Motorola MotoReaper V5.0 FRP removal on the newest security patch levels
Made by Google is a interesting term since Google has never been in the mobile manufacturing industry. I personally am not sure if i like this move or not, this is kind of a big conflict of interest going on with this move as Google is also the owner of Android. That being said i am not really surprised by it. This new move is evident when you look at there new Google Store as it only host Made By Google products and all of the third party products have been removes right after the launch on October 4th.
A lot of new device just got lunched, some that I for one wasn’t expecting along with some that where missing from the line up like a Made by Google Android Wear watch. I have been using Android Wear devices from the beginning and i really like using it. I hope that Google will also enter this realm to round out there offerings.
The Pixel 2 is Googles new phone this year named after last years model the Pixel. The Pixel 2 has been updated with the latest specs and one of, if not the best camera on the market today. It will also come with stock Android Oreo of course since it is a Google product and get support for 3 years which is awesome. The price point on these devices is right in line with all other flash ship device on the market now with the Pixel 2 base model coming in at $649.00 and the Pixel 2 XL at $849.00. I will be purchasing the Pixel 2 XL as it comes with a better and bigger screen and higher battery capacity at 3520 mAh as well. The Panda look as seen in the picture below is the style I ordered it just looks awesome to me. 🙂
I have been using a couple Google Homes in my house since last year when Google released its first version and I have to say that I and my kids love using it. Listen to music with a Google Music account, just asking Google questions, or setting a time for dinner is awesome. The Google Home Max and Home Mini will be a awesome addition to the Home line. Home Mini gives you a cheaper option then the original Home if you just want to check it out and whats even better is if you pre-order the Pixel 2 or Pixel 2 XL you will get a FREE Home Mini with your order. The Home Max in my mind is really designed for those Music lovers out there. It is probably one of the most expensive wireless smart speakers i have ever seen and for my needs is just way over prices at $399.00. My guess is that it will quickly drop in price as Google realizes that the demand for this product is really low.
What can I say about the Google Pixel Book…… To dam expensive for a Chromebook. The Google Pixel Book starts at $999.00 and doesn’t even included the Pixel Pen. The Specs on this Laptop are amazing but the limitations you have with Chrome OS kill it. This device has more power under the hood then what is needed for a Chromebook. Basically you are paying for hardware that will never get used to it’s full potential. I would by a Samsung Chromebook Plus and save $500 bucks. As you can see I am not really that excited about this product and prices point.
The Google Clips is the one device that i really wasn’t expecting from the event. Basically what it does is, you point the camera at something that you are doing and it uses AI to take pictures and then decide what pictures are good and send them to your smartphone using Google Photos app. This gives you a photographer where ever you bring the Google Clip. Google is focusing a lot of research on AI so I think in the near future we will be seeing more new devices that use AI to improve the user experience or SkyNet will take over i am really not sure 🙂
Today Google has released there new Android OS version 8.0. (Code Name Oreo) If you are interesting in watching the live stream announcement from Google then watch the video here.
The Android 8.0 Oreo Firmware has been released and you will find it here, with this link to access all of the new firmware images from Google. You will need to know the code name IE (sailfish Marlin) of your nexus or pixel device to make sure you download the right version. If you need help installing this firmware then check out my tutorial HERE.
It has always be a epic dual
Why Android is more advanced then IOS but less stable. First you need to understand that I carrier and use both a iPhone and Android device everyday. Currently I have a IPhone 7 and a One Plus 5 both are high end devices. The Android OS is more advanced for many reasons but the two that come to mind are better specs (physical hardware) and development.
Android OS is Open source which means that anyone can develop and work on the operating system. This leads to advances and new features all the time. What I have seen happen over the years is that the Android community developers come up with new software features in custom roms. Once the community shows that they want them then Google comes in and adds those features to stock Android. Really Google is genius in this manner getting great free development from the community. Apple IOS is ok but being locked down like it is means that you are waiting on the Apple company to come up with new ideas instead of the whole world. The benefit of Apple keeping it’s OS closed source is that they can control and keep it clean. This is again great for stability and uniformity.
