Wiping devices

These instructions document how to wipe the data from various devices.

Android

  1. Plug the phone in so that it does not loose power during this process.
  2. Reset the device by selecting SettingsBackupFactory data reset.
  3. When the phone restarts, follow the initialization steps, skipping the ones that are not required. Elect to associate a password with the screen lock. Use a very strong password such as a sequence of random characters.
  4. Encrypt the device by selecting SettingsSecurityEncrypt phone. This will prevent someone from recovering deleted data.
  5. Reset the device again by selecting SettingsBackupFactory data reset.

iPad

  1. Plug the iPad in so that it does not loose power during this process.
  2. Reset the device by selecting SettingsGeneralReset. Select Erase All Content and Settings.
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W. Michael Petullo

My research interests include free and open source software, system security, and network security.