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Your deleted data can be recovered and misused!

New Delhi: If you believe that the personal images, videos and crucial data that you have deleted from the old phone or laptop before selling it to someone, and that person won’t be able to harm you in any way then you might be wrong!

In many instances, this small ignorance caused people losing millions of dollars, moreover, there are instances when women committed suicide after their intimating pictures went viral on social media.

Data can be recovered from damaged or burnt devices

“There are two things. First, you want to recover your important data — whether they are images, videos or documents – from broken, burnt, waterlogged or damaged in any way devices. These devices could be mobile phones, laptops, hard disks, pen drives or even micro SD cards. Second and most important is, deleting your such vulnerable data from any device before selling or scrapping it,” said Sunil Chandna, CEO of Stellar – a tech major which is involved in recovering data from damaged devices.

“Pictures, videos and other things can still be recovered from a mobile phone after restoring factory setting. In factory setting restoration it just cuts the path from the index and the data remains in the device,” said Manoj Dhingra, Director of Stellar.

The form of data has been changed from text to images and now videos. Almost every third person is generating personal data. But there are a few who are aware of the vulnerability, said Chandna.

Chandna was interacting with media persons after introducing their data erasing software BitRaser Drive Eraser ver3.0. The new enhanced features in BitRaser includes data erasure at remote locations, report data erasure securely and on real-time basis. This software empowers organizations and individuals to wipe off sensitive data permanently from hard drives, SSDs, desktops, laptops, servers and mobile devices. This new version has been certified by ADISA (globally recognized certification) to bring assurance to the process of IT asset retirement and disposition.

Factory setting restoration won’t work

“Pictures, videos and other things can still be recovered from a mobile phone after restoring factory setting. In factory setting restoration it just cuts the path from the index and the data remains in the device,” said Manoj Dhingra, Director of Stellar.

Bitraser: A software to erase your crucial data from ‘useless’ device

In the case of laptops and desktop, especially when they were taken on lease, even the CEO has to replace his machine after particular time criteria. And if he hands over the device to someone without removing the crucial file properly it could cause heavy financial loss to the company, he said.

He said, “People think that if their device is broken and damaged then nobody will be able to recover anything from but they are wrong. There are firms … like us… which are involved in the data recovery process. Though we do is for the benefit of people but if a wrong person does it then it is matter to worry.”

What should we do?

“Everyone has own part to play. Most of the unwanted things happen due to lack of knowledge and awareness. We should make people aware. If someone sells or throws his or her old devices without precautions then it’s only the lack of awareness that could have a drastic result. So, what we have to do is, spread awareness as much as you can,” urged Kuljeet Singh, Co-founder of the company.

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