Original equipment manufacturers like Samsung, LG, HTC, Motorola and many others use the latest hardware for there new device. Quad HD screens, 8GB of Ram, fast processors, and wireless charging make these devices amazing and for many people even better then there home PC. Apples hardware generally lags behind Android by 2 years. This sounds like a bad thing but really its not. Because by the time that Apple has this hardware in there devices all the software and hardware bugs have been killed leaving a rock solid experience for there users.
Last is security, while Android is open source which is great for developing on it this also opens up the source code to be looked at by everyone and that means bugs can be found and exploited much easier then on Apple. I am not saying that Apple IOS is 100% secure, I am just saying that it is harder to HACK.
This is the way I think about it and this can really help when others ask me about what device they should purchase.
Android = Advancements, Affordable, and Customization
Apple IOS = Stability, Security, and Consistency
Android will always be my choice of preferred device for these couple reasons.
MotoReaper is a tool created by RootJunky and GeoSn0w. MotoReaper can be used to removal FRP from Motorola devices and has been tested on Android versions 5.1, 6.0, and 7.0. It is very likely that it will even work on Android 7.1 but time will tell on that version. Please report back if it does work on your Android 7.1 Motorola device. The best part is that MotoReaper is universal when it comes to Motorola device and will work on 100% of phones on these Android versions. This tool is very easy to use with just a couple buttons and some simple steps to follow. At this point Phonlab has only release MotoReaper to it’s students so if you want to use it on your Motorola device then head over to Phonlab and enroll now.
If you are looking for Motorola Firmware you should also check out Androidfilehost.com where you can find lots of great new firmware.
In the wake of Chainfire selling SuperSU, Magisk has stepped in to fill the void. The best part about it is that this new root management solution is open source which SuperSU was lacking. The good part about this tool is that the root manager does still work with supersu, if you have already rooted with it. So if you just want to check out Magisk just go ahead and install it on your Supersu rooted device. Magisk is systemless root only which is nice for those of use that still want to use Android Pay or any other apps that check for root access on the device. Also because it doesn’t change anything on the system partition you can still take OTA updates without any problems. Just follow these directions below and you to can install it on your device as long as you have TWRP available for your device.
Before Magisk installs anything on your device, please note that magisk will create a boot image backup in /data/stock_boot_<sha1>.img.gz
If anything goes wrong (e.g. bootloop), you can either use the uninstaller (recommended) or decompress the backup and manually restore your boot image
It should ALWAYS bring your device back to life (supposing you have a custom recovery that can decrypt your /data)
If you’re already rooted with MagiskSU or Latest Official Systemless SuperSU
If you’re not rooted, or something went wrong and you need a clean start
If you have installed Magisk on your device please comment blow and let me know your thoughts.
I have been working with Phonlab for many months now and we decided to bring everyone a FREE course on Chromebooks to help techs and repair shops trouble shoot and fix customer devices. If you want to get access to this FREE course just head over to Phonlab.Teachable.com and enroll. Once you enroll in the Chromebook Support course you will have access to all the lessons. We hope you enjoy them and if you find them handy you may want to check out Phonlab E-Campus where we cover smartphone repairs and security. Phonlab has just added our own tool called MotoReaper and it can remove FRP factory reset protection lock on any Motorola device on the market today. It is an amazing tool and all students at Phonlab E-campus get access to this tool. We hope to see you there so join us and be the future of mobile today.
A Chromebook can be a great purchase even if you never step outside of Google’s trusted environment. They are some of the best web machines ever built, require almost no software maintenance, and come in a myriad of different styles and price points. Now that the latest models also come with Google Play Store and support thousands of apps where are some amazing devices.
But like anything electronic, sometimes it’s fun to push the envelope and do things a little outside of the intended use. Sometimes that means hidden features in the software, sometimes it means altering the software, and sometimes it means replacing the software entirely. We’re familiar with people doing just that with Android, but it’s also pretty easy to do with your Chromebook. The best part is that it’s also very easy to go back.
Before you start doing anything it’s always a good idea to have a path back to a time when everything worked. Luckily, that’s fairly easy when we’re talking about a Chromebook. Google has an official tool that will install the factory-issued software to your Chrome device on a 4GB or larger USB stick or SD card. You can then use this media to restore your Chromebook just like it was fresh out of the box. Thanks Google.
