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If you return a PC to a store-FACTORY RESET IT!!!

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    If you return a PC to a store-FACTORY RESET IT!!!


    An informative article I found at ars technical:

    How Best Buy’s computer-wiping error turned me into an amateur blackhat

    I always get a little thrill opening a new gadget. The computer looked like it had never been touched and all the paperwork was still in sealed bags. There was even a slip of paper in the box with the ID of the tech who cleaned and certified the unit.

    So it surprised me when I booted up and saw someone else’s name and Hotmail address at the login prompt. So much for like-new!

    As I stared at the full name and e-mail address of the previous owner—let’s call him David—I wondered. Could I get into this computer another way? It was mine after all. And how much more could I learn about him? How bad of a mistake had the store made?
    How to Reset Windows 8 and Windows 8.1
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    This is going to be an even bigger problem with Smart Phones, with their high turn-around rates and the fact people are rather blasé about mobile phone security for some bizarre reason. And Windows phones being one of the worse, as they don't allow consumers to turn on Bitlocker even if they want to.
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    Trying to Sith things out
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    Quote Originally Posted by ARC1020 View Post
    This is going to be an even bigger problem with Smart Phones, with their high turn-around rates and the fact people are rather blasé about mobile phone security for some bizarre reason. And Windows phones being one of the worse, as they don't allow consumers to turn on Bitlocker even if they want to.
    Awesome point!!!
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If you return a PC to a store-FACTORY RESET IT!!!
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