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Don’t Sell It, Smash It! Disposing of Old Cell Phones and Laptops | Carolyn Smith, Realtor

Posted on: May 4, 2012

Carolyn Smith, Realtor – Disposing of Old Cell Phones and Laptops… Don’t Sell It, Smash It!

Disposing of old cell phones

Don’t Sell It, Smash It! Disposing of old cell phones and laptops…

I just read an interesting little article about data security and disposing of your old electronic devices, and I thought it was good info that was worthy of sharing with my loyal blog readers! So, before you post your last year’s model laptop for sale on Craigslist, read on…

Data security experts are now advising that you may be better off smashing your old cell phone or laptop, rather than donating it to charity or trying to sell it. Many of today’s gadgets continue to store sensitive data that would be better off if it didn’t fall into the wrong hands. According to the article, Windows XP laptops and Android smartphones were the most vulnerable and most likely to save personal information that could later be uncovered or discovered. And that is true even when they are reset to their original factory settings! Who knew?!

To test out the theory, an identity theft expert purchased 30 used devices off Craigslist; he found that half of the devices were clean, but the other half still held a lot of personal information, including bank account numbers, Social Security numbers, court records, and work documents of the previous owner. The identity theft expert explained that Apple’s iPhone and iPad, along with Research in Motion’s BlackBerry don’t carry the same risks as Android phones, however those devices should also be carefully reset to original factory settings before they are sold or donated.

Until we have more information about getting rid of our older gadgets and tech devices, the experts advise us to just smash it, or in the words of the identity theft expert, “I would beat the thing to death”.

Well, I guess that pretty much sums it up! Just remember to dispose of your electronic devices safely and don’t be afraid to smash them if you want to be on the safe side!

Source of info: Discarded Digital Devices can Retain Sensitive Data,” USA Today (May 2, 2012) and http://www.floridarealtors.org

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