How Are You Erasing the Data on Your Mobile Devices?

mobile device managementMore and more people are using smartphones and tablets for their primary workplace computer, causing IT asset managers to take a closer look at their data destruction practices.

This phenomenon is something we’ve discussed on this blog before. Some offices have what’s known as a BYOD – “bring your own device,” while others tell their workers “Choose your own device” (CYOD), letting them pick from a list of preapproved devices.

It’s not something every company has embraced – in fact, some companies ban it. But if your company has a CYOD policy, it’s worth looking at some methods available to erase data from mobile devices.

Hard resets

This term doesn’t mean the same thing for every operating system.

On Apple devices, you have the option to “erase all content and settings” that overwrites the encryption key. Data remains on the device, but it’s encrypted. On Android devices, a hard reset may simply reset settings while leaving user information still readable. The results for Android and Windows devices may depend on the device manufacturer.

Mobile device management

Mobile device management (or MDM) is the practice of administering either company-owned devices or devices workers bring from home. With mobile device management, you’d download an application to a device that allows you to manage them from a central server.

The goal is to make sure devices are as functional as possible, while also keeping your in-house data and your network secure.

And when it comes time to get rid of a device, CWI can help you get the best possible value for them, whether it’s a smartphone, a tablet, or a traditional computer.

We do ask that you disown your device from a device enrollment program such as Apple’s DEP before we work with it.

Once that’s done, we will work on reselling your used IT assets, while also making sure your data is secure, and that any device we can’t sell is disposed of in an environmentally responsible way.

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