Google to require secure factory reset option in Android 6.0 Marshmallow

Security is a huge deal these days, with all of our personal info online and on our mobile devices. Getting a smartphone stolen is not only a big financial burden, but the information on it could do far worse damage than an extra $800 out of your bank account for a new phone. And when getting rid of a device, just wiping it isn’t enough.

Thankfully, Google is taking security very seriously. With the release of Android 6.0 Marshmallow, Google is now requiring OEMs to include an option for a secure wipe. This will not only perform a logical wipe (which will allow deleted files to be recovered), but also a physical wipe. This will help keep your data safe.

This is now required to use Android 6.0 and Google Play Services, though manufacturers generally offer this feature as it is. But it shows that Google is serious about security, which we can all take comfort in.

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