FORUMS

Index Project For XDA Device Subforums

Another ambitious project from the collaborative efforts of Recognized Contributors and Forum … more

The Atlas of XDA

A few weeks ago, we asked you “How Does Your Location Affect Your Life As A Power User?”. In the days that … more

New Snapdragons: Some Context & Contrast

It hasn’t been a good year for Qualcomm so far. Every device featuring the Snapdragon 810 … more

Google To Launch Next Gen Android One On July 14

The first gen of Android One devices to be launched in India in September 2014 were … more

Security Concern

9 posts
Thanks Meter: 0
 
By shadowblazer08, Junior Member on 31st March 2014, 06:57 AM
Post Reply Subscribe to Thread Email Thread
So I know having a removable battery has its own perks but one of it really concerns me. Compared to a unibody with a fixed battery, you can easily shut down a Note 3 just by removing the battery. So what if my Note 3 got stolen by someone with a broad knowledge about Android, he/she can easily just remove the battery, boot into recovery mode and do a factory reset from there rendering the pin/password/pattern and Android Device Manager useless and be gone forever (the thief can easily sell it/get rid of it) compared to unibody smartphones. Is there a workaround for this?
 
 
31st March 2014, 07:16 AM |#2  
Member
Thanks Meter: 38
 
More
Quote:
Originally Posted by shadowblazer08

So I know having a removable battery has its own perks but one of it really concerns me. Compared to a unibody with a fixed battery, you can easily shut down a Note 3 just by removing the battery. So what if my Note 3 got stolen by someone with a broad knowledge about Android, he/she can easily just remove the battery, boot into recovery mode and do a factory reset from there rendering the pin/password/pattern and Android Device Manager useless and be gone forever (the thief can easily sell it/get rid of it) compared to unibody smartphones. Is there a workaround for this?

What about Reactivation Lock and KNOX?
31st March 2014, 08:26 AM |#3  
Senior Member
Flag Perth
Thanks Meter: 152
 
More
Quote:
Originally Posted by shadowblazer08

So I know having a removable battery has its own perks but one of it really concerns me. Compared to a unibody with a fixed battery, you can easily shut down a Note 3 just by removing the battery. So what if my Note 3 got stolen by someone with a broad knowledge about Android, he/she can easily just remove the battery, boot into recovery mode and do a factory reset from there rendering the pin/password/pattern and Android Device Manager useless and be gone forever (the thief can easily sell it/get rid of it) compared to unibody smartphones. Is there a workaround for this?

Unibody does not protect against Factory Reset, I've never seen a unibody not have some powerbutton+otherbutton combo that wont let the user do exactly what you fear.

Sorry mate, but the one enduring law of digital security is: If you have physical access to the protected device, consider it compromised.
31st March 2014, 08:50 AM |#4  
Senior Member
Thanks Meter: 186
 
More
Reactivation lock asks for pin even if you done factory reset or flash new firmware

Sent from my SM-N9005 using Tapatalk
31st March 2014, 09:18 AM |#5  
OP Junior Member
Thanks Meter: 0
 
More
Quote:
Originally Posted by senectus

Unibody does not protect against Factory Reset, I've never seen a unibody not have some powerbutton+otherbutton combo that wont let the user do exactly what you fear.

Sorry mate, but the one enduring law of digital security is: If you have physical access to the protected device, consider it compromised.

Yeah I understand what you mean but, as for my other phone which is a HTC One 2013, as long as it has charge and pin/pattern/password set-up, no one could turn it off hence could not access recovery mode giving me enough time to locate and track it. Same as on my iPhone 5s with Find My iPhone app.
31st March 2014, 09:24 AM |#6  
Senior Member
Thanks Meter: 186
 
More
These features are available on the note 3 add well. Go settings - genetal - security and it's all there

Sent from my SM-N9005 using Tapatalk
31st March 2014, 09:36 AM |#7  
Junior Member
Thanks Meter: 1
 
More
Quote:

as for my other phone which is a HTC One 2013, as long as it has charge and pin/pattern/password set-up, no one could turn it off

Every unibody phone has a reset combination. For HTC One AFAIK its holding POWER button for 10 sec. and additionally VOL DOWN and POWER combination for factory reset confirmed with additional VOL DOWN click.
The Following User Says Thank You to iwanme For This Useful Post: [ View ]
31st March 2014, 09:50 AM |#8  
OP Junior Member
Thanks Meter: 0
 
More
Quote:
Originally Posted by iwanme

Every unibody phone has a reset combination. For HTC One AFAIK its holding POWER button for 10 sec. and additionally VOL DOWN and POWER combination for factory reset confirmed with additional VOL DOWN click.

But it has to be OFF before you can do a hard reset through hardware buttons.
31st March 2014, 04:15 PM |#9  
ultramag69's Avatar
Senior Member
Flag Waratah
Thanks Meter: 641
 
More
Quote:
Originally Posted by shadowblazer08

But it has to be OFF before you can do a hard reset through hardware buttons.

Which was just explained to you how to shut it off... NO phone is secure... All phones turn off if you hold the power button long enough whether they have password protection or not...
The Following 2 Users Say Thank You to ultramag69 For This Useful Post: [ View ]
31st March 2014, 08:42 PM |#10  
begimaad's Avatar
Senior Member
Thanks Meter: 41
 
More
Reactivation lock all the way

Sent from my SM-N900 using xda app-developers app
Post Reply Subscribe to Thread
Previous Thread Next Thread
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes