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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 May 14, 2019

8 Replacements for Google Notebook

8 Replacements for Google Notebook

Exploring alternatives to Google Notebook? There are more than a few ‘notebooks’ available online these days, although choosing the right one will likely depend on just what you use Google Notebook for.

  1. Zoho Notebook
    If you want to stick with something as close to Google Notebook as possible, Zoho Notebook may just be your best bet. The user interface has some significant changes, but in general, Zoho Notebook has pretty similar features. There is even a Firefox plugin that allows you to highlight content and drop it into your Notebook. You can go a bit further, though, dropping in any spreadsheets or documents you have in Zoho, as well as some applications and all websites — to the point that you can control a desktop remotely if you pare it with something like Zoho Meeting.
  2. Evernote
    The features that Evernote brings to the table are pretty great. In addition to allowing you to capture parts of a website, Evernote has a desktop search tool mobil versions (iPhone and Windows Mobile). It even has an API, if you’ve got any features in mind not currently available. Evernote offers 40 MB for free accounts — if you’ll need more, the premium version is priced at $5 per month or $45 per year. Encryption, size and whether you’ll see ads seem to be the main differences between the free and premium versions.
  3. Net Notes
    If the major allure for Google Notebooks lays in the Firefox extension, Net Notes might be a good alternative. It’s a Firefox extension that allows you to save notes on websites in your bookmarks. You can toggle the Net Notes sidebar and access your notes as you browse. You can also tag websites. Net Notes works with Mozilla Weave if you need to access your notes from multiple computers.
  4. i-Lighter
    You can highlight and save information from any website while you’re browsing with i-Lighter. You can also add notes to your i-Lighted information, as well as email it or send the information to be posted to your blog or Twitter account. Your notes are saved in a notebook on your computer — but they’re also synchronized to the iLighter website. You can log in to the site from any computer.
  5. Clipmarks
    For those browsers interested in sharing what they find with others, Clipmarks provides a tool to select clips of text, images and video and share them with friends. You can easily syndicate your finds to a whole list of sites such as Facebook, Twitter and Digg. You can also easily review your past clips and use them as references through Clipmarks’ website.
  6. UberNote
    If you can think of a way to send notes to UberNote, it can handle it. You can clip material while browsing, email, IM, text message or even visit the UberNote sites to add notes to the information you have saved. You can organize your notes, tag them and even add checkboxes if you want to turn a note into some sort of task list. You can drag and drop information between notes in order to manage them.
  7. iLeonardo
    iLeonardo treats research as a social concern. You can create a notebook on iLeonardo on a particular topic, collecting information online. You can also access other people’s notebooks. It may not necessarily take the place of Google Notebook — I’m pretty sure my notes on some subjects are cryptic — but it’s a pretty cool tool. You can keep notebooks private if you like the interface but don’t want to share a particular project. iLeonardo does allow you to follow fellow notetakers and receive the information they find on a particular topic.
  8. Zotero
    Another Firefox extension, Zotero started life as a citation management tool targeted towards academic researchers. However, it offers notetaking tools, as well as a way to save files to your notebook. If you do a lot of writing in Microsoft Word or Open Office, Zotero might be the tool for you — it’s integrated with both word processing software to allow you to easily move your notes over, as well as several blogging options. Zotero’s interface is also available in more than 30 languages.

I’ve been relying on Google Notebook as a catch-all for blog post ideas — being able to just highlight information and save it is a great tool for a blogger.

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In replacing it, though, I’m starting to lean towards Evernote. I’ve found it handles pretty much everything I want, especially with the voice recording feature. I’m planning to keep trying things out for a while yet — I’m sticking with Google Notebook until the Firefox extension quits working — and if you have any recommendations that I missed when I put together this list, I’d love to hear them — just leave a comment!

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