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Second-hand devices – cheaper but risky

Discussion in 'CSO' started by RSS, Apr 13, 2015.

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    Recycling is generally a good thing. But it may not be such a good thing when it comes to digital devices – smartphones, tablets and laptops.

    There are security risks – both to individuals and enterprises – to buying and selling used devices, even when they have been reset or “wiped,” to clear the memory, eliminate apps and return them to original factory settings.

    Security experts say buyers should be aware that even doing all the recommended “refurbishing” measures may not eliminate Trojans or malware, which can remain on a device at the root level. And sellers should be aware that their personal or corporate information may remain on devices that they put up for sale on eBay or Craigslist.

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