwn2Own baseband exploit

I've just stumbled upon the Pwn2Own Mobile news from three days ago. During which apparently several flagship mobile phones of several manufacturers have (again) been successfully zero-dayed, among ...
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How can faulty version of an iOS app (such as WhatsApp) expose the whole device to crashes or take-over

There was a lot of recent, prominent news about a security vulnerability in WhatsApp that affects also iOS versions of the app. The volnerability has been described as carrying the risk of an attacker ...
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Does the device you are logging into count as one of the factors for MFA when you are using device biometrics? [duplicate]

Yes it does because I 'have' the physical device I 'am' the owner of the fingerprint But no it doesn't because 1=>2 : If you have my device the fingerprint is now something you can get. Which ...
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Smartphone fingerprint plus iris scanning for login

I have often thought about the fact that when intimate relationship partners live together they eventually tend to sneak over your shoulder and gain access to your password on either your mobile phone ...
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Cheap privacy oriented cell phones [closed]

What are cheap (<200 USD) and privacy oriented cell phones ? I am looking for the phones just for calling and sms messaging. I consider phones with and without operating system, or I can buy one ...
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Using a smartphone off the grid

I am planning to use a smartphone as a media player and maybe to read the occasional ebook or pdf. If I were to turn off all connectivity, e.g., bluetooth, wifi, gps, then remove the sim card and/or ...
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What are the circumstances in which it's not foolhardy to have access to your primary email address through your smartphone?

Most web sites I use allow a password reset through email; a few require two-factor authentication with a phone call or SMS. It would perhaps only be banking or major commerce sites that would require ...
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Smartphone app as a U2F hardware token via Bluetooth?

Quoting from agl's article from Mar 2018: At the time of writing, all Security Keys are based version one of FIDO’s “Client To Authenticator Protocol” (CTAP1). [...T]he core protocol [can be] ...
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Is there a risk in rebooting a smartphone while it's connected to an unknown USB port?

I rebooted my phone while it was connected to the PC and saw a notification about a failed device installation. Looked up the text and the code, and it turns out my phone exposes a certain way to ...