/ Locking private files

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waterbaby - on 16 Nov 2012
Is it possible to pin protect or lock files on Android phones?

I can't see how to :-S
wilkie14c - on 16 Nov 2012
In reply to waterbaby:
got a few saucy pictures then have we?....

You perhaps can do what you sak and no doubt more knowledgable types will be along to tell you how but I upload any pics/files etc to my dropbox account. Can get them from anywhere and its passwrd protected to log in
dissonance - on 16 Nov 2012
In reply to waterbaby:

Assuming you dont want to just lock the entire phone.
there are several free (and paid for) apps available that you could use.
Never tried any of them myself though.
waterbaby - on 16 Nov 2012
In reply to blanchie14c:

You can speculate all you like ;-)

I have no idea what you are talking about, dropbox account?

All, please be warned I need the 'How To' idiots guide.

Thanks
wilkie14c - on 16 Nov 2012
In reply to waterbaby:
Dropbox is like a virtual hard drive that lives in heaven. Like photobucket is a virtual photo album, dropbox is the same for file <docs, photos, videos, anything you want really> Its free for basic use and has a size limit but you can pay for more storage. You log on <username and password> and then upload whatever you want to your space from phone or computer. To access it again just logon again and download the files you need. Keeps your phone free from space hogging files and handy for swapping files from phone to computer and vice versa
waterbaby - on 16 Nov 2012
In reply to blanchie14c:

Thanks I'll investigate that option. After a quick google, I can see there are loads of free apps that you can get but which one to use?
waterbaby - on 16 Nov 2012
In reply to waterbaby:

I knew I should have titled this 'locking up your filth' or just got straight to the point with 'protecting your porn.'





The Lemming - on 16 Nov 2012
In reply to waterbaby:

As far as I'm aware Android isn't that safe for securing stuff. A mate at work who has just done a Masters in IT Security isn't that impressed with its security.

I don't keep anything important on either my phone or Tablet android computers.

BTW

you have mail. :-)
dissonance - on 16 Nov 2012
In reply to The Lemming:
> (In reply to waterbaby)
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> As far as I'm aware Android isn't that safe for securing stuff. A mate at work who has just done a Masters in IT Security isn't that impressed with its security.

depends on what you use and how you use it.
Truecrypt variants are available and good luck getting past that so long as you dont install any random rubbish and end up with a keylogger.

In reply to waterbaby:
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> I knew I should have titled this 'locking up your filth' or just got straight to the point with 'protecting your porn.'

Email it to me; I'll see what I can do...
waterbaby - on 16 Nov 2012
In reply to The Lemming:


Thanks got the mail. I watched the trailer for dropbox, looks good. Is it really safe, no one else can access it? It might be better because it backs up your files, though not sure I like the idea of my file being out there in cyberspace, instead of in my pocket;-)

I only need the file to be locked so that anyone who happens to play with my phone, doesn't gets more than they bargained for.
waterbaby - on 16 Nov 2012
In reply to Submit to Gravity:

Oh great, thanks very much! It's on it's way....





















shame it won't send.
teflonpete - on 16 Nov 2012
In reply to blanchie14c:
> (In reply to waterbaby)
> Dropbox is like a virtual hard drive that lives in heaven. Like photobucket is a virtual photo album, dropbox is the same for file <docs, photos, videos, anything you want really> Its free for basic use and has a size limit but you can pay for more storage. You log on <username and password> and then upload whatever you want to your space from phone or computer. To access it again just logon again and download the files you need. Keeps your phone free from space hogging files and handy for swapping files from phone to computer and vice versa

That might come in pretty handy ;0)
waterbaby - on 16 Nov 2012
In reply to teflonpete:

Why? Did you want to share something with me ;-)
In reply to waterbaby: Get a room!
waterbaby - on 16 Nov 2012
In reply to Submit to Gravity:

What would I do with a room?
dissonance - on 16 Nov 2012
In reply to waterbaby:

lock your android phone in surrounded by high explosives and then fill with concrete.
Makes your files nice and safe.
wilkie14c - on 16 Nov 2012
In reply to teflonpete:
> (In reply to blanchie14c)
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> That might come in pretty handy ;0)

Thats the lemmings thank you really, he got me onto it!
waterbaby - on 16 Nov 2012
In reply to dissonance:
> (In reply to waterbaby)
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> lock your android phone in surrounded by high explosives and then fill with concrete.
> Makes your files nice and safe.

That would work but I feel there is a flaw in your plan.
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Dave B on 16 Nov 2012
In reply to waterbaby:
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> Thanks got the mail. I watched the trailer for dropbox, looks good. Is it really safe, no one else can access it? It might be better because it backs up your files, though not sure I like the idea of my file being out there in cyberspace, instead of in my pocket;-)


The answer is strictly speaking 'No'. Two reasons I say this. The first is that there was a time, when an update was put into the DropBox server software which enabled anyone to see any other persons files. It was only for about 6 hours, but it did happen and could potentially happen again. #

The second is that DropBox files are available to be read by a small number of dropbox employees, for the purposes of law enforcement. The files themselves are encrypted on their servers, but not by your password that you enter. This is to protect the transit route between your computer and the remote computer, not the files on the remote computer.

However, the security is 'good enough' for most purposes, most of the time.

> I only need the file to be locked so that anyone who happens to play with my phone, doesn't gets more than they bargained for.

There are apps that attempt to do this, e.g. (https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.sovworks.edslite&hl=en) EDSLite, but I am not up on how secure they actually are. As with any security software you need to make sure it is REALLY good before you decide to use it, or its pretty much illusiary security. Of course, once you lock something with an app like this, you better not forget the password, or you'll lose it for ever...

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