What criminals do with your old Android
That’s right, they want you old android because it very
likely has data they can use or sell.
There was a recent study done by Cambridge University that shows that
the factory reset option, that is supposed to wipe away all data, leaves quite
a bit behind.
So, right now there are millions (at least 500 million)
Android phones out there that failed to completely wipe all data during factory
reset according to Jennifer Abel of Consumer Affairs.
Last July a forensics team at Avast did an experiment on 20
Android phones they bought from eBay. These
20 phones were factory reset by the owner before they sold them to Avast. Using simple tools the team was able to
extract thousands of photos, emails and personal information.
At this time there is not a way to truly erase all data from
your Android phone.
What do I recommend?
Until things change, you might want to use your old Android
as an alarm clock near your bed, or a music player for the gym or something
else you designate it specifically for.
As for selling it on eBay to someone you don’t’ know….I don’t’ recommend
Proof? (or just an excuse
for me to mention Tom Brady in this article)
You’ve probably heard of "deflate gate” even if you aren’t a
football fan. This was the ongoing issue
around the suspension of Tom Brady for knowing of the under pressurized
footballs used in the AFC championship game. Well, Brady destroyed his phone
containing over 10,000 text messages from the four-month period the phone was
in use. Evidently Brady didn’t trust the
factory reset either!
The commissioner, Roger Goodell, said the fact that Brady
destroyed his phone is evidence enough to uphold his decision to suspend Brady
from the first four games of the new upcoming season for violating the league’s
policy on integrity of the game.
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