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Discussion in 'Android Help' started by Britt4114, Mar 11, 2021.

  1. Britt4114

    Britt4114 Lurker
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    Hello- I've been noticing some strange activity on a few of my bug reports that was not initiated by me. I am curious to know if anyone can tell me what it is and if physical access to the device is necessary or if it can be done remotely. Any insight is greatly appreciated.
     

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  2. ocnbrze

    ocnbrze DON'T PANIC!!!!!!!!!

    nothing seems out of the ordinary. and i'm not sure what you mean by "physical access"? are you asking if somebody hacked your device? what device do you have? and why are you looking at bug reports? is something wrong with your device?
     
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  3. Britt4114

    Britt4114 Lurker
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    Yes, I mean literal physical access to the device. As I someone whom I've been in contact with and had access to my phone briefly. Or could someone be manipulating 100% remotely? It's a galaxy s21. Nothing is wrong with it, i just noticed some strange glitching and pulled a report.
     
  4. Britt4114

    Britt4114 Lurker
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    I've not ever switched the device owner. Is that normal?
     
  5. ocnbrze

    ocnbrze DON'T PANIC!!!!!!!!!

    if someone was to hack your phone to install something malicious, they would need to root your phone. rooting is not as easy as it used to be. you would need access to the phone, access to a computer, and have all the proper files needed to use adb and fastboot commands......so it is possible.

    and the same goes for remote access to a phone. you will need to manipulate system files which requires root permissions.

    when in doubt, change your google acct info (change password) and setup 2 step verification (actually do this on any accounts where applicable) and then factory reset your phone. or better yet flash a firmware update. this should delete anything malicious on your phone.
     
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  6. Dannydet

    Dannydet Extreme Android User

    I concur!
     
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  7. svim

    svim Extreme Android User

    Why didn't you set up a lock screen/fingerprint lock for your phone? Giving your unlocked phone to others in an unsupervised setting is a very,very bad idea. At least when your phone is locked that prevents others from accessing your user account.
     
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  8. Britt4114

    Britt4114 Lurker
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    It is locked, but am under the impression someone close to me has seen me unlock and knows the pattern.
     
  9. ocnbrze

    ocnbrze DON'T PANIC!!!!!!!!!

    well then why not change the lock pattern?
     
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  10. svim

    svim Extreme Android User

    As @ocnbrze suggested, just change the lock pattern. Or choose a different lock method -- password, fingerprint, facial, etc. If you're not going to take pro-active steps to secure your mobile device, that leaves it very vulnerable to intrusion. Take the time to secure it properly, that functionality is already installed and available to you, so take advantage of that.
     
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