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Tough mobile phone news - Phone users should format their old devices

After purchasing a tough mobile phone, customers may be tempted to sell their old device. However, according to the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO), one-in-ten second hand hard drives still contain the previous user's personal details.

The ICO purchased 200 mobile phones, laptops and computers from auction sites such as eBay – and found 48% still contained data, while 11% held personal details.

The watchdog stated at least two of the devices contained enough information for someone to steal the previous user's identity.

In a separate study, the ICO found when someone disposes of their old mobile phone, laptop or computer, one in ten people do not even bother to wipe the device.

Christopher Graham, Information Commissioner, warned people were in danger of becoming a soft touch for online fraudsters.

He said, "We live in a world where personal and company information is a highly valuable commodity.

"It is important that people do everything they can to stop their details from falling into the wrong hands."

When purchasing a waterproof or tough mobile phone, make sure to properly format your old device before trying to sell it to other users.