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How to Completely Erase Data to Avoid Privacy Leak on your iPhone

How to Completely Erase Data to Avoid Privacy Leak on your iPhone

If you’re thinking of selling or trading in your current iPhone ahead of the iPhone 6S’s release, you probably know that you’ll need to wipe your device before a buyer can use it free and clear. Prepping an iPhone for resale used to be almost as easy as hitting a “reset” button in the iPhone’s settings menu. But does a factory reset really erase all your data permanently? Privacy should be a concern to everyone. It is very important to erase the sensitive data from iPhone, iPad or iPod before selling it out to a stranger. So I headed off to Google and searched for what is most ideal for me.

The general method to erase all iPhone data is a factory reset.

To erase your iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch, launch the Settings app from the Home screen of your iPhone or iPad, tap General, scroll all the way to the bottom and tap on Reset, then “Erase All content and Settings“. Tap on Erase iPhone again to confirm, enter your passcode, and enter your Apple ID password to turn off Activate lock and deactivate“Find my iPhone” if enabled).

Once the wiping process is complete, you might think that setup as a new device, restore from a different backup, or give or sell your device to someone else without worries.

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That is not the long and short of it since I wanted more than simply being assured that it is okay.

The truth is that I later discovered that performing Factory resets on iPhone are simply not enough to remove your data. You need more. And perhaps a professional destroyer would do so as to ensure your information is safe regardless of whose hand it later falls into.

Highly effective way to Permanently erase Data From iPhone

iMyfone Umate Pro(available for Mac and Windows)  is one of the best tools to completely overwrite the original contents of your iPhone to make it permanently deleted. It utilizes 3 “erase mode” to delete your various data permanently. With this software, you can be rest assured that your data will not get into the wrong hands especially even if the phone is sold or even if iPhone data recovery software is used on it. Any data erased by iMyfone Umate Pro is permanently deleted.

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Moreover, there are three security levels for data wiping: low, medium, high level, you can choose the mode suitable for you. The whole erasing process takes more time for a higher level.

Follow the below steps to erase all content and settings iPhone:

1: Download and run iMyfone Umate Pro from the given link [Windows| Mac]on your computer, then connect your iPhone.

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2: Choose the mode “Erase All Data”.

3: Click the button Erase, the program will start to analyzing your device. Please do not disconnect your device during the scan.

  1. When the scan is finished, start erasing the data.Type Delete into the box that appears and confirms your intention.

The erasing process will take some time, so you’d better grab a coffee and do not operate your iPhone during the process, When the process is gone, then your private data is completely gone and can’t be recovered by any data recovery tool, even iMyfone’s D-Back.

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Please be noted that “Find my iPhone” must be disabled in order to make the erasing process to be successful. Head over to Settings -> iCloud-> Find My iPhone-> Switch Find My iPhone to Off-> Enter your Apple ID password to turn off.

If you think it’s overkill to wiping your iPhone completely, you can selectively erase certain files to make sure they are completely gone by moving forward to “Erase Deleted Files” or “Eraser Private Data”.

Functional Features Offered by the software

  • Erase all kinds of iPhone files, including messages, photos, videos, contacts, Safari history etc
  • Find and erase previously deleted files permanently
  • Permanently delete current iPhone data so that it cannot be restored
  • Completely erase all data on iPhone to make it as a new one
  • 1-click to clear up your iPhone to save huge space for your iPhone

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Last Updated on February 15, 2019

7 Tools to Help Keep Track of Goals and Habits Effectively

7 Tools to Help Keep Track of Goals and Habits Effectively

Now that 2011 is well underway and most people have fallen off the bandwagon when it comes to their New Year’s resolutions (myself included), it’s a good time to step back and take an honest look at our habits and the goals that we want to achieve.

Something that I have learned over the past few years is that if you track something, be it your eating habits, exercise, writing time, work time, etc. you become aware of the reality of the situation. This is why most diet gurus tell you to track what you eat for a week so you have an awareness of the of how you really eat before you start your diet and exercise regimen.

Tracking daily habits and progress towards goals is another way to see reality and create a way for you clearly review what you have accomplished over a set period of time. Tracking helps motivate you too; if I can make a change in my life and do it once a day for a period of time it makes me more apt to keep doing it.

So, if you have some goals and habits in mind that need tracked, all you need is a tracking tool. Today we’ll look at 7 different tools to help you keep track of your habits and goals.

Joe’s Goals

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    Joe’s Goals is a web-based tool that allows users to track their habits and goals in an easy to use interface. Users can add as many goals/habits as they want and also check multiple times per day for those “extra productive days”. Something that is unique about Joe’s Goals is the way that you can keep track of negative habits such as eating out, smoking, etc. This can help you visualize the good things that you are doing as well as the negative things that you are doing in your life.

    Joe’s Goals is free with a subscription version giving you no ads and the “latest version” for $12 a year.

    Daytum

      Daytum

      is an in depth way of counting things that you do during the day and then presenting them to you in many different reports and groups. With Daytum you can add several different items to different custom categories such as work, school, home, etc. to keep track of your habits in each focus area of your life.

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      Daytum is extremely in depth and there are a ton of settings for users to tweak. There is a free version that is pretty standard, but if you want more features and unlimited items and categories you’ll need Daytum Plus which is $4 a month.

      Excel or Numbers

        If you are the spreadsheet number cruncher type and the thought of using someone else’s idea of how you should track your habits turns you off, then creating your own Excel/Numbers/Google spreadsheet is the way to go. Not only do you have pretty much limitless ways to view, enter, and manipulate your goal and habit data, but you have complete control over your stuff and can make it private.

        What’s nice about spreadsheets is you can create reports and can customize your views in any way you see fit. Also, by using Dropbox, you can keep your tracker sheets anywhere you have a connection.

        Evernote

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          I must admit, I am an Evernote junky, mostly because this tool is so ubiquitous. There are several ways you can implement habit/goal tracking with Evernote. You won’t be able to get nifty reports and graphs and such, but you will be able to access your goal tracking anywhere your are, be it iPhone, Android, Mac, PC, or web. With Evernote you pretty much have no excuse for not entering your daily habit and goal information as it is available anywhere.

          Evernote is free with a premium version available.

          Access or Bento

            If you like the idea of creating your own tracker via Excel or Numbers, you may be compelled to get even more creative with database tools like Access for Windows or Bento for Mac. These tools allow you to set up relational databases and even give you the option of setting up custom interfaces to interact with your data. Access is pretty powerful for personal database applications, and using it with other MS products, you can come up with some pretty awesome, in depth analysis and tracking of your habits and goals.

            Bento is extremely powerful and user friendly. Also with Bento you can get the iPhone and iPad app to keep your data anywhere you go.

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            You can check out Access and the Office Suite here and Bento here.

            Analog Bonus: Pen and Paper

            All these digital tools are pretty nifty and have all sorts of bells and whistles, but there are some people out there that still swear by a notebook and pen. Just like using spreadsheets or personal databases, pen and paper gives you ultimate freedom and control when it comes to your set up. It also doesn’t lock you into anyone else’s idea of just how you should track your habits.

            Conclusion

            I can’t necessarily recommend which tool is the best for tracking your personal habits and goals, as all of them have their quirks. What I can do however (yes, it’s a bit of a cop-out) is tell you that the tool to use is whatever works best for you. I personally keep track of my daily habits and personal goals with a combo Evernote for input and then a Google spreadsheet for long-term tracking.

            What this all comes down to is not how or what tool you use, but finding what you are comfortable with and then getting busy with creating lasting habits and accomplishing short- and long-term goals.

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