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Android’s reset function fails to delete data from Samsung and HTC smartphones

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Android’s reset function fails to delete data from Samsung and HTC smartphones

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The built-in factory reset on smartphones is so poorly implemented on some popular models it should never be relied on to erase sensitive , the Asset Disposal & Information Alliance (ADISA) has warned after performing a forensic analysis of a range of current end-of-life handsets.

Authored by ADISA founder Steve Mellings and Professor Andrew Blyth of the University of South Wales, the pair lined up 24 smartphones representative of those commonly disposed of in the channel, made up of 11 BlackBerrys, seven from Apple’s iPhone range and six older Android models from Samsung and HTC.

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