Throwing away old cell phones can be dangerous

Posted on Saturday, September 02 2006 @ 14:12 CEST by Thomas De Maesschalck
Selling your old phone can be dangerous as according to a study many old phones still contain a significant amount of personal or confidential data.
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.

A company, Trust Digital of McLean, Va., bought 10 different phones on eBay this summer to test phone-security tools it sells for businesses. The phones all were fairly sophisticated models capable of working with corporate e-mail systems.

Curious software experts at Trust Digital resurrected information on nearly all the used phones, including the racy exchanges between guarded lovers...
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