‘Restore used phones to factory settings before selling’

Abu Dhabi

The police on Saturday advised people to reset their used phones to factory settings before selling them to avoid misuse by fraudsters.


To prevent misuse of data and pictures, the Abu Dhabi Police said, people must erase the data by restoring the phones to factory settings before selling them online or to shops.

The police also advised people not to rely on mobile shops or outsiders to create data backups for images, personal videos and all private correspondence, which may be abused or used for blackmail.

The police did not reveal the reasons for this advisory.

Colonel Omran Ahmad Al Mazrouei, Director of Criminal Investigations Department. however, said the police want to make people aware of e-crime dangers and enhance security awareness among residents.

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