by Mitchell W.
New gadgets in the market today aren't cheap so we're left with the option of selling off/trading our older models to make up for the cost of a new one -- which is fine.
However, for most of us who aren't IT experts, we'd think that hitting the "RESET" button or deleting all datas before we hand 'em over would be just about it -- but apparently NOT.
Apparently, there are these "pros" who are able to recover your data (who knows what you've sent or were sent) and use 'em as cyber harassment or exploitation for either sexual favours or money -- you must be very well aware of the news these days of online "leaks" right?
The question that is left for us to wonder is, "then how la??? don't sell meh?"
Well, here's a possible solution:
CyberSecurity Malaysia (CSM) executive officer Datuk Dr Amiruddin Abdul Wahab has advised those in Malaysia intending to sell their electronic devices (smartphone, computer, etc.) to send them directly to CSM -- for data sanitisation (destroying data so it’s unrecoverable) as well as to prevent theft of personal data.
“Usually, consumers simply delete the data themselves, like their pictures and documents, before selling their smartphones or computers. It is dangerous because although the data has been deleted, it can still be recovered,” says Dr Amiruddin.
Besides that, CSM also has a one-stop centre called Cyber999 that allows the public to lodge cybercrime complaints.
So far, there have been close to 100,000 reports recorded!
As such, CSM actually acts as a technical expert and its role is to assist and support parties (be it individuals or companies) that are involved in cybercrime investigations, plus its services also include digital forensics.
CSM classifies cybercrime into 9 categories:
Now, I'm not saying that this is the safest solution (cause who knows if CSM has a weirdo tech engineer who might leak stuff still), but at least you have an option to look into.
Otherwise, don't do anything that could potentially get you harassed or exploited -- or maybe never sell your devices(?)