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SSCS explains how to delete information from your phone so that the occupiers are unable to recover it

13.07.2022, 16:14
Photo: shpalta.media
Photo: shpalta.media

The State Service for Special Communications and Information Protection of Ukraine recommended several ways to delete files and information from your phone so that the occupiers are unable to recover it.

One option is to delete individual files manually.

To do this, you need to select the file and tap the "Delete" button. After that, empty the trash bin through the file manager, because deleted files can be stored in it for up to 30 days. However, even the data deleted in this way can still be recovered. Therefore, the State Special Communications Service advises to additionally use so-called shredders – programs that enable you to permanently erase files; such programs can be found in your phone's application store.

Another option for deleting data from a smartphone is resetting the system to factory settings. "This method can be used as a last resort, when other options are unavailable for some reason. After all, in this case, absolutely all data and files will be deleted from the phone with no way of recovering them. But keep in mind that a completely empty phone can also raise suspicions among the occupiers," the message reads.

How to reset the system to factory settings:

Android: Go to Settings > select General management > tap Reset > tap Factory reset (menu names may vary slightly depending on the phone model).

iOS: Choose Settings > General > Transfer or Reset iPhone > Erase All Content and Settings.

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