Android’s Phone Wiping Fails to Delete Personal Data
A new study from security software vendor, Avast calls into question the effectiveness of Android’s factory reset option, which many people have relied upon to delete personal data from their old smartphones before reselling or making a charitable donation with the old device.
Avast, known for its security software on Windows, Mac, and Android , purchased 20 Android smartphones from eBay, which has around 80,000 used smartphones for sale at any given time. Among the data that Avast employees recovered from the phones were more than 40,000 photos, including 250 nude male selfies, along with 750 emails and text messages, 250 contacts, the identities of four phones’ previous owners, and one completed loan application. The problem, as Avast mobile division president Jude McColgan told CNET, is that people still aren’t used to considering the implications of all the personal data stored on a smartphone. “Users thought they were doing a clean wipe and factory reinstall,” he said, but the factory reinstall is cleaning phones “only at the application layer.”
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