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Ashley Podhradsky from Drexel University in Philadelphia experimented with common tools and applications on a refurbished Xbox 360 and easily grabbed the previous owner's sensitive bits like credit card number, address and real name. She claims Microsoft should do a better job of keeping your credit card numbers secure.

"Microsoft does a great job of protecting their proprietary information," Podhradsky said. "But they don't do a great job of protecting the user's data. Anyone can freely download a lot of this software, essentially pick up a discarded game console, and have someone's identity."

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As per usual, company first, consumer last.
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As per usual, company first, consumer last.

Bingo!, couldn't have put it better myself.
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Same can be done with a computer, or external hard drives.
This is something that has always been up to the end user to make sure of before getting rid of it.

Tho, I understand for the common non-tech savvy user, something needs to be slapped in their face for them to understand. Maybe having an option in the console to do a drive nuke, warn them it will take like, X amount of hours and to just leave it overnight yada yada.
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Microsoft doesn't want people to sell their Xbox. Why would they make it easier to do so?
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I have ideas now frown.gif
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I have ideas now frown.gif

So do I, *goes dumpster diving*
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As per usual, company first, consumer last.

It's not Microsoft's job to hold your hand & babysit you when it comes to your own information. Your information is stored on your harddrive which you sold to someone else.

Ashley Podhradsky from Drexel University in Philadelphia is quoted as saying:
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"When you go and reformat your computer, like a Windows system, it tells you that all of your data will be erased. In actuality that's not accurate - the data is still available."

Which is FALSE. Ashley comes across as the typical anti-Microsoft hater. So much mis-information. At no point in time in history has format said it erases data.
Edited by Jess94 - 3/30/12 at 9:25am
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And it's the same with PS3.
    
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You should see a fax/copy's HDD. Think twice before making a copy of your personal stuff at work.
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