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Thursday, August 31, 2006
Wipe Those PDAs:
If you’re thinking about selling your old PDA without doing some major memory cleanup, think again:
Selling your old phone once you upgrade to a fancier model can be like handing over your diaries. All sorts of information can pile up inside our cell phones, and deleting it may be more difficult than you think.
A popular practice among sellers, resetting the phone, often means that sensitive information appears to have been erased. But it can be resurrected using specialized yet inexpensive software found online.
Since I am a Treo user, I was most interested in this:
Palm Inc., which makes the popular Treo phones, puts directions deep within its Web site for what it calls a “zero out reset.” It involves holding down three buttons simultaneously while pressing a fourth tiny button on the back of the phone.
But it’s so awkward to do that even Palm says it may take two people. A Palm executive, Joe Fabris, said the company made the process deliberately clumsy because it doesn’t want customers accidentally erasing data.
Read about the zero out reset here. Basically, it involves holding Power, Up, HotSyncing, AND pushing the reset button. In other words, a single person is very challenged to try this maneuver without some intervention from a second party, just as the article says. Still, it’s better than giving someone your personal or corporate proprietary data.
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