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I-Team: Before tossing your phone, wipe it clean!

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Many people are now thinking about getting a new cellphone. That's right. A new line of iPhones is coming out and, yes, Christmas shopping is right around the corner.

But, be careful before you toss out or sell your old phone. The I-Team's Dana Fowle has some useful recycling tips to pass along.

Whether you're selling it, donating it or just tossing it out, your phone shouldn't pose a threat to your personal security. There's a short checklist you need to run through before your phone leaves your hands for good.

First, back up your data to either your computer or to the cloud!

Second, cancel your cell service. It sounds like a no-brainer, but  put it on a list so you don't forget to do it.

Next, restore the phone to its factory settings. This will wipe our any traces of personal data, like passwords or music, on the phone.

And, if your phone has a SIM card, be sure take it out of the phone and destroy it. It most cases, it holds quite a bit of your information.

Lastly, double check everything. Make sure your calendar is empty, your history deleted and your photos gone.

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