Deactivating Old Mobile Devices: 8 Best Practices in a BYOD World

By Jeffrey Burt  |  Posted 2013-12-20

According to the Consumer Electronics Association, 74 percent of consumers who will buy gifts this holiday season intend to purchase consumer electronics, and will spend 33 percent of their overall holiday gift budgets on these devices. Overall, spending on consumer electronics will grow 2.6 percent during the holiday season, the group said. A lot of people will be getting new smartphones and tablets, with many of these devices replacing older devices and systems like laptops. In this age of growing worker mobility and bring-your-own-device (BYOD), with employees using their own systems for work and play, replacing these devices is more than simply stuffing them into drawers or closets. Many are carrying company secrets and personal information. In this eWEEK slide show, David Lingenfelter, information security officer at enterprise mobility management vendor Fiberlink, offers some tips about how to deactivate outdated devices, especially if they're being used for both business and personal use.


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