Holiday Safety Tips from Your Ramona Sheriff’s Station: Safely Recycling Your Old Cell Phone and Computer
By Barbara Wallace
Did you receive a new cell phone or computer this holiday season? What are you going to do with your old equipment? Your Sheriff’s Station urges you take some simple precautions to avoid becoming a victim of identity theft:
1. Safeguard your personal phone book by removing the SIMS Card from inside your phone. It contains all of the numbers you have called. Simply open the back of the phone and locate the small postage size plastic card and remove it. If you can’t do it, visit any cell phone business and they can assist you.
2. You can donate your used phone (and charger, if you have it) to the Ramona High School Parent-Teacher-Student Association by dropping it in the recycling box located in the high school’s Administrative Office. They will use the recycling profit to support PTSA activities.
3. Before you dispose of your old computer, be sure to remove the internal hard drive and make it inoperable. If you don’t know how to remove it, a local computer technician can assist you. Be sure to take the hard drive with you or personally observe the destruction of the device. Remember that the hard drive records information such as account numbers, user names, passwords, and other personal information.
If you have any questions about preventing identity theft, call Crime Prevention Specialist Barbara Wallace at the station, 760-738-2425.
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