1. AC Question's Avatar
    In trying to determine how secure my Samsung Galaxy S3 is, I've been trying to do some research and I came across an article that says that "Android System" might be a tracking app. But then again, it might not be. How can I determine if it is legitimate? The phone was given to me so it was in the hands of someone else before me. I could do a factory reset (and I might) but if I could avoid it, I would prefer to do so. Android JB 4.3
    07-10-2015 09:36 AM
  2. anon8380037's Avatar
    You should always do a factory reset with a previously owned phone. Any Android updates will remain. You can then set up your own Google and Play Store account.
    Android Device Manager is Google's system for tracking, locking or wiping a lost device. There are no security or tracking worries. If anything was installed by the previous owner, and I can't think of anything, they would be wiped with a reset. If you have the previous owners Google accounts, they can track the device.
    07-10-2015 10:19 AM
  3. Golfdriver97's Avatar
    Welcome to the forums. If it were me, I would have done the reset right after I got the phone. If you didn't do that, I would highly suggest doing it anyway.
    07-10-2015 10:20 AM
  4. santoperdido's Avatar
    The phone was provided by a company for which I am doing work. I am not an employee; just a private contractor. That's why I couldn't just arbitrarily reset the phone. Is there any way to go about confirming whether or not there is spyware on the phone with any type of real certainty? Everything I read says that "sometimes" this will work or such and such app "may" detect something. But I can't find a real credible or definitive answer. Thanks
    07-10-2015 10:28 AM

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