Updated: Controlling your root settings is very important, especially as it opens your Android device up to the threat of malware. if you are familiar with rooting you will know that you can tweak and modify the way your Android software and hardware behaves. Granting apps root allows you to have vastly more control of your device and apps than without.
You should though be very aware that allowing your Android device to have root access does come with an element of security and privacy risk. Given the risk, SuperSU is often used by modders to control Android root settings on a per app basis.
What is SuperSU? SuperSU allows for advanced management of Superuser access rights for all the apps on your device that need root. It’s that simple!
I’m going to assume you already have a rooted device and that you have an intermediary knowledge of device rooting using SuperSU developed by ChainfireXDA. SuperSU allows for advanced management of Superuser access rights for all the apps on your device that need root.
Here is a quick guide using SuperSU v2.78 SR1, on how to control your Android smartphone root settings:
Windows Anniversary Update for Windows 10 v1607 and later allows offline scanning, without the need for being connected to the Internet. The Offline Scan actually scans while Windows isn’t running. So it’s more like an antivirus boot disc. This is very useful as most malware runs inside Windows, while rootkits that hide from Windows during the boot up process, should be detected when running a scan outside Windows.
IMPORTANT: Before you use Windows Defender Offline, make sure to save any open files and close apps and programs.
How to Offline Scan using Windows Defender
- Make sure you have Windows Defender enabled
- Next – open the Start menu > Settings > Update & security then select Windows Defender, to open Settings
- You should see Windows Defender Offline. Click > Scan Offline button
- You will be signed out and your PC will shutdown and be restarted
- On restart, you may see a command prompt window briefly and then you will see “Windows Defender Offline” message
- After a short while the above message disappears and you will then see the Windows Defender offline scanning progress
- The scan will take about 15 minutes before Windows is booted to your desktop
Over the past week or so, users were installing the Windows 10 Anniversary Update without issues. However, when they restarted their computer, Windows 10 would not boot up. At this current time, there is no official response from Microsoft on the freezing issue after updating.
Rolling back to a previous version of Windows has worked in some instances, but not all. If you did a clean install of Windows 10, rather than upgrade from either Windows 7 or Windows 8, your problems will most likely still persist. You might want to look at disabling Secure Boot, reinstalling device drivers and or editing the Registry (but only if you are technically minded).
Reddit posters (see link below) have helped provide clarity on the issues they are experiencing. It does appear there is no definite solution for the freezing issue. I suggest you visit the Reddit link below to check out the latest information, currently standing at 32 updates. You should read all the updates and poster comments before starting to diagnose the issue.
https://goo.gl/6qypTb – this link will open a new tab to Reddit.com
As with most operating system updates, you should always save regular backups, so in the event of issues, you can rollback to a previous version.
Updated: If you use an Android device and regularly download and install apps from the Google Play Store, you may have noticed that some apps require device admin rights to be disabled before you can “Force stop” or “uninstall” an app. Device admin allows developers to create security-aware apps that are mainly useful for enterprise settings. These settings (or policies as they are referred too) may stop a user from installing or uninstalling an app for example.
I’ve started noticing quite a few Android mobile security apps are employing device admin rights to their consumer apps. The main reason for doing this is that the AV vendors want to lock down their app in the event some malware looks to disable or remove their security app, but it is also to with defining a generic security standard for mobile security app development.
Glancing through developer forums it’s clear to see (and I’m one of these) that not being able to kill an app because it is using up large amounts of CPU or RAM time, isn’t that useful to us end -users. Apps and operating systems do have memory leakage and probably always will from time to time. So, how do you disable device admin rights for a particular app so that you can enable ‘Force stop’; ‘Uninstall’; ‘Clear data’; ‘Clear cache’; and ‘Clear defaults’ from within App Manager? It’s actually very simple folks:
Google recently introduced a new setting for 2-Step Verification (2SV). They are hoping the new setting called ‘Google prompt’ will make it easier for more people to use multi-factor authentication security. Currently, 2SV allows you tap a Security Key (such as the U2F YubiKey) as well as entering a verification code sent to your mobile phone. You can also use the Google Authenticator app.
Google prompt allows you to approve by tapping a ‘Yes’ prompt that will pop up on your mobile phone. You can access 2-Step Verification from your computer, Android device or iPhone, but only if you have a Google account. In addition Android devices will require the latest Google Play Services (2SV is part of Play Services) and iPhone 5S or later the Google Search app.
It’s important to note that the Google prompt setting is designed as an alternative second step to either using a Security Key or receiving a voice or text message.
The process below is the same whether you use an Android device, iPhone 5S (or later) or computer.
How to enable Google prompt