Did you know that there are steps you should take before throwing or giving away your cell phone? These steps should be taken to help protect your identity. Think about all the information that is on your cell phone. If you keep this intact someone may very well be able to steal your identity and steal valuable information from you.
Think about this fact. It is estimated that today there are over 260 million cell phones in use. Daily these cell phones are being upgraded to newer models. Most of these models contain a lot of information about their owners. Some of these phones are what is known as smart phones which are basically small computers and thus contain a lot of information on their owners, some contain almost as much as a real computer would.
An average a person will upgrade their phone about every 18 months. This means 130 million phones are thrown away or given away annually. Forty percent of phone use is not for actual talking instead our phones are being used for texting, sending pictures and even surfing the web. For these reasons we need to protect ourselves and our phones before we throw or give them away and here are some simple tips on how we can do this:
• Remove the SIM card from your phone. To do this you will have to take the back off of your phone. The SIM card should be near your battery.
• Remove any and all memory cards.
• Reset your phone. You may need your owner’s manual to do this since each phone will have a different way to do this. If you can not find your owner’s manual, go online and look up the make and model of your phone and search reset. If you can not understand how to do this, consider going to your local phone dealer and asking a sales clerk to do this for you or a trusted friend.
No, clicking delete is not enough to erase your information from your phone. You really need to do the above steps to protect your identity and your information.
Yes, it is nice idea to give away or to donate your phone to a worthy cause. Yet, you should protect yourself as you are doing this.
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