CREATED May. 13, 2013
Keeping your personal information private--how to make sure the information in your old cell phone is truly gone because if all you do i delete it, it might still be there.
The Wireless Association says U.S. consumers sent 2.1 trillion messages last year. That's down five percent from the previous year. They say more smartphone users are using messaging apps to send messages via the internet.
Rather than the text system known as "SMS," users say messaging apps provide more texting variety. With so many people buying brand new cell phones every few years., there are a lot of old ones being traded in. While you might think you've cleaned all of your information,there's a good chance you're leaving behind valuable details.
Basic extraction devices can be purchased on the internet, and what these tools can find is reason for concern. "They can basically steal identity and do whatever they want based on the information that some of these cell phones contain," said computer forensics expert, Patrick Paige.
Industry experts suggest performing a factory reset, which is one of the best ways to wipe your cell phone clean. According to major cell phone carriers, a reset results in the loss of all stored data. Paige suggests bringing your old phones into your carrier and letting them do the cleaning software to wipe data away. But just in case you were wondering how Paige guarantees his old phones are secure, "I'd break it in half," he said.
f you want to donate or sell it, and breaking it in half isn't an option, experts say first, delete everything from passwords to personal apps like Facebook. Next, and most importantly, remove the memory card. That's where the bulk of all your information is stored. Also, don't forget the factory reset or taking it in your carrier to ensure there is no personal information lurking on the device