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4 Things You MUST Do When Selling or Giving Away Your Old Computer, Phone or Tablet

Posted by on Sep. 7, 2012 at 9:46 AM
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Sept 2, 2012

By James Bruce

Here’s a fun thing I like to do: buy an old hard drive on eBay, then run recovery software on it. It’s a little data treasure hunt, and you’ll be amazed at what you can find. Even more amazing though are people who don’t even bother to delete data first; they just sell the phone or throw away the machine as is. You might as well put family photos, bank documents and your passport in a box, then leave it outside your house with a giant “steal me” sign on it.

If you don’t want to be one of those thousands of people who fall prey to privacy invasions and identify theft every day, then read on. Here are 3 essential steps to take before getting rid of a device.


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sarahjz
by Platinum Member on Sep. 7, 2012 at 11:18 AM

Good advice, thanks!

robertmommie
by Renee on Sep. 7, 2012 at 1:35 PM

good info!

johnny4ever
by on Sep. 7, 2012 at 1:57 PM

tfs

mommybug77
by Crystal on Sep. 7, 2012 at 2:03 PM
I always wipe it clean
storkradio193
by Bronze Member on Sep. 7, 2012 at 5:36 PM
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I would not sell my computer with a hard drive.  I would destroy it into little pieces. 

I also have an encryption program for my files making them inaccessible.

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onecuteladybug2
by KT on Sep. 7, 2012 at 7:12 PM
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Thanks for sharing!

Twisties34
by Member on Sep. 8, 2012 at 7:40 AM
I once bought a second hand computer. It had been owned by a guy who ran a porn business. Not only was there business information, wages to staff, tax info,backups of his websites including control panel logins, bank and HEAPS of other personal info, photos and yes videos of him and his gf...
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ScrChk23
by on Sep. 8, 2012 at 8:32 AM
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 This was just in time.  I have been working on clearing out my old computer in order to sell it.  :)

Thank you!

MistressMinerva
by on Sep. 8, 2012 at 11:25 AM

Thanks for sharing.

EbonySnow
by Desiree on Sep. 8, 2012 at 12:54 PM

 that is great info

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