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Android Data Wipe Leaves Personal Data

Factory reset tool on Android smartphones does not remove all photos, emails, chats, and other personal data, says security firm.

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ajar string
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7/18/2014 | 11:30:52 AM
that's a good thing
Some on the hill are pushing for remote wipe of all phones. Sure, you can take out the sd, but it's nice to think it's safe when the government goes to take it out - but probably not true. They have already read it.
mak63
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7/12/2014 | 3:23:00 PM
forensic software
Assuming that people should already know that the reset feature will delete data and not wipe it out or overwrite is a mistake.
I believe this kind of article is always welcome, regardless of our understanding of the reset feature.
 Another point that I read somewhere, it's that encryption wouldn't work, because the key is also on the phone.
I'm downloading a forensic software myself to check what data is left behind after a reset. I will post the results when I sell my phone.
Thomas Claburn
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7/10/2014 | 5:07:38 PM
Re: Shouldn't be a surprise
> Good reason for you to stay out of politics.

As if I needed more reasons.

The article concedes that hammer-wiping is effective and legal. It's also far more time-efficient and satisfying than waiting 8 hours for multiple zero-write passes. Probably the best argument against it is the wastefulness and chance of self-harm. But I'd bet if you put a drive-melting kiln up as a Kickstarter project, it would get funded.
David F. Carr
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7/10/2014 | 11:21:49 AM
Re: Shouldn't be a surprise
Tom, one of our local public officials took the same tack to hammering out data and it was judged a scandal. Good reason for you to stay out of politics.

Fred Grimm: Ex-sheriff's data cleanup crew hammered away at their job - Fred Grimm - MiamiHerald.com http://ubm.io/1mjEwKZ
Thomas Claburn
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7/9/2014 | 4:51:15 PM
Re: Shouldn't be a surprise
A few years ago when I was disposing of a hard drive (old and not worth much), I did so with a hammer. I thought I was being overcautious at the time but in retrospect it seems like the right choice.
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7/9/2014 | 2:48:09 PM
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lol maybe all 20 came from him. 
YaarovS134
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7/9/2014 | 2:44:51 PM
You may want to wait for Android 62.x.y.z
it will be perfect except google already knew what time the owner routinely went to the restroom everyday.
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7/9/2014 | 2:19:58 PM
Re: Shouldn't be a surprise
Infoworld wouldn't run an advertisement disgised as an article. That would land them in trouble with the DOC. Avast probably just replaced their own phones and wondered what to do with them. That is why the story doesn't have a source and the phones have an outrageous amount of nude photos. Writting anti-virus software has never struck me as intensive work. It's more of a hard sell product. The photos must be pictures from Avast's office parties.

I believe Lorna you are right. It is rigged and nothing to worry about. There aren't too many people aware of sector editing flash memory and a simple encyption app can keep the remaining sectors from a wipe un-readable.
Lorna Garey
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7/9/2014 | 2:18:17 PM
Re: Shouldn't be a surprise
Mike, that's probably true about the overachievers. Wonder if Anthony Weiner recently sold his phone.
MarylandMike
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7/9/2014 | 2:07:15 PM
Re: Shouldn't be a surprise
Putting information on an SD card is a good idea, but still you wouldn't know if there were 'temp' files that made copies somewhere 'under the hood'. 
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