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Thoughts on December's OUCH!  Disposing of a Mobile Device
The larger topic is disposing of all computing devices. There are two sources of value in them - sellable information about you and their ability to run aps. Disposing's first cousin is losing. Losing is worse because you have no control over who next owns the device. —Ned Schumann

Securely Disposing of Your Mobile Device 
Mobile devices, such as smartphones, smartwatches, and tablets, continue to advance and innovate at an astonishing rate. As a result, some people replace their mobile devices as often as every year. Unfortunately, too many people dispose of their devices with little thought on just how much personal data is on them. In this newsletter we will cover what types of personal information may be on your mobile device and how you can securely wipe it before disposing or returning it. 

Your Information
Mobile devices store far more sensitive data than you may realize, oftentimes more than even your computer. Typical information can include:
• Where you live, work, and places you frequently visit
• The contact details for everyone in your address book and applications, including family, friends, and coworkers
• Call history, including inbound, outbound, and missed calls
• SMS (texting), voice, and multimedia messages
• Chat sessions within applications like secure chat, games, and social media
• Location history based on GPS coordinates or cell tower history
• Web browsing history, search history, cookies, and cached pages
• Personal photos, videos, audio recordings, and emails
• Stored passwords and access to personal accounts, such as your online bank or email
• Access to photos,  les, or information stored in the Cloud
• Any health-related information, including your age, heart rate, blood pressure, or diet