Important: All the information on the USB drive or SD card will be deleted. Make sure you’ve backed up those files.
To create a recovery image:
Open the Chromebook you want to recover.
If you have anything connected to this Chromebook (such as a mouse, SD card, or external hard drive), remove it.
Enter recovery mode:
You’ll see one of these messages:
Insert the recovery media you’ve created (SD card or USB drive).
Follow the on-screen instructions.
Reboot and enjoy your factory-fresh software!
STOP WRITE HERE AND CREATE THE RECOVERY IMAGE NOW BEFORE CONTINUING.
If you are still having problems check out this info HERE
This is really simple and something I recommend. By default, your Chromebook runs on the stable release channel for your model. This means everything has been tested, things run pretty smoothly, and there usually aren’t any critical bugs to trip you up.
That’s absolutely no fun.
The good news is that we all can be testers by switching the software channel in the settings. Click the Chrome OS wrench icon in the lower right and open the settings. Choose About Chrome OS > More Info. Click the Change Channel button and choose between Stable, Beta and Dev – Unstable channels in the popover window that appears.
Both the beta and the dev channel give you access to upcoming (both default and experimental settings — see below) features that aren’t in the stable channel just yet. I’ve always found the beta channel to work pretty well, but expect issues and glitches on the dev channel along with the latest features.
If you just want everything to work, switching back to the stable channel is just as easy — choose it from the same list!
Chrome — both the operating system and the stand alone browser for Windows Mac and Linux — has an entire page filled with “experimental” settings. Some will absolutely break things, others might improve your experience. Find them is simple.
Fire up the browser and enter chrome://flags into the Omnibox (a fancy name for the URL bar in Chrome) then hit enter.
You’ll be faced with a huge list of features that you can enable or disable at will. All of them are experimental, some are serious security holes, others are potential oh-crap-I-need-to-reload-EVERYTHING bringers of doom. We don’t recommend you just jump in and start enabling things. Instead, talk to people who are using the same model of Chromebook that you are and find out what works and what doesn’t.
It’s also worth remembering that these experimental flags can disappear at any time. Some may be merged into the OS, others will just up and disappear. If you do enable something, lets say for example, GPU compositing, and it breaks everything (yeah, I’ve been there), you have your recovery media you made earlier to save your bacon.
One of those complicated things that has been made simple by the work of great developers, installing Linux on your Chromebook is a great way expand its capabilities. Chrome OS is a flavor of Linux, but it’s been trimmed down and many features have been removed. We’re going to look at the simple (and in my opinion the best) way to build a dual-boot environment so you have both Chrome OS and Ubuntu LTS using David Schneider’s excellent tool called crouton (Chromium OS Universal Chroot Environment).
You’ll need to enable developer mode on your Chromebook, and the method varies from device to device. You may need to flip a hidden switch, or enter a key combination during boot. You can find exactly how to enable developer mode for your Chromebook on Google, and once you’ve done that everything else is the same no matter which model you use.
Once you’re a developer (or at least in dev mode) you’ll need to head to the crouton project page at github and download the script from the top of the page. Save it to your Downloads folder and you’re ready to get started.
Open a terminal (I told you Chrome OS was Linux) by pressing Ctrl+Alt+T and enter the word shell to open a shell.
Next, run crouton to see all the help text and examples like this:
sh -e ~/Downloads/crouton-master
Read everything you find there, as these are your options and tell crouton what to install. If you don’t understand an option, ask someone. Also, read the help section at the crouton github page for examples and hints.
Once you have crouton set up, you’ll be able to swap between Chrome OS and a full fledged install of Linux (Ubuntu LTS) at will.
While I like the flexibility of having both Chrome OS and Ubuntu on the same machine, you may want to be rid of Chrome OS completely. If you’re interested in replacing Chrome OS with Ubuntu, have a look at the ChrUbuntu project here. If you want to replace Chrome OS on your Pixel with Debian Wheezy, grab a beverage and have a look here.
