1. JamesKBoyd's Avatar
    I work for the Federal Government in a pretty secretive division. I upgraded from an HTC Evo 4G to a Samsung Galaxy Nexus, and decided that I would sell my Evo on EBay. However, there is some EXTREMELY sensitive data on there that I need to make sure that there is no trace of before I send the phone out.
    02-09-2012 05:34 PM
  2. Jude526's Avatar
    A factory reset will wipe out everything

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    02-09-2012 05:47 PM
  3. poidogger's Avatar
    To be 200% sure, have your IT guys check it.
    02-09-2012 06:42 PM
  4. ZombieCrisis's Avatar
    To be 200% sure, have your IT guys check it.
    Won't you be breaking protocol by not having IT check it?

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    02-09-2012 07:58 PM
  5. Illusions's Avatar
    Factory reset will do a simple delete/format of the phone which is good for the general public.

    For sensitive positions/data -- you need to perform a secure delete (3x or more) and advanced overwrite (writes 0's & 1's to make sure prior data is not retrievable) to be completely safe.

    Your I/T department will probably format/overwrite phone and external card, then reinstall the basic phone software which will leave nothing to find.
    02-10-2012 02:05 PM
  6. top magoo's Avatar
    if it was THAT sensitive of material, why is it on a personal phone?
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    02-11-2012 05:09 PM
  7. dtreo's Avatar
    Smart that you use your full name on blog posts in such a supposed secret line of work.

    02-12-2012 07:47 AM
  8. Mikey47's Avatar
    sorry, not buying it. Whatever agency you work for would fire you in a heartbeat for having any sensitive data on your phone.

    I once did some contracting work for the FBI and they disallowed personal cells in the building (for both employees and contractors) , much less the ability to load anything onto them.
    02-12-2012 04:45 PM
  9. tayl428's Avatar
    Isn't is the first rule of working on secret projects for the Government supposed to be like the first (and second) rule of Fight Club?
    02-12-2012 04:54 PM
  10. dtreo's Avatar
    Isn't is the first rule of working on secret projects for the Government supposed to be like the first (and second) rule of Fight Club?
    I think you're right, but there might be an overriding third rule that negates the first two as long as you perform the secret work from your mom's basement...or something. I don't know specific details.
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    02-12-2012 07:58 PM
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