Welcome to the Android Central Forums Create Your Account or Ask a Question Answers in 5 minutes - no registration required!
Results 1 to 13 of 13
Like Tree1Likes
  • 1 Post By Suntan
  1. Thread Author  Thread Author    #1  
    Greg C's Avatar

    Posts
    1,857 Posts
    Global Posts
    1,867 Global Posts
    ROM
    Android 5.0 Lollipop

    Default Even Factory Reset Doesn't Fully Protect You

    Even performing a factory reset of your device doesn't fully protect your personal information. This article has been floating around for a couple days:

    Does wiping your old phone’s data truly protect your privacy?

    Sent from my Samsung Galaxy S5
    If my post helped you out...PLEASE be kind and hit the THANKS button.
  2. #2  
    bbmjack's Avatar

    Posts
    568 Posts
    Global Posts
    696 Global Posts

    Default Re: Even Factory Reset Doesn't Fully Protect You

    Even wiping computers same thing

    Posted via Android Central App
  3. Thread Author  Thread Author    #3  
    Greg C's Avatar

    Posts
    1,857 Posts
    Global Posts
    1,867 Global Posts
    ROM
    Android 5.0 Lollipop

    Default Re: Even Factory Reset Doesn't Fully Protect You

    Quote Originally Posted by bbmjack View Post
    Even wiping computers same thing

    Posted via Android Central App
    Yeah.. you're right. I just never gave it any thought for mobile devices

    Sent from my Samsung Galaxy S5
    If my post helped you out...PLEASE be kind and hit the THANKS button.
  4. #4  

    Default Re: Even Factory Reset Doesn't Fully Protect You

    Thanks for sharing this information.

    Samsung Galaxy S5 (Verizon)
  5. #5  

    Default Re: Even Factory Reset Doesn't Fully Protect You

    Most reformats only involve the index to partitions, they do NOT wipe the data.

    That takes special programming to actually over write every memory location on the device.

    Once will make it unreadable to normal stuff, but not to Forensic software.

    Deeper subject than I usually have to worry about.

    A sledge hammer takes care of all of my old hard drives.
    Verizon Galaxy S5 since Launch Day, using ART
    Box Stock, not rooted
    Nova Prime, Textra, Blue Mail
    MacroDroid senses Scrn off=Wifi & Data OFF,
    senses Scrn on=WiFi & Data ON
  6. #6  
    rando991's Avatar

    Posts
    580 Posts
    ROM
    Stock/Rooted

    Default Re: Even Factory Reset Doesn't Fully Protect You

    I downloaded and ran ishredder on a level pass 3 on both my old phones. Also put the app on my backup, my wife's, and my current phone, for just in case.

    Sent from my Samsung Galaxy S5
    Thanked by:
  7. #7  

    Default Re: Even Factory Reset Doesn't Fully Protect You

    Overkill, unless you sell your phone to a forensic scientist.
  8. #8  

    Default Re: Even Factory Reset Doesn't Fully Protect You

    Too paranoid.
  9. #9  

    Default Re: Even Factory Reset Doesn't Fully Protect You

    I'm curious; given how flash memory works, if you had a program that somehow set every floating gate in a cell to 1, would that do anything about this? Not that I'm worried. I'm simply curious.
  10. #10  

    Default Re: Even Factory Reset Doesn't Fully Protect You

    I give my old devices to my kids... They make them unreadable.

    -Suntan
    bIOforger likes this.
  11. #11  

    Default Re: Even Factory Reset Doesn't Fully Protect You

    These studies always bother me. You're talking about pulling up information using hardware and software that really only an overpaid highly funded scientist is going to have access to, let alone knowing how to actually use it.
    Yes in many cases wiping a drive is not actually wiping a drive but putting whiteout over it (Analogy), but the best method of wiping your device (computer or phone) has been to erase the data, replace it with something else, THEN wipe/factory reset. After that, add more general pointless data, then do another wipe/factory reset.

    You don't really need much more than that. You just simply don't.

    Also keep in mind, they didn't mention whether these found files were complete or just 1 or 2 bits (not bytes but bits) of information. Finding a full image and finding 90bits of an image are 2 TOTALLY different things.

    This article is simply someone trying to scare the general ignorant public... Totally disregard it.
    Moto Photon Q (work/power phone) / Sam S5 (new primary) / Sam Continuum (music)
  12. #12  

    Default Re: Even Factory Reset Doesn't Fully Protect You

    OT - Can someone tell me the difference between a "post" and a "global post?"
    Sent from Verizon Galaxy S5 (usually) in NYC
  13. #13  

    Default Re: Even Factory Reset Doesn't Fully Protect You

    I'm pretty sure a "post" is on this forum and a "global post" is on one of the sister forums.

    My "global posts" are from my time on Crackberry.

Similar Threads

  1. Replies: 6
    Last Post: 08-15-2014, 07:14 PM
  2. Replies: 2
    Last Post: 07-09-2014, 11:07 AM
  3. Replies: 4
    Last Post: 07-08-2014, 06:45 PM
  4. Galazy s3 will not turn on after factory reset
    By Roxyemiles in forum Ask a Question
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 07-08-2014, 04:29 PM
  5. Replies: 1
    Last Post: 07-08-2014, 01:09 PM

Posting Permissions