HAVE YOU EVER SOLD A 2ND HAND PHONE?? THEN YOU NEED TO READ THIS !
Channel nine news, as part of an investigation, purchased 5 - 2nd hand phones from gumtree, then took them to a DATA recovery centre and retrieved OVER 19,000 DELETED FILES including emails, photo's, video's and documents containing passwords and banking details amongst other things.
As a specialist DATA recovery centre ourselves, I can guarantee that this is very possible. Nothing is ever completely removed ...from storage devices used in phones, laptops cameras etc, and with some simple tools can usually be quite easily recovered, even if you set your device back to factory settings before you sell it. Even drives that have been formatted before sale can still have the DATA retrieved although this is somewhat more difficult.
When it comes to phones particularly...My advice is DON'T SELL THEM....keep them as a spare, or destroy them with a hammer and drop them in the garbage bin. In the case of Laptops and computers, remove the HDD before you sell it or use a "Shredding" program to safely delete all your data. You will have to reload the OS and drivers though before you sell it.
Please SHARE this post on all your social media sites, as I'm sure we've ALL been guilty of selling a second hand device at some stage in our life.
Pete - Precision.