Protect against identity fraud when recycling old mobiles

18 December 2009 — 4:50 PM

Make sure you do not become a victim of identity fraud

Those who are considering replacing an old mobile with a new one - or who are lucky enough to receive a new handset for Christmas - may wish to take measures to protect their identity before they send their old items away to be recycled.

According to the Daily Green, recycling mobile phones is an important way to cut down on the amount of e-waste people emit.

However, it is important to delete personal information from these devices before sending them away, as this could help to reduce the risk of identity theft.

It suggested using a free mobile phone eraser tool, available from Recellular, or purchasing wipe software if people are disposing of computers.

Those who are thinking about recycling their old handsets may also be interested in opting for an eco-friendly model as their next mobile of choice.

Other ways to be green with a new handset include opting for rechargeable batteries, or choosing one made of biodegradable or recycled materials.

Two new handsets from Sony Ericsson - the Elm and the Hazel - are eco-friendly and the manufacturer has noted that both phones offer social networking functions.

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