Monthly Security Tips: Erase It Before You Replace It

Is Santa bringing you a new smartphone, smartwatch or tablet this year? If so, make sure you know what to do with your old device before trading it in. There might be sensitive information on that ancient device you’d rather not share with the future owner or the retailer who recycles smartphones of Christmases past.

The December edition of OUCH!, a monthly security newsletter from the cybersecurity experts at SANS Institute, reminds you how much personal information is stored on your mobile devices. Just think—your home address, old text conversations, work location, web browsing history, photos and even health-related information. This month’s newsletter provides tips for wiping sensitive information from Apple and Android devices as well as SIM and SD cards.