If you're reading this, it's likely you're a fan of Apple and probably don't have an Android smartphone. But just in case you have a friend or family member who does, show them this next article that I link to below. A security company, Avast, purchased 20 different smartphones on eBay, phones that the owners presumably thought they'd wiped clean, and used a data recovery tool.
What they found will alarm you.
In contrast, iPhones use a hardware encryption, so when the encryption key is destroyed on a reset, the data is very hard to recover. Not so for Android phones apparently. Here's the story: "Hard Proof That Wiping Your Phone Doesn't Actually Delete Everything."
So ... I'll never forget the time, years ago, in Aspen when I asked a ski tech to tune 0/0 degree edges on my K2 skies. His response was "scary, man, scary." That's how I felt about Android smartphone security after I read that story.
Apple does everything it can to tell the story about how the company is using the best available technology to protect its customers. But perhaps people ignore that fact because they just don't want to hear about it. The article above explains the awful discovery in very clear terms, so there's really no excuse for feeling overwhelmed by the technology described there.
Another reason people may ignore the differences between Apple's iPhone and other smartphones is because some writers go out of their way to dramatize every little problem with iPhones and readers are, thereby, unable to put into perspective the relative risks. While there are occasional iOS lapses, not every bug gets a weaponized response and results in a pandemic of compromises.
The recovery of "40,000 photos (including 1,500 family photos with children and 250 selfies of someone's "manhood"), 750 emails, 250 contacts with names and addresses and even files such as a loan application..." should give us pause about which company we want to bet our technical future on.
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