Are you safely disposing your old cell phones? Do you know that there’s potentially a treasure trove of personal information on your mobile device? If that personal information fell in the hands of a cybercriminal, it could be used to steal your identity. If the phrase “identity theft” isn’t familiar to you, consider that someone could impersonate you in such a way that they can open credit cards and checking accounts in your name, and steal you blind. Check out my article Identity Theft and Internet Security for more information on identity theft. The SANS Institute’s OUCH! Newsletter recently published an article on the safe disposal of mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets. It’s an excellent piece that covers stored information, wiping your device, SIM cards / SD cards, and options for proper disposal.
This stored information consists of:
• The contact details for everyone in your address
book, including family, friends, and co-workers
• Call history, including inbound, outbound, and
• Text messages or logged chat sessions
• Location history based on GPS coordinates or cell
• Web browsing history, cookies, and cached pages
• Personal photos, videos, audio recordings, and emails
• Stored passwords and access to personal
accounts, such as your voicemail
Have I gotten your attention yet? Please read the article and follow it’s advice.
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