Question- Cannot wipe broken Phone, OK to sell?

Discussion in 'iPhone Tips, Help and Troubleshooting' started by ScubaCinci, Aug 24, 2016.

  1. ScubaCinci macrumors 65816

    ScubaCinci

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    Hi,

    I've searched around but haven't seen an answer to this (though it's likely more subjective than objective).

    Long story short my phone met with a very wet demise. It's dead. I'm sure of it. I pulled it apart and let it dry for a week and it's still dead. I'm thinking about selling it for parts but I cannot wipe the data from the phone. Obviously, if someone gets it working again (or puts the flash memory in a working device) there are safeguards against them accessing my data but nothing is foolproof.
    So my question is, how much of a risk am I taking in selling this for parts without wiping the data off the device first? Since it's flash memory, it should be more secure than a spinning platter drive but I'm not technical enough in the physical electronics and hacking to gauge the risk.

    Oh, I know about ebay scams where people claim they didn't receive it, yada, yada. I'm specifically asking about a data privacy risk.
     
  2. Gav2k macrumors G3

    Gav2k

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    Hop on iCloud and lock the device set it to lost mode and sell away.
     
  3. ScubaCinci thread starter macrumors 65816

    ScubaCinci

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    Cincinnati OH
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    Thanks...I did do that much at least. Is that based off of the device ID or the sim card though? I'm assuming the device ID but even then, they could turn it on to access data without connecting to any cellular/Wi-Fi network I would think. Never dealt with a broken/lost device before...I've been fortunate.
     

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