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Naked Pics Can Be Retrieved From Factory Re-Set Phones. Really

A Czech-Republic based security firm (Avast), have ruined everybody’s fun by pointing out that, even when your old phone is subject to a full ‘factory re-set’, those ‘special pictures’ your lover sent you can actually be retrieved by a third party.

Now, I imagine that there are two types of people reading this article:

People who are now wondering if their naked selfies are being perved over by complete strangers at this very moment (it is possible, I’m afraid).

…And the people who are expectantly clutching their second-hand phones and waiting for me to get to the bit where I explain how to obtain these pictures (shame on you, but hang in there, we’ll get to it in a bit!).

Well, whichever you are, you should know that the firm used publicly available forensic technology to extract, not only naked selfies, but ALL SORTS of other data from second hand phones they purchased on eBay (however, they were clearly most excited about the selfies – computer nerds don’t get out much, after all).

According to experts, the only way to PERMANENTLY delete these images from your phone is to destroy your phone.

Now, if you’re the smug type of reader, who thinks ‘I never took a naked selfie, so I’m in the clear’…Well, I’m here to tell you that you may be facing an even more embarrassing problem than that of a stranger on the Internet getting a gander at your goodies, because other data extracted from the test phones included texts, emails and Google search data.

I’m also here to tell you that you’re a pretty boring person.

I’ll bet you wish they’d been distracted by your bits now, don’t you?

Of the 20 phones examined by Avast, about 40,000 photos were extracted and about 750 of them depicted women in the nip (or near to it), whilst 250 or so depicted (to quote Avast) “the previous user’s manhood”.

According to Avast, “Deleting files from your Android phone before selling it or giving it away is not enough. You need to overwrite your files, making them irretrievable.”

Even then, older smartphones sometimes only erase the indexing of the data and not the data itself. To make matters worse, the tools required to retrieve this data can be easily downloaded from the Internet (and no, I’m not telling you where!)

So, the moral of the story appears to be that, if you want to continue getting those ‘special messages’ from that ‘special someone’ then for Pete’s sake…Don’t show them this article.

SOURCES

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-28264446

Naked Pics Can Be Retrieved From Factory Re-Set Phones. Really

A Czech-Republic based security firm (Avast), have ruined everybody’s fun by pointing out that, even when your old phone is subject to a full ‘factory re-set’, those ‘special pictures’ your lover sent you can actually be retrieved by a third party.

Now, I imagine that there are two types of people reading this article:

People who are now wondering if their naked selfies are being perved over by complete strangers at this very moment (it is possible, I’m afraid).

…And the people who are expectantly clutching their second-hand phones and waiting for me to get to the bit where I explain how to obtain these pictures (shame on you, but hang in there, we’ll get to it in a bit!).

Well, whichever you are, you should know that the firm used publicly available forensic technology to extract, not only naked selfies, but ALL SORTS of other data from second hand phones they purchased on eBay (however, they were clearly most excited about the selfies – computer nerds don’t get out much, after all).

According to experts, the only way to PERMANENTLY delete these images from your phone is to destroy your phone.

Now, if you’re the smug type of reader, who thinks ‘I never took a naked selfie, so I’m in the clear’…Well, I’m here to tell you that you may be facing an even more embarrassing problem than that of a stranger on the Internet getting a gander at your goodies, because other data extracted from the test phones included texts, emails and Google search data.

I’m also here to tell you that you’re a pretty boring person.

I’ll bet you wish they’d been distracted by your bits now, don’t you?

Of the 20 phones examined by Avast, about 40,000 photos were extracted and about 750 of them depicted women in the nip (or near to it), whilst 250 or so depicted (to quote Avast) “the previous user’s manhood”.

According to Avast, “Deleting files from your Android phone before selling it or giving it away is not enough. You need to overwrite your files, making them irretrievable.”

Even then, older smartphones sometimes only erase the indexing of the data and not the data itself. To make matters worse, the tools required to retrieve this data can be easily downloaded from the Internet (and no, I’m not telling you where!)

So, the moral of the story appears to be that, if you want to continue getting those ‘special messages’ from that ‘special someone’ then for Pete’s sake…Don’t show them this article.

SOURCES

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-28264446

Tech We’d Like To See: The Dead Actor’s Studio

Imagine a young Marlon Brando starring alongside Johnny Depp, or Audrey Hepburn playing rival to Sandra Bullock as Marilyn Monroe stops by for a catty cameo.

Depending on how you look at it, this is either tantalizing ‘fantasy film making’ or else an utterly horrible, cash-in exercise in Hollywood excess. Whatever your viewpoint, it does seem likely that someone, somewhere will try this in the near future.

About three years ago, the news broke that George Lucas, the genius behind the ‘Star Wars’ merchandise (and a couple of related movies), was buying up the likeness rights to a plethora of iconic, yet deceased, leading men and famous actresses from Hollywood’s golden age. His plan? To use a concoction of existing footage, CGI and motion capture to create reasonable facsimiles of classic Hollywood stars and have them appear in future films, despite the notable handicap of being, well, dead. … Read More

what are mp3 audio files

I am a vinyl fan. You’ve never heard of most of my favourite bands, and if you have, you won’t like them. Modern music leaves me extremely cold. I’m a fan of most styles, but the current production methods (lets bury everything under a million layers of random sounds just because we can, then we’ll get rid of all background sound and make everything pitch-perfect and soulless) are lost on me. 

As you can imagine, I came to MP3 rather late. For the longest time I wandered around with a portable CD player in my pocket that skipped if I moved even a step too fast. It ran on batteries that would run out regularly and was, generally, a pain. However, I persevered with it because I’m a compulsive music addict. The rock, blues, folk and reggae tunes I listen to daily are the soundtrack to my life.  … Read More

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