Mobile devices, such as smartphones and tablets, continue to advance and innovate at an astonishing rate. As a result, many of us replace our mobile devices as often as every 18 months. Unfortunately, too many people simply dispose of their older mobile devices with little thought on just how much personal data their devices have accumulated.

Mobile devices store far more sensitive data than you may realize, most likely even more than your computer does. Before you pass on or dispose of your mobile device, you need to be sure that you securely erase (or wipe) all of your sensitive information after backing up the data you want to keep. The easiest way to do this is to use your device's "factory reset" function. This will return it to the condition it was in when you first bought it. A factory reset will provide the most secure and simplest method for removing data from your mobile device.

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