Smartphones and tablet computers are everywhere now. Not only that, we have a tendency to store everything on them: photos, emails, browsing history, location, and much more are often found on these devices.
Just like with a computer, deleting the files does not mean that some or all of that information is really gone. If you are getting rid of a device like this, whether selling it, trading it in, recycling it, or just giving it away, it may be important for you to know that your personal information is really gone! This is true even if the phone is broken! If your device has a broken screen, it may still be possible for a third-party to recover data from it.
In a recent test by Avast Software a.s., 20 used smartphones were purchased from eBay. All supposedly had been wiped clean. They were able to recover more than 40,000 photos (some compromising), and all sorts of other personal data from these phones. Addresses, ID information, contacts and more could have been stolen.
If you want to be sure your device is clean before getting rid of it, come by the shop, or give us a call at 434-220-5433. We will be glad to assess your device and wipe it clean for you!
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