ANCHORAGE (KTUU) - Out with the old and in with the new. Many Americans will begin the New Year with a new cell phone, but you're going to want to make sure that you've disposed of the old device in the right way – preventing thieves from getting your digital data and not harming the environment, at the same time.
The Federal Trade Commission recommends that users first try to "wipe" or perform a "hard reset," in order to eliminate any personal information on your old phone. Afterwards, the FTC advises you to double check for any data, or info, that might not have been properly erased.
This means going through you phone and checking:
• Phone book
• Logs for both dialed and received calls
• Sent and received emails and text messages
• Downloads and other folders
• Search histories
• Personal photos
You can find more information on how to properly clean your old phone by visiting the websites, below.
Federal Trade Commission Consumer Information: https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/articles/0200-disposing-your-mobile-device
Consumer Reports: https://www.consumerreports.org/home-garden/get-rid-of-practically-anything/