Week­end Project

How to set up a sec­ond-hand de­vice

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If you’re not both­ered about own­ing the very lat­est cut­ting- edge tech, or if money’s tight and you en­joy the thrill of a bar­gain, snapping up a sec­ond- hand PC or smart­phone can save you a small for­tune. Buy­ing a used de­vice is not with­out risk, how­ever. If the seller hasn’t taken steps to prop­erly wipe it, you could end up with their per­sonal data or, worse still, some form of mal­ware which could end up steal­ing your per­sonal data.

In this is­sue’s Week­end Project, we de­tail the steps you need to take to make sure that your new pur­chase isn’t en­cum­bered with any un­wanted left­overs, so it’s com­pletely safe to use.

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