protecting personal information


For reasons that aren’t important, I bought 2 cell phones yesterday (rundown, they were for other people).

The sellers were both in their 20s and I contacted them both through craigslist.

One of them worked a technical job at an Engineering firm. The other probably worked at Walmart.

So, the purpose of the story. Both of the phones I purchased had hundreds of contacts, text messages, photos and emails still on the phone.

Are people seriously stupid? The first thing I did when I got each device was do a factory reset. It took me all of 20 seconds to do it. Why aren’t people concerned about these things?

So, a word of advice, don’t just assume the guy buying your stuff will be nice enough to do a factory reset. Do it yourself.