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Sponsored: Huge mistake people make when they get a new phone

This year’s holiday shopping season is upon us and you know what that means – great smartphone deals are coming your way! And with all the new phone models gracing the market these days, there’s never been a better time to score a new or used smartphone.

Before you get rid of your old phone and activate your new one, there are a few important things that you shouldn’t skip. Not only will these steps protect your data from falling into the wrong hands, they’ll also ensure that your data survives the transition to your new gadget.

First, if you’re selling or trading in your old smartphone, don’t forget to wipe all of its data before you get rid of it. Erasing all your personal data securely from your old gadgets is a necessary step for scrubbing away all the sensitive data that might still be lingering on them. Click here for tips on how to wipe your gadget’s data.

But perhaps more importantly, if you want to keep all your important data and personal files and move them to your new phone, it is imperative that you back up all your data so you can restore it. Backing up properly will not only save you from losing years of your priceless information, it will also help you transition smoothly to your new phone.

Of course, with the popularity of cloud storage services, you can always use your mobile operating system’s default backup systems such as iCloud or iTunes for iOS and Google Drive for Android.

But did you know that there’s an even better and more private way of backing up your data and files?

IDrive mobile backup

Did you know that our sponsor IDrive not only offers a secure and reliable way to backup your computer data, it also provides a great way to backup and restore your smartphone data?

With IDrive’s iOS and Android apps, you can back up all your smartphone’s contacts, calendar events (for iOS), photos and videos securely in the cloud, ready for quick access anywhere.

And with IDrive for Android, you can even backup all your texts, call logs, and every app with a single touch – features that Google Drive doesn’t currently support.

With IDrive’s Universal Backup, you can also back up close to five devices under one account with cross-platform compatibility. This means you can backup your Android files and restore them on a completely different device – say, an iPhone, an iPad, Android or even a PC or a Mac.

This cross-platform compatibility will definitely come in handy if you’re switching from iOS to Android and vice versa. Simply back up your old phone with iDrive then restore your files to the new phone, regardless of operating system.

Anywhere access

With IDrive, you can also view, access and sync all your linked devices’ backup data from anywhere on a computer or a mobile gadget. IDrive even maintains 10 previous versions of all your backed up files so you can go back to a previous version of a document if needed.

Other IDrive features that you can’t get with other backup services include social media content backups (Facebook and Instagram videos and photos), secure Smart Docs and file sharing via Facebook, Twitter or email.

And if privacy is of utmost importance, you’ll be happy to know that IDrive’s data is encrypted with 256-bit AES with an optional user-assigned private key so your data remains secure and away from prying eyes. Click here to see how IDrive puts your data security first.

So remember, if you are planning on getting a new phone this season, don’t forget to backup your old phone’s data and give IDrive a try. Because with IDrive, you can protect not only everything on your phone but on all the tech you own for less than $35 a year.

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