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Personal info may be left behind on old devices without your knowledge

(Source: WMC Action News 5) (Source: WMC Action News 5)
(WMC) -

You may not realize it, but even if you reset your phone when you sell or trade it, you could still be leaving behind important information.

Things like your home's GPS coordinates, phone numbers and even text messages are left behind on other synced devices.

Security experts point to cars as a good example.

On rental cars or trade-ins, we might sync our phone up, which stores all of our contacts.

Even our home address for maps might be left on the car without realizing it.

Experts warn this could lay out a perfect plan of attack for thieves.

Security professionals suggest turning off bluetooth when you go in to crowded places to avoid accidentally sharing personal information.

They also say you should be careful of what you sync up with and what you share.

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