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Most used smartphones and PDAs for sale online are loaded with sensitive data ranging from banking records to corporate emails that can easily be retrieved by hackers and data thieves, it was alleged today.
According to a sampling by mobile security software provider Trust Digital, much of this sensitive information is retained in the Flash memory of the devices because of a widespread failure to perform the advanced hard reset required to delete data.
The hx4700 was originally released with Windows Mobile 2003 which only has the soft and hard reset option. Recently HP released a Windows Mobile 5.0 upgrade where they finally built in the option for a clean reset. I guess most devices for sale on auction sites are with the original WM2003 though.