I am always shocked when I see how many BlackBerry devices are being sold on eBay. At any point in time, there are over 2,000 actions taking place around BlackBerries. Last week, I got myself a nice Red BlackBerry Pearl on eBay. A couple of days later, I was opening the FedEx package and popping in the battery. The device turned on and I discovered some things maybe the previous owner wouldn’t have wanted me to see…an address book containing about 80 records, many emails and a long call log list.
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I’m a nice guy, so I deleted everything and in this case, nobody was hurt. But imagine if the device belonged to a company and would contain sensitive information? So please, if you plan on selling your device be sure to remove all the data and wipe out your entire device.

How is it done? If you work in a corporation and your BlackBerry is configured with BES, the easiest thing to do is to have the BES admin perform a wipe out of the handheld. Otherwise, there is a menu option on your device to do it yourself:

- Select the Options icon
- Security Options
- General Settings
- In the menu, select “Wipe Handheld”.

Wasn’t too hard? And it might save you a lot of trouble.

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