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How this Company Can Buy Your Smartphone and Recover Your Private Photos and Data

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Avast recovers private data on phones purchased on eBay that people thought were ‘wiped’.

“This guy was really into anime porn,” says Caroline James, PR manager for Avast, pointing to a spread of papers with pictures of data taken from 20 smartphones purchased on eBay.

The Security Software Firm bought the phones as a test to see what they could find on theoretically “wiped” phones. What they found was a virtual goldmine of information: 40,000 photos — including nudie pics — 750 emails and texts, 250 names and addresses, and even financial information of some users.

The stunt is a part of a marketing and awareness campaign by Avast to get Americans to realize just how insecure their mobile phones are. Avast’s experiment wasn’t exactly advanced hacking, so it may be time we consider securing our smartphones.

[More.](http://venturebeat.com/2014/07/08/avast-bought-your-phone-on-ebay-recovered-what-you-thought-you-wiped/)

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