Do You Know What To Do With Your Old Phone?

A young woman is using her smart phone at a table outside

Throwing away your old phone can be much more dangerous than you think.

New smartphone technology is coming out every day, which can lead to your phone getting outdated in a matter of months. When you update your phone, you may not think twice about throwing away your old phone. However, wrongly disposing of your smartphone can compromise your personal information. To help keep your information secure, keep this old smartphone disposal guide in mind.

You most likely have tons of personal information stored on your phone, including:

  • Contact information for almost everyone you know
  • Your employer, home address, and places that you frequently visit
  • Voice and text messages
  • Call history
  • Internet history
  • Location history based on cell tower data or GPS coordinates
  • Stored passwords and access to all of your personal accounts
  • Personal videos, photos, and emails
  • Access to your information that is stored in the cloud

Before you throw away your phone, you should ensure everything is erased. If you don’t you could be handing all of the above information over to a stranger.

Unfortunately, simply deleting the files from your phone is not enough to keep you safe. You will need to use the “factory reset” function on your phone in order to completely erase all of your information.

Along with the information that is stored on your cell phone, you also need to consider the information that is stored on your SIM card. Even after you reset your phone, your account information will still be on your SIM card. You may be able to transfer the data to your new phone if you are keeping the same phone number. Otherwise, you will have to destroy the SIM card.

For all of of your IT support needs to ensure that all of your personal information is able to stay safe, contact Proactive Networks in Pasadena, California.