Avoid identity theft and ensure online security and privacy when you decide to switch cell phones and dispose of your old equipment, recommends the FTC (Federal Trade Commission).
The government entity provides you with some tips for deleting your personal information before you trade in, sell, give away, or recycle your phone.
First, backup your phone data to keep your information. You will need them when you set up a new phone. You can ask Apple Support for help backing up data on your iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
Android also provides help to backup or restore data on your Android device.
It is also recommended to remove the SIM card (chip) which is the one that stores personal information; this data can be transferred to the SIM card of the new phone.
If the cell phone has an SD memory card, you must also remove it.
In both cases you must destroy both cards for greater security.
To erase all the data and information on your phone, including your contacts, text messages, photos, videos, search and browsing history, restore or restart the device.
If you’re not going to trade, sell, or give away your phone, consider recycling it. See tips for recycling your phone from the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Or check with the phone manufacturer, your wireless phone service provider, or a local electronics store.
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