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500 Million Android Devices At Risk Thanks To Factory Reset Glitch

Hugo Barra, vice president Android product management at Google, displays the new Nexus 7 tablet on Wednesday, July 24, 2013,
Hugo Barra, vice president Android product management at Google, displays the new Nexus 7 tablet on Wednesday, July 24, 2013, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

One of the most important things to do before selling or giving away a used smartphone is to wipe the device clean. After all, the last thing anyone wants is for a complete stranger to have access to all of their personal data. Unfortunately for Android users, researchers from Cambridge University recently discovered that performing a data wipe on Android devices doesn’t clear the device as one would expect.

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