The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has released an article with tips on how to protect personal information before trading in a mobile phone for a newer model. FTC recommends the following four steps to safeguard these devices:
- Back up data.
- Remove SIM and SD cards.
- Erase personal information.
- Verify deletion of personal information.
The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) encourages consumers to review the FTC article for additional resources on how to perform each of the suggested steps and see CISA’s Tip on Proper Disposal of Electronic Devices for more information.