1. max789's Avatar
    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!
    02-19-2013 10:59 AM
  2. xlDeMoNiClx's Avatar
    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.
    02-19-2013 01:25 PM
  3. return_0's Avatar
    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.
    02-19-2013 08:38 PM

Similar Threads

  1. what to do before selling phone?
    By Z Overlord in forum Google / Samsung Galaxy Nexus
    Replies: 3
    Last Post: 09-15-2012, 02:14 AM
  2. How to Completely Wipe Phone Before Selling
    By kmully in forum General Help and How To
    Replies: 0
    Last Post: 12-18-2011, 06:44 PM
  3. Anything I have to do before selling this phone?
    By ColdRush in forum Sprint Nexus S 4G
    Replies: 3
    Last Post: 09-24-2011, 12:33 PM
  4. What to do Before Selling Phone
    By ddark1 in forum LG Optimus S
    Replies: 12
    Last Post: 07-28-2011, 02:06 PM
  5. Before selling droid...
    By solideliquid in forum Motorola Droid
    Replies: 12
    Last Post: 06-21-2010, 11:46 AM