So you got a new mobile device....what do you do with the old one?
By Jeff Welch, SVP IT Manager
Innovation in mobile devices (smartphones, smartwatches, and tablets) has brought exciting new capabilities. From health monitoring to streaming video to gaming, the urge to upgrade is higher than ever before. In fact, many users upgrade their devices every year. Those upgrades mean you
need to do something with your old device.
Your mobile device likely stores a great deal of personal data. Your place of work, home address, stored passwords, account access information, browsing history, phone call history, and health-related information are a few examples. This data could allow a “bad actor” to gain access
to sites or apps, and perhaps even your financial data. This sensitive data could also be used to steal your identity or be instrumental in staging a ransomware attack.
What should you do?
Regardless of how you dispose of your device you need to be sure all of your data has been wiped from the device. Simply deleting the data isn’t enough as this function generally just removes the data from easy view. A good way to make sure everything is removed is to reset the device. Each manufacturer has a slightly different process to follow, but resetting the device will put the device back to factory condition.
The device will likely have a card that enables cell and data connections. This SIM Card (Subscriber Identity Module) also contains data about you and is not erased when your device is wiped or reset. If the SIM card cannot be used on your new device it should be removed and
If you are not sure about any of these processes, ask your provider for assistance. These folks are generally well schooled on privacy, security and the device. Taking time to properly dispose of your old mobile device is an important security step.