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I have always been nervous about syncing my contacts and pictures to my iPod because they would be accessible by other people if I ever lost it, or it was stolen. I also have never sold a used iPod for the same reason. That is why […]

I have always been nervous about syncing my contacts and pictures to my iPod because they would be accessible by other people if I ever lost it, or it was stolen. I also have never sold a used iPod for the same reason.

That is why I was excited when Steve Jobs announced at the keynote that iPhone 3G would allow enterprise users to remote wipe their devices. I think that is a great idea, especially for enterprise users.

AppleInsider is reporting that the software update for iPhone 2.0 (and presumably iPod Touch) will allow users to securely delete all their files like you securely delete your trash on your Mac. You will be able to get to the secure delete function the same way you get to the “Erase all content ad settings” now: Settings > General > Reset > Erase All Contents and Settings.

According to Apple, the software that will allow this will be released with the new iPhone on July 11th.

It will take you longer to secure wipe your phone, about an hour. It will securely delete your data, so if you are upgrading to an iPhone 3G, make sure that you upgrade after the software update to securely delete everything from your phone.

  1. [...] iPhone users are in luck!  the software update 2.0 will have a erase all feature that will securely remove that sensitive data off your phone! read more here. [...]

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  2. I sold a 4 GB phone, used the Erase All Data feature (in the 3.0 software), but did not see a “secure delete” feature. Or is that inferred by the warnings when you choose that? It really wants to make sure you really want to do that.

    I was concerned about data on the SIM though, I don’t think the iPhone software does anything to it. Does anyone know?

    Tom

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