Smartphone Security

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STATELINE (WIFR) – Apple unveiled a much cheaper version of the iPhone 5 this week, but if you’re planning on trading in your old smartphone for a new one, it’s a good idea to protect your personal information.

Jody Thurman says she doesn’t keep much of her personal information on her smartphone since she got an iPhone 4 last year.

“I don’t feel it’s safe enough. I keep it on my computer where I know it’s safe because we have those safety features built in,” said Thurman.

Which is why she erases everything, even her call history, every few days.

Before getting a new phone, most phone companies will help delete all your personal information for you. They use a special machine to transfer everything from your old phone to the new one.

It’s important to have it done in front of you. Anytime you want your phone clean, either do it yourself or have it done in front of you.

Experts say that way, you’ll know your personal information is safe.

PJ Way says trading in a phone isn’t a bad idea, he says it’s better to be safe than sorry.

“Your information is valuable, people are constantly after it. It’s not to make people be panicked or fearful, but they have to be cautious, just be aware," Way said.

That’s why Thurman says deleting everything on her phone is always a good call.

If you plan on getting a new smartphone soon, three things you’ll need to remember are to:

  • Back up all of your information to a computer.
  • Make sure our phone carrier deletes everything in front of us
  • Erase things like text messages and emails often

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