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In healthcare HIPPA comes into play. Someone steals your phone and you just happen to have medical record numbers on it. Very bad.

/channeling Walt.......Ummmmmmmm,

Walt you can probably root/rom your way around this I suppose.

If somebody steals your phone, you most likely WANT your personal stuff wiped too.

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Yes...good point!

I've got an web based app (Android Lost) that allows me to do that.

Doesn't Google's own device manager allow that as well?

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Speaking of wiping phones, our contract is up in February, and I'm going back to a "dumb phone." I assume I will have to buy one of those small handsets that only texts and talks, but is there an easy way to remove all the stuff I have (apps is what I'm concerned about) so I can sell it and not worry about my info? Or is it just a boat anchor?

That's fine too, can't stand the thing and could throw it in the trash and never look back.

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Speaking of wiping phones, our contract is up in February, and I'm going back to a "dumb phone." I assume I will have to buy one of those small handsets that only texts and talks, but is there an easy way to remove all the stuff I have (apps is what I'm concerned about) so I can sell it and not worry about my info? Or is it just a boat anchor?

That's fine too, can't stand the thing and could throw it in the trash and never look back.

What kind of phone? You can usually factory reset any phone.

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What kind of phone? You can usually factory reset any phone.

actually, one of the complaints about IOS7 is that in theory at least, you can brick an I- phone trying to reset it if you do it wrong.

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What kind of phone? You can usually factory reset any phone.

Factory reset sounds pretty good. Motorola Droid 4.

I see them for sale often, so I assume people cleant them and sell them. That would work if I can.

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Factory reset sounds pretty good. Motorola Droid 4.

I see them for sale often, so I assume people cleant them and sell them. That would work if I can.

I don't know what Android version that you are running, but if you go into settings, there is an option to perform a factory reset. I know in the current version it is in "backup and reset."

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I don't know what Android version that you are running, but if you go into settings, there is an option to perform a factory reset. I know in the current version it is in "backup and reset."

I would look, but I left it in the car. Opps! That's close enough, I think I can figure it out.

Thanks much, I owe you a beverage next time I get to the ballgame.

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actually, one of the complaints about IOS7 is that in theory at least, you can brick an I- phone trying to reset it if you do it wrong.

I hadn't heard that. I am sure that the company line is that the users are doing it wrong.

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But your assuming the customer (in the form of the corporate IT dept) doesn't want it the way it is. What guarantee is there that the user hasn't moved critical corporate data out of the exchange system and into some directory hierarchy of his own choosing (something I did all the time for a variety of reasons)

Yeah, this is definitely a possibility, but if the company is that concerned with this data, then they should never allow the exchange connection in the first place. I mean I get what you're saying... they don't want someone downloading attachments from emails and saving them on their phone. But if there is this danger, then wiping the whole phone does nothing to prevent the user from having downloaded this data from his or her phone to a personal computer.

Once you allow a device to connect to potentially confidential data AND let that device outside of the company's physical control you have to assume a loss of security of that data. If there was that much concern about the data then the corporate IT dept should never have allowed a cell phone to connect to that data in the first place.

Being able to wipe emails, contacts, schedules... that can go a long way to preventing the 'casual' miscreant from divulging confidential corporate info. The average person isn't going to have planned ahead of time to steal data just in case they later get burned by the company and feel like getting back at them. Clearing the exchange data will likely remove 99+% of the danger from these people. (I believe there's also a way to setup security that Touchdown will actually prevent downloading/saving attachments, but I might be remembering wrong.)

However, someone who's planning ahead or putting any thought into stealing data will easily move that data from the phone to a area that the corporation can't touch. You're not going to stop the dedicated data thief with a complete cellphone wipe.

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Speaking of wiping phones, our contract is up in February, and I'm going back to a "dumb phone." I assume I will have to buy one of those small handsets that only texts and talks, but is there an easy way to remove all the stuff I have (apps is what I'm concerned about) so I can sell it and not worry about my info? Or is it just a boat anchor?

That's fine too, can't stand the thing and could throw it in the trash and never look back.

We keep the old phones and put games on them so the kids can use them during long road trips, or for sitting in the waiting room at the doctors office, or something like that. They are also back-up phones in case my wife loses or destroys hers beyond repair, and I'm not prepared to run out and buy a new phone that month. We've never had to use one like that, but you never know.

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We keep the old phones and put games on them so the kids can use them during long road trips, or for sitting in the waiting room at the doctors office, or something like that. They are also back-up phones in case my wife loses or destroys hers beyond repair, and I'm not prepared to run out and buy a new phone that month. We've never had to use one like that, but you never know.

Good idea, and I have grandkids. Never gave that a thought. I owe you one too. :-)

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Doesn't Google's own device manager allow that as well?

Could be. You're the pro! BTW, I think Google's website is a mess. I can't get around that blasted thing.

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Factory reset sounds pretty good. Motorola Droid 4.

I see them for sale often, so I assume people cleant them and sell them. That would work if I can.

I use stockspy all the time. One of the best research tools for a phone that I've seen.

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Yeah, this is definitely a possibility, but if the company is that concerned with this data, then they should never allow....

Indeed, that is the silliness of most corporate employee IT policies. In the main they make life difficult for the innocent computer illiterates without really doing much in most cases to stop the most serious security risks - the people who know what they are doing!

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I use stockspy all the time. One of the best research tools for a phone that I've seen.

Stockspy? Is that for cleaning my phone or finding the next NFLX (Green will get this)? LOL!

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It's a nice research gateway app.....you are probably more into the numbers crunching business.

On the other hand, all the research I did recently said that rates are sure to increase this year. I'm beginning to think the mass consensus might have some holes.

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Can you try the wipe command and tell me if it works.

Lol.

Edit: I just confirmed that the ring function works, much to the annoyance of my office mates.

Edited by Walt

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It's a nice research gateway app.....you are probably more into the numbers crunching business.

On the other hand, all the research I did recently said that rates are sure to increase this year. I'm beginning to think the mass consensus might have some holes.

Thanks. Installing now.

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