Engadget Article - "Droid Incredible saves browser screenshots to internal memory"General

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  1. fliptwister

    fliptwister Well-Known Member

    This folder includes screen shots that are used for Internet Browser bookmarks. It also includes screen shots of web pages that I did not choose to bookmark. When I clear cache while in "Internet" in "Manage Applications" it does not remove these jpg files that are not being used for bookmarks. When I clear everything while in Internet app (in settings) it does not remove these jpg files either. It also does not remove them from within the HistoryEraser app. The only way I can remove the jpg files is with Astro or when connected to PC. I have to go through them and erase jpgs that I do not want there.

    There were 72 jpg files in that directory and they go all the way back to when I got phone (on 4/29). I have only added 5 bookmarks myself during that time. They do not take up a lot of space but I just don't want them there.


  2. nashfh

    nashfh Well-Known Member

  3. Haelous

    Haelous Well-Known Member

    Don't use the bookmark widget if this functionality of it bothers you.

    You can just delete them from the internal memory when you plug in the phone and select disk drive. They're under the .bookmark_thumb1 folder.
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  4. 34.50

    34.50 Well-Known Member

    Its not a problem. Engadget is wrong. It stores it on the SD card, which doesnt get formatted during a factory reset, for obvuous reasons.

    Sent from my ADR6300 using Tapatalk

    Sent from my ADR6300 using Tapatalk
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  5. fliptwister

    fliptwister Well-Known Member

  6. Haelous

    Haelous Well-Known Member

    It's not on the SD Card on my phone; it's on the internal memory.
  7. fliptwister

    fliptwister Well-Known Member

  8. paimon.soror

    paimon.soror Well-Known Member

    Yup, according to one of the highest ranked postings

    But if you think about it, this is really no different than what Chrome does with its bookmarks when creating a "new tab". The main difference is that Chrome will delete the cached images after a while.

    edit: Just checked, mine is on the sdcard. I think it may depend on if you have the sdcard in on your first boot. The users that find their data on their internal storage, when you first activated your phone, did you have an sdcard in?
  9. fliptwister

    fliptwister Well-Known Member

    My SD card was not in phone when activated. That is probably the answer. It really is not a big deal to me. I just periodically erase the images. I hope bringing up this issue forces HTC to come up with update so that images not being used by bookmarks will not be created (or will be deleted automatically). Secondly, it would be nice if HistoryEraser would erase images that were not being used by bookmarks.
  10. nashfh

    nashfh Well-Known Member

    Thanks. It was on the internal memory in said folder. Not that it was a major concern, but at least I am able to control and remove if I feel like it.
  11. paimon.soror

    paimon.soror Well-Known Member

    I'm sure that once word spreads on this that history/cache cleaner devs will start integrating the removal of this folder. Maybe drop a suggestion to the dev's email of your favorite cleaner tool.
  12. plim

    plim Well-Known Member

    i had a couple images as well, but after i stopped using the stock browser and switched to dolphin hd, the screenshots stopped. i cleared out the folder and no new entries since yesterday.

    i was tempted to delete the folder and see if an app would complain, but didn't bother, esp since i rarely use the stock brower anymore.

    good catch. i just started using my bank website on it for emergencies and glad to know that those screenshots won't show up anymore =P
  13. ikediggety

    ikediggety Well-Known Member

    total non-issue, as far as i'm concerned. first of all, what sites display sensitive account information on the screen, even once you're logged in? second of all, who bookmarks a sensitive site with their login credentials stored? i'm much less worried about reselling my phone to an identity thief than i am about it being lost or stolen.

    maybe there's legitimate reason to be concerned, but i don't see it.
  14. mrspeedmaster

    mrspeedmaster Well-Known Member

    Let see. Bank Websites. porn sites you visited.

    Lets not brushed this off and sweep it under the rug. HTC or somebody needs to make an app that removes it. Simple as that. There should be a 'checkbox' when you factory reset, it allows you to remove all 'user data' including that on the /emmc/ partition.
  15. mrspeedmaster

    mrspeedmaster Well-Known Member

    That is only IF you have a SD card inserted.

    If you don't have a SD card (I never got my free 2GB card from VZW), it will store on the EMMC partition which doesn't get deleted in a factory reset.

    YOu can reproduce this (even w/ aSD card) by plugging in your Inc to your computer via USB and surf the web at the same time. I do this to charge my phone and the pc will unmount the SD card. Then by default, the browser will bookmark to internal storage.
  16. fliptwister

    fliptwister Well-Known Member

    I deleted the .bookmark_thumb1 folder on my Incredible's internal storage and when I went back into the stock browser app it re-created that folder on the internal storage even though I had a SD card in the phone. I imagine that if you did a factory reset with a SD card in the phone that it would have the .bookmark_thumb1 folder on the SD card. It is not a big enough deal to me to do this though...
  17. nightfishing

    nightfishing Well-Known Member

    I would seriously look at changing banks if they were displaying sensitive information on the screen. Anything more than last four digits is a serious no-no.

    There is also never a reason to bookmark a page (other than the login page) of ANY site that uses personal info (AND I would never bookmark my bank's site on a nonencrypted drive regardless. )

    If you can't remember your banks web address, I would keep the bookmarks someplace safer than in a browser on your phone (or your laptop)
  18. fliptwister

    fliptwister Well-Known Member

    It takes a screen shot regardless of weather you choose to bookmark. I do agree with your point about displaying sensitive information. Most sites do not display the actual password or other sensitive info.
  19. woop

    woop novacane (OFWGKTA) VIP Member

    Bank websites will not display sensitive info on a website. If you go to yours, you can't even get the full account number even if you tried. Can't really comment on the latter:rolleyes:
  20. NoShftShck16

    NoShftShck16 Well-Known Member

    So maybe your porn shots will pop up, HOLY CRAP I'M SO SCREWED...

    No really, attach your phone to your computer, hit show hidden files and delete the stupid folder. How hard is that?

    I like the idea of letting devs know, it would be a cool app to have that once a month it deletes that folder. Or on every sync it deletes it
  21. mrspeedmaster

    mrspeedmaster Well-Known Member

    True but it will show my balances from my accounts. AND that is SOMETHING I want to hide from certain people like the significant other.
  22. Divine_Madcat

    Divine_Madcat Well-Known Member

    That sounds like the makings of an awesome relationship there. Hide my account details from strangers, sure, but the SO? :p
  23. Ovy

    Ovy Well-Known Member

    I don't really care. not like I visit embarassing sites or do any banking on my phone. I'm sure it could be fixed accordingly for anyone who is worried, now that the story has broken out.
  24. Steven58

    Steven58 Reformed PH VIP Member

    Astro deletes it fine. i did edit>select all>delete. It asked me if I was sure, I told it "sure, why not?" and we're all happy.
  25. Tomoko

    Tomoko Well-Known Member

    Interesting. Skyfire stores it's bookmark thumbnails in /sdcard/skyfire/ in some sort of special format does not seem to be opened by the stock images app. Never knew until I looked for the stock browser ones and got curious.

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