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Wednesday, August 30, 2006

Cell Phones Won't Keep your Secrets

Selling your old cell phone to make a bit of extra money after getting yourself a new one may sound like a great idea, but trust me, it's not. A bunch of Security analysts working for a company named Trust Digital found 27,000 pages of documents on 10 phones they bought online - including details of a multi-million dollar contract bid, bank account passwords and secret notes between a married man and his girlfriend.

Selling your old phone once you upgrade to a fancier model can be like handing over your diaries. All sorts of sensitive information pile up inside our cell phones, and deleting it may be more difficult than you think. A popular practice among sellers, resetting the phone, often means sensitive information appears to have been erased. But it can be resurrected using specialized yet inexpensive software found on the Internet.

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  • Recycling of old hardware is becoming more and more of a problem. Now that hardware updates are occuring at such a fast pace, people are always scrounging to get the latest models.

    But I think that all the excitement seems to have left us careless. Studies have shown that too many are forgetting just how much of a prized possession their old phone/PDA/laptop was to them at one point.

    People need to see that without taking necessary action to encrypt or completely delete info, what was once your prized possession is soon to become someone else's. Hopefully, there will be more articles and posts written about how to safely recycle hardware to counter such issues.

    By Blogger V.y.Mun, at 2:21 PM  

  • Hey Kiltak, my names in Nicolas, i'm a great fan of geeksaresexy. Read it every single day. You guys do a great job! Always interesting things to read!
    I have a blog of my own. Not as good as yours of course. I'm not an IT pro...but love it anyways. Let's say i'm a big fan!
    I'm from Argentina (Latin america)...all my friends read my blog every day, but they don't know much english. So i was wondering if i could "copy" some of your articles and translate them to spanish so my friends can learn. Of course i'd be adding a link to your blog!!
    Just a little question.

    By Blogger Nicolas, at 12:10 PM  

  • Hey Nicolas, thanks for reading us!

    If you want to translate our stuff, then fine, go ahead, but don't forget to give credit and point each of your post to the associated URL on [GAS]. What's the address of your blog?


    By Blogger Kiltak, at 12:26 PM  

  • Kiltak, thanks a lot! I always wanted to put some of your tips and stuff in my blog. I'll be translating some stuff. OF COURSE i will put the URL to (GAS).
    My new blog is http://paico.blogspot.com

    Thanks again!

    By Blogger Nicolas, at 2:11 PM  

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