As technology advances, we find ourselves replacing our older mobile devices with the latest innovations on the market. However, we often forget to secure our mobile devices when we dispose of them, leaving sensitive information readily accessible. Simply deleting information is insufficient because your information could be recovered via a data recovery program. First, remove the SIM card and expandable SD card (if you have one). Second, manually delete everything from your device. Third, encrypt your device. This will make it tough for anyone to access deleted data because they will require a special key to decrypt it. Finally, wipe your mobile device completely by performing a hard reset or factory reset multiple times (or as many times as you want). This will overwrite any potentially existing data with binary code and return your device to its original factory settings. If there are any remaining files, they will be encrypted and will only appear as random inaccessible trash. If you are extremely cautious, you can always fill your storage with large downloaded videos and files and then, repeat the process. Of course, the best option is to never dispose of them or physically destroy them.
Always review your owner’s manual or check the manufacturer’s website prior to wiping any device. Reference in this site to any specific commercial product, process, or service, or the use of any trade, firm or corporation name is for the information and convenience of the public, and does not constitute endorsement, recommendation, or favoring by the NJCCIC.