These are just a few of the neat hackery tricks you can do with your new Chromebook. And like everything else, it may turn out that none of it is for you and you prefer things that just work as intended. That’s cool, and sometimes when I’m staring at the screen of a device that won’t boot, I’m right there with ya.
If you do want to dive in and have a go at Chrome OS, this is how I do it. Tell me how you do it in the comments, I’d love to hear about it!
If you have SuperSu on your device you must be familiar with rooting. So what is SuperSu application and what can you do with it? In general it is the tool which manages root permissions for all the applications on the phone which require root, with SuperSu you can select which apps have root access and which do not.
Lets have a look inside SuperSu, inside you have 3 sections: Apps, Logs and Settings.
The 1st section (APPS) shows you list of applications installed on the device which asked for root access.
Click on app to open menu: next to option ACCESS you can select PROMPT, GRANT or DENY, depending if you want application to gain root privileges. Try to keep list of apps with granted permissions as short as you can, allow permissions only for the apps which either work with root only or have more privileges with it.
Next option is NOTIFICATIONS, you can choose options: “Global Default” to see notifications if app is gaining access on the screen or “Disabled”, to switch off annoying dialog for specific app.
The 2nd section (LOGS) Shows you which app asked for root permission, time and which action was taken (allowed or denied) in case you switched on Logging option in settings. Pretty simple. Let’s move further!
The 3nd section (SETTINGS) Settings is the largest one and the most important – Settings. Correct set up is of great importance to avoid problems.
Enable SuperSu – switches on/off root on the phone, should have checkmark for root t work;
Re-authentication – disabled in case you do not want SuperSu to ask permissions again in case app is reinstalled or upgraded. If option was enabled SuperSu will always ask again permissions for the app after upgrade/reinstallation. I keep it disabled to avoid annoying dialogue pop-up.
Default access – selects default root access for all apps in case no option was chosen when prompt appears. You can choose GRANT / PROMPT/DENY.
Auto deny countdown (available for PRO version only) – gives you option to set up countdown time on SuperSu prompt asking to grant or deny access, basically that is how long user will see prompt on the screen to decide the destiny of app, in case no option selected – default value is chosen. Keep in mind that setting the countdown more than 10 seconds may cause crashes for apps which are written not in perfect way. As for me it is a bit useless:)
Show notifications – you have two options to select: “Global Default” – if you wish to see notifications in notification menu bar about gaining access, “Disabled” – in case notifications are annoying for you and you want to get rid of them. I always select second one.
Logging – if you are not a developer, do not plan to be developer and do not need to get debug logs from SuperSu or even do not know what it is – select option NONE, otherwise if debugging is important choose GLOBAL DEFAULT. Keep in mind it may cause crash of the application in case root permissions are asked great deal of times and logs are saved, stored, fill up memory of the phone.
Clear logs after – time-frame during which SuperSu logs are saved in case Logging is enabled. Otherwise option is grayed out.
Logs date format – choose format of date displayed.
The Auto-refresh apps and logs tab allows the phone automatically refresh apps and logs tabs as new entries are added. Detection depends on access and notification settings.
PIN code (Pro version only) – gives option to protect SuperSu with PIN, may be useful in case Multiusers option was enabled and different users use device.
Enable Su during boot – applies all permissions during boot in case option enabled. Otherwise, permissions are applied randomly after the boot. Better to keep option enabled for boot settings to be set up properly. This option is disabled by default – make sure you switch it on.
Launcher icon – gives you variety of SuperSu logo options, also you can select INVISIBLE to hide icon.
Theme – select dark or light theme of SuperSu interface
Language – gives option to select convenient language from the list of available.
Install SuperSu into /system – option to make SuperSu system app, in this case you will not be able to remove it from regular application manager. To delete SuperSu you will need to use either Alternative App manager (Titanium backup), or use ADB, one more option – factory reset of the phone.
Trust system user – option to give root access to the apps that are located in /system/app (System applications).
Reinstall – designed to fix SuperSu crashes (SuperSu has stopped), click on it to clean up previous installation, then install from PlayStore. Not advised to use this option if no SuperSu issues occur.
Switch Superuser app – designed to change root manager, will clean up SuperSu. As for me SuperSu is the best app to manage root access, however if you prefer another one or just want to experiment – can try, that is your choice. Note that root can be lost during process and you will need to start all over again.
