8 Steps To Properly Throw Away Your Mobile Devices

When you get rid of an old TV – you can just throw it away. Getting rid of a couch? Just put it on the curb.

However, when you get rid of your old phone or other mobile device, you have data (confidential data, personal data, etc) on that device that you don’t want other people to have access to and use.

Here’s some things you should consider when getting rd of old evices.

Thanks to David Lingenfelter, information security officer at Fiberlink

1.      Notify Your IT Department. Once you receive a new device and want to use it for your company’s BYOD program, send your IT department a note and let them know you will be swapping devices.

2.      Transfer Corporate Data to Your New Device. Have your IT department configure your new device to get your corporate data. An enterprise mobility management (EMM) solution can automatically push down your corporate e-mail, applications and documents. If you don’t have an EMM solution, ask your IT department to assist with the set-up, although it could take much longer.

3.      Extract Personal Data from Your Device. Now that your corporate data has been transferred to the new device, save all personal files from your old device. This can be accomplished with the native tools and back-up services of the operative system or the manufacture (e.g., Apple’s iCloud and Google Drive).

4.      Erase all Remaining Personal and Corporate Data. Fully decommission the old device by removing all personal and corporate data. Make sure to delete all data.

5.      Don’t Forget to Wipe, if Necessary. The “factory data reset” function on an Android or the “Reset” function on an iPhone or iPad are a good way to wipe all data before retiring a mobile device, or passing it on to another family member. Remember to check with your IT department prior to performing a reset if you are enrolled in a BYOD program.

6.      And Don’t Forget About the SD Card. This can be a common oversight, and it’s important to remember that some mobile devices are configured to save data on a SD Card, which can contain sensitive information. When you deactivate a phone, any SD cards should be removed.

7.      Educate Employees on Device Policies. If you’re an IT administrator, or a business with a BYOD program, make sure to educate your employees on the process of swapping out devices to avoid confusion and a queue of device-related questions.

8.      Organize Your New Mobile Device. Use your new device to start fresh and stay organized for the upcoming year. Keep personal and professional data separated, and remember to always password protect your information.

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