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awraynor

This Is Very Scary!

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awraynor

So I accidentally downgraded my rooted Droid X to a version of the ROM

which caused my phone to not boot. In a panic I bought a "get me by"

Droid X on EBay as I am waiting for the Galaxy S III or suitable upgrade to

come out. Luckily I was able to find the most recent factory ROM and get

my phone working again.

 

Here is where it gets interesting. The original owner of the EBay phone thought he had wiped the

phone, he sold it to Cash4Gizmo which told him they would make sure it was wiped.

Well guess what?

 

I have his Sheriff's Dept. email, personal email, facebook account name and gmail

name. His contacts list was wiped, but if you start typing numbers his contacts will

show up. From there you can get their names, phone numbers and birth dates.

 

I did contact him through his email and let him know about the phone and wiped it

properly. Everyone here is too smart for this, but I did tell him that it isn't worth

the money to sell a phone or computer, EVER! Especially if you work in a Sheriff's Dept.

in the Narcotics Investigation section.

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dvn

Lovely story. Very reassuring.

 

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pcdoc

Lessons learned for everyone. Thanks.

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ikon

Guess his police force didn't have an IT group who could've wiped the phone properly for him.

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Mr_Smartepants

Official calibrated sledge-hammer-sanitation for the win.

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jmwills

Either that or a couple of strong magnets, however the sledgehammer is the more desirable.

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IndyLux

Thanks for being honest and doing the right thing. We all need to champion behavior like that.

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awraynor

It's sad how much information is on a phone, that the average user is unaware of.

My real issue is with the gizmo4cash.com buying service. They obviously didn't

even try the standard wipe which they promised the seller. By looking at their

page I would guess he received around $50 for the phone, 2 spare covers,

2 batteries, charger and a whole lot of personal information.

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dvn

I was at Best Buy a couple months back returning my 1st Android phone. After they wiped it, I checked to make sure there were no traces of my use. I found a number of folders with files (I remember there were Audible books, podcasts, and other stuff) so I deleted them manually. Thinking about it, you'd really need some sort of DBAN/SE utility to truly wipe the files. Something specific for a phone, I'd imagine.

 

Sent from my SAMSUNG-SGH-I777 using Tapatalk 2

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pcdoc

I was at Best Buy a couple months back returning my 1st Android phone. After they wiped it, I checked to make sure there were no traces of my use. I found a number of folders with files (I remember there were Audible books, podcasts, and other stuff) so I deleted them manually. Thinking about it, you'd really need some sort of DBAN/SE utility to truly wipe the files. Something specific for a phone, I'd imagine.

 

Sent from my SAMSUNG-SGH-I777 using Tapatalk 2

 

We must be talking android phones. Wiping the phone clean is one thing apple got right

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