What's on your personal computer? Your name, your bank account, even your credit-card information. Same with your phone. And recycling electronic devices without erasing that info is asking for trouble. "You're literally giving your personal information out to the criminal world." The best way to protect yourself -erase your personal data. On the iPhone it's easy. Go to "Settings." Click on "General" … then press "Reset" and select "Erase All Content and Settings." Consumer Reports' computer expert Dean Gallea says erasing info on Android phones is a little more complicated. Usually you go to 'Settings,' and choose 'Privacy.' Then you have to consult the manual online for the next steps. To erase a personal computer, you need to download software. A good choice is from D-BAN-dot-org. "You download the software and put it onto a CD. Then you put the CD into the computer's disc drive and follow the instructions to erase the hard drive's contents." With Apple computers, the original operating-system DVD comes with software to erase your files. Paul Reynolds "You put it into the computer's disc drive. And you reboot it, holding down the 'C' key during startup." Once the computer's booted up, choose "Utilities," then "Disc Utility." Select "Hard Drive," then hit "Erase." If you think you don't have enough time to wipe your device, think again. Larry Daniel "Criminal enterprises live off of personal data. They love a hard drive that they can get their hands on." ."