5 worrying things hackers can recover from your phone

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by Duncan MacRae| 15 January 2014

Your personal information can be retrieved long after it has been deleted. Here's how to stop it happening.

Over the past few years, forensic data retrieval software used by the police and other law enforcement agencies has made its way into the general public's hands. Software like Oxygen Forensic, for example, allows people to recover data from phones and other mobile devices even after it has been deleted or undergone a factory reset.

We've taken a look at some of the things that can be recovered from your phone. And how you can protect yourself.

1. Personal Images and Videos

Even if you take a quick photo and delete it immediately after, along with all your other pictures and videos, it can be recovered.

What most people don't know is when you delete information off you phone or undergo a factory reset, the data itself is not being deleted, it still remains in areas of the flash chip called solid state memory. Factory resets only destroy the paths to the data, this obviously allows forensic software users to re-establish their own pathways and retrieve the data.

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