Trading in your smartphone could be a ‘ticking time bomb’ for your personal data — here’s how one expert says you can protect yourself

“However, Ernst also notes that people are reluctant to trust third-party sellers with their phones, which contain so much personal data” writes Mary Meisenzahl for According to Ernst, consumers need to interrogate the services they use to trade in their phones.Consumers need more awareness about protecting their data.”It’s a ticking time bomb,” Ernst said about the phone trade-in industry in an interview with Business Insider.He says that a factory reset removes pointers to files containing this data, but not the data itself.

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