Security Expert: Hard To Wipe Smartphone Memory Clean

July 17, 2012 12:00 AM
Security Expert: Hard To Wipe Smartphone Memory Clean

" BOSTON (CBS) – Our smartphones are really as sophisticated as mini-computers, performing all kinds of tasks reserved for our laptops and desktops in the old days.

We are entering all kinds of extremely sensitive data on these hand held devices which can present security risks.

McAfee security expert Robert Siciliano of Revere tested the amount of personal information left on smartphones people thought they had stripped before putting them up for sale.

“What we found was surprising. People left their entire digital lives on mobile phones,” he explained.

All the big brands were tested, including Blackberries, iPhones, and Androids.

On eBay and Craigslist, he bought 30 used devices. “We found Social Security Numbers, user names, passwords, bank account information, credit card numbers, and lots and lots of porn. We found all kinds of files that would allow us to either take over an existing account, or open up a new account in that person’s name to steal their identity,” said Siciliano "

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