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Android's Factory Reset - Security for Selling Your Device? Maybe Not So Much....

Discussion in 'Archive' started by stevetaz, May 27, 2015.

  1. stevetaz

    Moderator

    Sep 23, 2008
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    A recent article over at Verge.com indicates that doing a factory reset does not offer the security of our data that we thought it might. I know I have always been taught to make sure I "wipe" any device I planned to sell or give away or even return to the provider as a trade and a factory reset was the best way to accomplish a true wipe.

    Before you start to panic that text messages you sent to your Aunt Millie might be read by Edward Snowden, the article also offers a fairly simple solution to the problem:
    • Encrypt the data on your phone before you get rid of it
    Sometimes the simplest solution is the least obvious. However, this situation has to make you a bit concerned with the "experts" who created the Android OS....Doesn't it?

     
  2. rosario1990

    Bronze

    Feb 1, 2015
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    Most valuable info.
     
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  4. Samstuart

    Samstuart New Member

    Sep 28, 2015
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  5. nilofar shaikh

    Bronze

    Oct 20, 2015
    0
    Yes, of course, you need to perform a Hard Reset, before selling your device.
     

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