Planning To Sell Your Phone? Read This To Secure Your Data From Hackers

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With an astounding number of new smartphones with better feature hitting the market each month, it is natural for people to keep changing their models and get a better one. But our smartphones also contain our most personal information. Most of us tend to sell the old model before buying a new one as we end up making a little bit of money.

However, it is vital that we erase all the information on the older smartphones before selling it. But most people tend to forget this, putting their personal details open to hackers or in the hands of the next buyer. Formatting your phone isn’t enough as it doesn’t actually overwrite your data. Hackers now have access to software tools to restore your personal details.

There is, however, an easy way to restore all your personal data from your old smartphone. Here how to get it done:

  • Google had made changes to its operating system, and devices running Android 6.0 Marshmallow and above are encrypted by default. However, if you own a smartphone that runs Android 5.1 Lollipop OS or lower, you will have first encrypt it, and then wipe it.
  • Head over to Settings > Security > Encrypt phone. Depending on the smartphone manufacturer, the menu options may be different.
  • Then head over to Settings > Accounts and sign out of your Google and all other accounts. Log in to each app such as Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram among others, and sign out manually.
  • Once that is done, you can head over to Settings > System > Reset options > Erase all data.
  • The resent option might be different on different smartphones.
  • On a Samsung smartphone, you can head over to Settings > General management > Reset > Factory data reset. In case of Xiaomi, the option is available under Settings > Additional Settings > Backup & Reset > Factory data reset. OnePlus, on the other hand, has the option under Settings > Backup & Reset > Factory data reset. For a Motorola phone, the option is Backup & Reset> Factory data reset.

If you want to be absolutely certain, you can overwrite the encrypted data. Simply load a bunch of dummy data onto your phone until the storage is full, a few large videos will do the trick. Then perform another factory reset.

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