What to do when retiring your old mobile devicePosted: August 2, 2017
Have you recently upgraded your mobile phone, or are you thinking about it in the near future?
With the continual innovation of new technology, the life expectancy of your mobile device can be as short as three years before you need to update – or maybe you elect to update sooner to stay on top of the newest releases.
So what should you do with your old device? Recycle it, of course!
Griffith is committed to finding sustainable solutions for our end of life electronics as part of our E-Waste and Sustainability campaign. To facilitate this, there are E-Waste recycling stations at each campus library, as well as the EcoCentre and various student centres.
However, just as you wouldn’t leave a public computer without logging out of all your personal accounts, don’t forget to remove your personal data from your mobile device before disposing of it!
Lately, there has been an increase in the number of phones being dropped off to be recycled that still have access to the owner’s highly confidential data: private text messages, personal photos, online accounts and even banking passwords!
To avoid the risk of having your accounts hacked or money stolen, it’s important to ensure you remove your personal data before your recycle.
Simply follow the checklist below, then get recycling!
- Back up the device
- Manually remove any personal information (a factory reset does not necessary delete all personal information)
- Log out of online accounts (iCloud, iTunes, App Store, Google Play, etc) and social media (Facebook, Instagram)
- Manually turn off any ‘find my phone’ applications (i.e. Find my iPhone and Android Device Manager)
- Unpair any devices such as Car Media or iWatch
- Perform a factory reset
- Remove your SIM card