Disposing of Android Phones

July 9, 2014 Timothy Mobile Apps

avast anti-theft logo Now that Android phones have been available for several years, many users are upgrading and disposing of their old phones. Before tossing it, how do you ensure your old phone has been cleared of all personal data? How can you be absolutely sure that all photos, address books, emails, texts, and documents have been irretrievably cleared out of the phone’s memory devices?

AVAST Software, an anti-virus company, bought 20 used Android phones and examined their contents. Their technicians were able to retrieve over 40,000 photos, several address books, and a complete loan application. You know what sort of personal financial information is included in a loan application, don’t you?

How can you prevent this from happening to you? One way is to use the avast! Anti-Theft app on your phone. Anti-theft apps are available for both Android and iOS. Consider using such an app to wipe your phone before disposing of it. The same features that enable you to remotely wipe a phone or tablet when stolen can also be used to wipe your device clean before getting rid of it.

So, the next time you or a family member changes phones or tablets, take the time to wipe the device remotely. Make this a standard practice at your small business as well!

Source: Tens of thousands of Americans sell themselves online every day

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Tim, the Arkansas Small Business and Technology Development Center's webmaster and technical training specialist, has been with ASBTDC since 1995. He retired from the U.S. Air Force with the rank of master sergeant. He's a bit gung-ho, turns cat food cans into cook stoves, and keeps packing ASBTDC equipment for rapid worldwide deployment, but he's your "go to" guy for technical solutions and full-scale disasters.

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