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    Default Precautions before selling a phone/tablet

    Hi, all

    This is my first post here and I hope I'm posting in the right place.

    Before selling a smartphone, I wonder if a factory reset will be adequate for privacy protection, due to the nature of electronic data storage using ROM/NAND.

    I've in mind info like personal data, Google Wallet, bank account and other passwords.

    I use TrueCrypt on my PCs but no encryption on phones or tablets. Perhaps a good practical approach is to NOT store sensitive data on a phone/tablet, but this is next to impossible with Google accounts, Google Wallet, etc.

    Your input, please!
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    A factory reset would bring the phone back to the state it was in before it gets to a customer's hands and since you have to input all that info it should do the trick. Unless I'm missing something.
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    Default Re: Precautions before selling a phone/tablet

    I read an article in the newspaper a while ago that factory resets on some OSes don't completely erase data, or something like that. I remember it mentioned Android, iOS, and BBOS, but I don't remember which ones required more than a factory reset.

    Edit: Okay, did a little research, and it looks like a factory reset will do the trick.

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