Are you buying a new phone or shiny new laptop at the end of the financial year? If you plan sell, donate or recycle your old computer or phone, make sure not to give away your data with it. This applies to tablets, too.
For a phone or tablet, it is simple. Just go to the menu and find the Reset to Factory Default setting. Selecting this will wipe your data and it’s good to go. For a computer, it is more complicated. Just deleting data or even reformatting the hard drive is not enough. I normally use the free Eraser program from Heidi http://eraser.heidi.ie
Recently though, I encountered a Windows 7 computer which kept claiming Eraser didn’t have permission to run. After trying a few things, I decided to give the free version of CCCleaner a go. It did the job and the shiny, clean old laptop is now ready. CCCleaner is also useful for getting rid of browser histories and cookies and can be found at https://www.piriform.com/ccleaner