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Are you sure you wiped your phone?

Discussion in 'Tablets, Smartphones and Mobile Devices' started by amusicsite, 9 Jul 2014.

  1. amusicsite

    amusicsite dn ʎɐʍ sᴉɥ┴ Staff Member

    Location:
    UK
    http://www.cnet.com/uk/news/android-phone-wiping-fails-to-delete-personal-data/

    Funnily enough, I discovered this yesterday. I did a factory reset on my old phone to reset it up for someone...

    Was amazed to discover that all my documents were still on there, app data and even previously hidden folders had been reset to public!

    So if you are selling your old phone get a file browser first and manually delete everything...
     
  2. Alex H

    Alex H Senior Geek

    Location:
    Central France
    Seems to be the same with tablets. My neighbour had a problem with his daughter's tablet - wouldn't start up - tried lots of internet 'advice' to no avail, so carried out a factory reset. This was a last option as there were lots of games, etc which I am sure she wouldn't be too happy about losing.

    After the reset the tablet was exactly the same as before, although it did start up :)
     
  3. shouldbeinbed

    shouldbeinbed Well-Known Geek

    its an NSA ploy :wink:
     
  4. BoforsGun

    BoforsGun Über Geek

    Location:
    UK
    Never throwing a smart phone away again!
     
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  5. Peter Carlos

    Peter Carlos Regular Geek

    Location:
    NewYork
    Well, that's horrible ! I never use to look at my device in such a extreme extent now I guess I have to keep my eyes over it :hungry: