Make sure you encrypt your device before selling it!
Read how to do it here.
As a test, Avast purchased 20 used and supposedly wiped Android phones and discovered that it was able to recover vast amounts of personal user data. My colleague Brian Fagioli wrote about this earlier in the week.
Google responded to the news, stating: “This research looks to be based on old devices and versions (pre-Android 3.0) and does not reflect the security protections in Android versions that are used by the vast majority of users”. It went on to offer users advice on how to make sure that you aren’t also gifting your personal data to buyers when selling an old mobile phone.
Google says would-be sellers should “enable encryption on your device and apply a factory reset beforehand; this has been available on Android for over three years”.
Simply performing a factory reset on its own won’t prevent your data from being recovered.
Read more: http://www.itproportal.com/2014/07/13/how-to-make-sure-you-arent-giving-away-personal-data-when-selling-a-smartphone/
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