Full unroot – important option but tricky. Allows you completely remove root from device. Be careful with it – it can softbrick phone, I am seriously. Before clicking this button very important to switch off option Enable SuperSu, on the top of settings. Once done you can unroot, but not before unless you wish to flash stock firmware.
Pretty wide variety of options. Cannot really skip mentioning what to do if you selected option for SuperSu icon to be invisible.
In case the icon was hidden and you need to launch SuperSu there are a few options:
1) Dial one of codes on the dial pad, one of them may work:*#1234#* or *#*#1234#*#* or *#7873778#* or *#*#7873778#*#* (does not work on Android 6.0)
2) Download Enable_SuperSU.apk (google it) and manually install on the phone. Once you launch it app will ask root access > hit GRANT. You will see pop-up with options to Enable Su and Make it visible (100% working).
3) Open PlayStore – find SuperSu and follow steps: Uninstall > Install > Open (sometimes may cause issue with updating binaries).
4) Use adb terminal (phone and adb drivers should be installed on PC) and type adb shell am start -a android.intent.action.MAIN -n eu.chainfire.supersu/.MainActivity (100% working)
You can also use Terminal emulator (available on PlayStore) and type there am start -a android.intent.action.MAIN -n eu.chainfire.supersu/.MainActivity
No need to type “adb shell” as you are already in shell 🙂
What if you rooted phone with the other application and now have KingUser or SuperUser but SuperSu is in your dreams and you cannot sleep even because of that.
There are several options how you can change root manager app. Keep in mind is not safe.
There are 2 options:
1) Download SuperSume application from PlayStore it costs 4$ approximately. Install it on the phone and launch > you will get prompt asking root access > hit ALLOW. Then click on large blue button with Android guy and wait, process takes up to 5 minutes. In case nothing happens in 5 minutes – reboot phone and try again.
Phone may be rebooted automatically during process, do not panic. In case you see SuperSu after reboot – means operation was succeed.
Open SuperSu – application will ask to update binaries – hit Continue and select Normal installation. Updating binaries may take up to 5 minutes, in case it is taking longer – reboot and try again.
In case update was successful – will get notification about that – restart the phone and use SuperSu, you are done and awesome.
In case you get error during binaries update – reboot and try again. Make sure KingUser/Kingroot was removed from the phone, if no – disable it from Application manager and try updating binaries again.
In case Kingroot/SuperUser was removed but SuperSu was not installed – try installing the one from PlayStore.
Keep in mind this method can cause bootloop and is not very safe, in case you do not want such thing to happen to your phone and have headache restoring it think carefully why do you want to change root manager, what is purpose. Strongly NOT recommended for Alcatel, Huawei, ZTE and other Chinese phones.
2) Use adb or Terminal emulator and script to change icon. This method is more safe, but more difficult.
Firstly download mrw folder, place it in the internal storage of the phone.
Then download ADB and drivers on the PC, connect phone and make sure it is recognized with adb. Then type: adb shell
In case you do not want to use PC/do not have it try Terminal Emulator from PlayStore on the phone> open it and ALLOW root access.
Now type following in the command line (both, PC or phone):
Hit enter, you will get prompt to allow root permissions, hit ALLOW.
The command line will move to next line and you will see # sign.
hit Enter, you will see code is running, some errors may appear but do not pay attention, SuperSu will be automatically launched in case of Success, application will ask to update binaries – hit Continue and select Normal installation. Updating binaries may take up to 5 minutes, in case it is taking longer – reboot and try again. Make sure KingUser/Kingroot was removed from the phone, if no – disable it from Application manager and try updating binaries again.
In case update was successful you will get notification about that – restart the phone and use SuperSu. You are done and awesome.
In case SuperSu was not launched after script – check manually if you have it on the phone. If nothing appears – guess what? You are right – reboot and try again from the very beginning.
Note, script will not work in case mrv folder is located in the other location, different from specified /sdcard/mrw/root.sh
Android officially has the largest market share in the smartphone world and there is almost 1.5 billion people who use Android smartphone or tablet. This speaks volumes of the quality and affordability that Android offers to their users, but there are also problems and liabilities that always come with using widely popular brands.
