2 min read

NCSC Releases Consumer Guide for Purchasing or Selling Second-Hand Devices

Alina BÎZGĂ

January 06, 2021

Ad One product to protect all your devices, without slowing them down.
Free 90-day trial
NCSC Releases Consumer Guide for Purchasing or Selling Second-Hand Devices

The National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) has issued its first guide for citizens buying or selling used internet-enabled devices to prevent criminals from accessing personal information that remains after the format process.

As transactions associated with second-hand devices are expected to rise following the holiday season, the NCSC is keen on spreading awareness to consumers set out to replace, trade or market their used mobile phones, tablets or computers.

“At this time of year many of us take advantage of the pre-owned tech market, either to grab a bargain or cash in on a device we no longer need,” NCSC Deputy Director for Economy and Society Sarah Lyons noted.”We want consumers to make the most of this market, but we also want them to be aware of the risks around security and personal data and what they can do to protect themselves.”

1 in 4 people is likely to be a victim of data breaches. Have you ever been exposed? Find out now with Bitdefender’s Digital Identity Protection.

The guide”s focus is to give shoppers insights into how to safeguard personal and sensitive data before selling or acquiring used devices:

  1. Erase data from devices – the first step before listing your used devices for sale online is to make sure you erase any personal information on the device. On mobile devices, you can delete all of your data by using the factory reset feature. You can also head to the manufacturer”s website for steps on how to erase your information from particular devices. Don”t forget to back up your data and review online accounts accessed using the device you want to get rid of. Link your other devices to any smart gadgets in your home to ensure easy management and access.
  2. Choose a second-hand device wisely – avoid purchasing old devices no longer supported by the manufacturer. Devices that don”t receive updates pose high-security risks and are often exploited by cybercriminals.
  3. Using pre-owned tech – after buying your second-hand device, perform a factory reset or format. Ensure that the previous owner”s data has been erased, including any messages, photos, browsing history, passwords and installed apps.

tags


Author



Right now

Top posts

The Holiday Guide to Tech Support: Fixing the Family Computer

The Holiday Guide to Tech Support: Fixing the Family Computer

November 24, 2021

2 min read
Bitdefender Celebrates 20 Years of Cybersecurity Leadership

Bitdefender Celebrates 20 Years of Cybersecurity Leadership

November 04, 2021

3 min read
Bitdefender Study Reveals How Consumers Like (and Dislike) Managing Passwords

Bitdefender Study Reveals How Consumers Like (and Dislike) Managing Passwords

October 26, 2021

3 min read
What are drive-by download attacks and how do you prevent them?

What are drive-by download attacks and how do you prevent them?

October 25, 2021

2 min read
Criminals Can't Wait to Add Your IoT Device to Their DDoS Networks

Criminals Can't Wait to Add Your IoT Device to Their DDoS Networks

October 22, 2021

2 min read
Six in 10 Consumers Faced a Cyber Threat in 2021, New Bitdefender Study Reveals

Six in 10 Consumers Faced a Cyber Threat in 2021, New Bitdefender Study Reveals

October 20, 2021

3 min read

FOLLOW US ON

SOCIAL MEDIA


You might also like

Common Credentials Criminals Use in IoT Dictionary Attacks Revealed Common Credentials Criminals Use in IoT Dictionary Attacks Revealed
Silviu STAHIE

November 30, 2021

3 min read
Interpol Busts 1,000 Cyber Crooks and Recovers $27M in Massive Fraud Crackdown Interpol Busts 1,000 Cyber Crooks and Recovers $27M in Massive Fraud Crackdown
Filip TRUȚĂ

November 29, 2021

2 min read
Social media firms will be forced to unmask online trolls, says Australia Social media firms will be forced to unmask online trolls, says Australia
Graham CLULEY

November 29, 2021

2 min read