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What security features does Windows Phone 8.1 have to protect against viruses / malware?

Viruses and other malware rely on a couple of key features - the ability to run in the background, and the ability to self replicate (in the case of viruses) or access sensitive information from ...
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How to use Tor on Windows Phone

There is no such app right now. Maybe in the future. It requires a lot of work though. Might be interesting to suggest it to some developers or Microsoft.
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How to check if someone is using my Windows Phone?

Unfortunately with Windows Phone 8.1 your options are bascially limited to choosing a strong pin for your lockscreen - you can do more than 4 numbers. Otherwise there's not much you can do as the ...
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Details on applications permissions

Microsoft explains very specifically what each capability allows a developer to do. ID_CAP_APPOINTMENTS Provides access to appointment data. ID_CAP_CONTACTS Provides access to contacts data. ...
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How can I disable the SIM PIN?

On my Lumia 830, running Windows Phone 8.1 GDR2 (8.10.15148.160) the answer above is not valid anymore. Instead, I succeeded in removing the SIM PIN security at phone boot by following this procedure;...
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What happens when we install apps with odd permission request?

Short answer: Yes. With access to the libraries the app can upload your photos & music, if it also has the "Internet" capability. Same thing is true for other capabilities like Chat Message ...
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How to check if someone is using my Windows Phone?

Check out this app Screen Tracker on WP store for Windows Phone 8.1 only It's a tracking app that allow you to track how many times you check your phone a day. It has good rating of 4.5/5 (171 ...
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How can I set access permission for Apps?

So far no settings, but there might be a App Permissions setting in Windows Phone 8.1 Update 2. Update: Windows 10 Mobile has this feature.
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Offline Password Manager

WinKey seems to be what you are looking for, as it does not request permission to access data services. Additionally, it seems to be open source and compatible to the popular KeePass desktop software.
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How long will security updates be made for Windows Phone handsets?

In the case of Windows Phone 8.1 Microsoft will release security updates for at least 36 months since release. This however also depends on the carriers willingness to push those updates. With ...
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Is Guest mode available in Windows 10 Mobile?

There is no guest account in Windows mobile. But you can use Kids corner or apps corner in Windows mobile. This will give allow someone to use your phone but only the apps you allow. Here is what ...
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How to cope-up with this security flaw in Windows 10 Mobile?

The issue you are pointing to has already been fixed by Microsoft. Here is the link to the corresponding feedback in Feedback Hub. Below is the Microsoft's response to the feedback This problem ...
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My Lumia 520 is locked and says try again in 28000 minutes

Perform a Hard Reset on your phone. That seems to be the only way out. But be warned. It obliterates all the data in your phone...and you will start everything all over again, just like you got a new ...
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Is it normal for an app to request update without disclosing its name?

For me this usually happens for internal / Microsoft apps - no worries.
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Is it normal for an app to request update without disclosing its name?

Has anyone of you encountered a similar issue like this? Yes, I have encountered a similar issuea on my Windows 10 mobile multipe times. It happens sometimes. I suspect it is a malicious app It's ...
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Nokia 950 XL and encryption

Windows 10 Mobile (as shipping on the Lumia 950/XL) does come with a setting for Device encryption which "helps protect your files and folders from unauthorised access in case you device is lost or ...
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Mysterious "SFT_5055W" app downloaded automatically by the Store

The model number "5055W" refers to the Alcatel Fierce XL. The app in question is made by Huizhou TCL Mobile Communication Co.Ltd. (see cached version of the Store listing). I'm pretty sure this refers ...
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Lost phone: What can I do to protect my data and recover my device?

If you didn't set a password on the phone, there's nothing you can do beyond what you've done already. The fact that the phone doesn't have a SIM in it means it will only get the remote wipe (like you ...
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What security features does Windows Phone 8.1 have to protect against viruses / malware?

To add to @RowlandShaw's excellent answer, Windows Phone also mandates signed binaries for most purposes. Some stuff can't run in a sandbox (either because they are core OS components that need to be ...
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What does memory dump feature in WP8.1 apply to? (Debug feedback)

The option doesn't show for phones that are not developer unlocked. Even when they do exist on a (developer unlocked) phone, which can give you information about what was in the process's memory at ...
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Poodle SSL 3.0 issue, no update for Windows Phone?

There are registry values which will disable SSL3 (or other SSL/TLS versions). See this thread on XDA-Developers for the change to make (in the HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Internet ...
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Phone is locked and says I need to wait for more than 2 weeks to unlock!

Make sure you have enough battery power. Power off your device and disconnect charger. Connect charger and simultaneously press power and volume down buttons until an exclamation mark appears on ...
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Does Windows Phone 8 support IMAP using STARTTLS?

Mail in Windows 10 and Outlook Mail (the same universal app under different branding) in Windows 10 Mobile will have STARTTLS support. Mail will still prefer SSL over TLS when available, however.
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