Beware of cyber risks before dumping your old phone

oldThe launch of new smartphones by tech giants Samsung and Apple has some consumers wanting to make the upgrade as soon as they come on the mobile market.

Before making the switch, though, cybersecurity expert Mike Ricotta says users should be aware of potential cyber threats when moving personal information to a new phone.

When getting rid of the old device, “you want to make sure you’ve taken off any personal data, information you don’t want to be sharing with the public,” said Ricotta. He suggests backing up the phone to an external device. “You want to be sure you can recover data you may want, should it get lost.  External hard drives are something you can keep off-line, much more securely than a cloud server.”  More