Security is frequently one of the questions that come with using Android and this topic is always a matter of interest, especially if you’re using your Android devices for your work and some form of confidential data manipulation. We’ve decided to talk about anti-hacking tools that can make the breach of your security much more difficult for cybercriminals. In 2017, you can expect that there will be lots of new viruses and malware to look out for, so here are some tools to help you along the way.
We all love using apps and while they’re incredibly useful, they can also serve as the back door through which hackers can slither through unnoticed. Too many people are still not careful enough about what they’re installing on their devices and whether those apps come from trusted sources and therein lies the problem. To put a stopper on having this problem (even potentially) is to secure your phone with an app that is specifically designed to lock all other apps. While your lock screen only protects you from the outside attacks, it doesn’t do much more for anything going on inside your phone and this is where AppLock takes center stage.
Once you’ve downloaded it, you are free to lock any app you feel should be protected – anything from Facebook to your email and bank accounts. By using this app, you’re making sure that no one but you will be able to touch your private information plus you will limit the access that apps have in your device, so you’re killing two birds with one stone.
Seeing that practically everything on the internet has to be protected by a password, you need to do your best to keep this aspect of your security in check. This isn’t necessarily easy, because you need strong passwords for every account you have, and that means complex words usually concocted with numbers and special characters. If this sounds like a lot of work, well, it is, but thankfully, you don’t have to keep it all in your head. There are some very good password managers like Zoho, LastPass and RoboForm that will do an excellent job in managing passwords for your numerous accounts. Not only that, but a password manager worth its salt will suggest how to make your passwords more secure and give you additional tips on how to protect your privacy even more. You are also able to keep in check any personal information you have and protect your usernames as well.
Privacy when you’re using your Android device is equally important as when you’re using your desktop computer or laptop, though we often forget this. Smartphones are quite vulnerable to security breaches and one of the best ways to prevent that from happening is to encrypt both the data on your phone and your internet connection. Whenever you’re connected to a public network, you’re in danger of catching a virus or having a hacker on your tail, and virtual private networks simply erase this problem. Good VPN providers like Nord VPN can provide you with military level encryption for your Android device, so that hackers can’t harm your privacy in any way. Talking about anti-hacking tools, when you want to encrypt some very important files on your device, there are great encryption apps that you can use and that are also free, so that you don’t have to spend a lot of money on your Android security.
Long gone are the times when you could just pick any antivirus and be set when it comes to security. Android devices need to be protected with strong antivirus software because while it’s the most versatile platform, it is also most prone to small, pesky security issues like spyware and viruses. Depending on what kind of an internet user you are and how much sensitive information you’re managing on your device, you need to find antivirus that suits your needs. Sure, there are some great free version like Avira, Avast and Panda, but if you need stronger security that includes anti-spam, antimalware and functioning firewall, then you will have to pay to get all-encompassing protection. You may not pay it gladly, but online security is scarce these days, and paying a couple of bucks a month is more than acceptable for the peace of mind you’re getting in return.
Email scams are still very much a thing, even though many of us believe that we wouldn’t fall for that. While you’ve got your security software to protect you against spamming and phishing, it would be wise to encrypt your emails in general. A lot of sensitive details are conveyed via email and chances are you don’t want your mail to get into wrong hands. If hackers get into your email, they can take advantage of your address book and spam all your friends and colleagues, which never ends well. Software like Data Motion and HP Secure Wall have proven their worth over time, which is why it’s worth given them a shot.
Anti-hacking tools for Android abound these days and all you have to do is take your pick. Of course, it’s very important for you to be wary as well and know what not to do when browsing the internet because no anti-hacking tool will help you unless you always remain security aware. What apps and security software do you use? Please comment and share your opinion. – Thomas Milva
Thomas Milva is 28, he lives in Baton Rouge and is a dedicated Analyst of Information Security, which is why he moved to Baton Rouge, where he lives now and he loves it. He’s got Italian ancestry and is very fond of his pets, Reggie the dog and his two goldfish. Thomas mostly works from home, which is why he’s contemplating of adopting another dog.