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article image5 Data items found on old mobiles, including naked selfies

By Kev Hedges     Jul 13, 2014 in Technology
Smartphones that have been factory-cleaned by security firms after being sold via on-line trading sites like eBay, are found to have several photos and pieces of personal information left on them, including naked selfies.
Avast, a security firm from the Czech Republic, used forensic security software tools — freely available — to extract images and other personal data from old mobile phones sold on eBay. One of the most personal items of data on the phones found were several selfies of women in a state of undress or completely naked. Many phones had photos of previous owners' manhoods too.
Among the other items of personal data found were less-embarrassing snaps of family holidays and Avast, has worked out that many older smartphones only wipe the indexing of the data and not the actual data, meaning personal snapshots, holiday photos, private SMS text messages and emails make up the five most personal of items of data that can be recovered very easily by using freely-available standard forensic software tools, downloadable from the internet.
Avast said: "Deleting files from your Android phone before selling it or giving it away is not enough. You need to overwrite your files, making them irretrievable."
Also included in the finds were contact names and emails addresses and thousands of Google searches. The only way to completely get rid of your personal data is to destroy the phone.
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