Monday, December 9 2013 6:37 PM EST2013-12-09 23:37:59 GMT
The IU School of Medicine has released the official request for proposal for,"the development of a multi-institutional academic health, science and research center in Evansville, Indiana."The RFP includesMore >>
The IU School of Medicine has released the official request for proposal for,"the development of a multi-institutional academic health, science and research center in Evansville, Indiana."More >>
Monday, December 9 2013 5:34 PM EST2013-12-09 22:34:19 GMT
EVANSVILLE, IN (WFIE) – Police are reporting a flatbed lumber semi-truck has overturned on NB I-164 between Lynch & Morgan. Police are reporting the driver is out of the truck, and seems to be okay. PoliceMore >>
A flatbed lumber semi-truck that overturned on NB I-164 between Lynch & Morgan has now been up righted. More >>
Pope Francis has been selected by Time magazine as the Person of the Year.More >>
Time magazine selected Pope Francis as its Person of the Year on Wednesday, saying the Catholic Church's new leader has changed the perception of the 2,000-year-old institution in an extraordinary way in a short time.More >>
EVANSVILLE, IN (WFIE) -
If you don't want your old cell phone or tablet computer anymore, chances are someone out there does.
Used devices are for sale right now on sites like Ebay and Craigslist, and they are loaded with forgotten data. What kind of data? The kind identify thieves would love to have. We checked out three smart-devices to see what we could find.
The days of one family sharing a home desktop computer are long gone. Now, many of us are walking around with mini-computers in our pockets. Devices that search the web, take pictures, upload documents, amassing heaps of information about you. As we found out, that info may stick around long after you ditch your device.
For most of us, April 30 was just an ordinary Tuesday, but for Evansville's Jordan Helms, it was the day his car payment was due. He's been making that payment online on his iPad for the last three years. As well as submitting homework assignments, and downloading apps, this iPad is a running record of Jordan's life.
14 News found Jordan right before he put that iPad up for sale.
Myrtle from Owensboro is a former Deputy Jailer who knows about keeping things locked up. She has a Motorola Android Smart Phone, loaded with texts, photos, and a lengthy Internet search history.
"Whenever I didn't have home internet, I used it to long onto my computer," says Myrtle. "So anything I have done on my computer would also show up on my phone as well."
We also met her right before she put her device for up for sale.
14 News acquired a company issued cell phone that belonged to a woman who left her job, but left her mobile device and its contents behind.
We brought all of the devices to Software Engineer Max Haddan, who went looking for private information; the kind of information that is stolen 19 times a minute across the U.S. according to the Federal Trade Commission. Information that can be used to assume control of your current accounts, open new ones, even buy a horse or a car. The list goes on.
"There are lots of programs that make it easier and easier for people to find that type of information," says Haddan.
We gave Max a week to see what he could find. Some of the devices had been factory reset; some had just been manually deleted. Here's what he found.
"The first device was an iPad, first generation," says Max. "It was factory reset so I wasn't able to access anything."
As for Myrtle's smartphone:
"The second device is a Motorola Android Device," says Max. "Whenever I tried to access the information, there wasn't any available."
It too had been restored to factory settings. But what about the work-issued phone?
"At first glance, there wasn't any information, but whenever I looked deeper into the phone's storage, I was able to find some personal information," says Haddan.
In a matter of minutes, Max was able to figure out passwords, and access sensitive files like their previous user's mortgage statement. He also found an electronic check stub with her year-to-date income. Then, there was the back-up contacts list with the cell phone numbers and addresses of 88 of her closest friends.
A virtual gold mine if in the wrong hands.
"You can't just delete the data on the phone, you actually have to go into the settings and select the factory reset option in order to completely wipe all of the data off the phone instead of just deleting the individual files, which doesn't delete the files in reality," says Max.
If all of this seems frightening to you, you could just trying smashing the device with a sledgehammer. It might just be the one way to make sure your information absolutely will not fall into the wrong hands.
There are several toxic chemicals in electronic device that can contaminate ground water, so you might consider recycling your old phones and tablets.
These are three locations in Evansville that will collect used phones and tablets:
Best Buy 6300 E Lloyd Expressway Evansville, IN 47715 812-471-2817
You can also visit the Federal Trade Commission's website if you're worried about identity theft. There you will find a step-by-step guide on how to repair your credit and also sample letters a victim would send to a bank to help limit the damage caused by identity theft.
Tuesday, December 10 2013 9:08 PM EST2013-12-11 02:08:16 GMT
An Evansville mother is facing several child neglect charges. Police say a tip lead them to 29-year-old Jessica Pate's home on Jackson Avenue. Officers say during a search of her home they found threeMore >>
An Evansville mother is facing several child neglect charges.More >>
Tuesday, December 10 2013 3:59 PM EST2013-12-10 20:59:50 GMT
On Monday December 9, 2013 at 12:20 pm the North Canton Police Department responded to 1161 North Main Street Lot 16, to investigate a report of the possibility of infant skeletal remains found in aMore >>
An investigation is underway after the skeletal remains of two infants were found in a North Canton mobile home.
Cops were called to the mobile home on North Main Street just before 12:30 p.m. on Monday.
Monday, December 9 2013 8:17 PM EST2013-12-10 01:17:55 GMT
The country music star who set the standard for live concert production in the 1990s is back. Garth Brooks is ready to tour the world again, and he's taking his whole band with him. Brooks remains theMore >>
The country music star who set the standard for live concert production in the 1990s is back. Garth Brooks is ready to tour the world, and he's taking his whole band with him.More >>
Tuesday, December 10 2013 9:35 PM EST2013-12-11 02:35:35 GMT
Voting is almost over in a special election in Western Kentucky. The election is to fill the 7th House District seat vacated when Representative John Arnold stepped down. The district covers all of UnionMore >>
The polls closed at 6 Tuesday night, and results show a winner in the election for the 7th District House seat. More >>
Tuesday, December 10 2013 8:21 PM EST2013-12-11 01:21:35 GMT
Top-selling frozen pizza brand DiGiorno and its cheese supplier are cutting ties with a Wisconsin dairy farm after an animal rights group released video showing workers beating, kicking, stabbing andMore >>
Top-selling frozen pizza brand DiGiorno and its cheese supplier are cutting ties with a Wisconsin dairy farm after an animal rights group released video showing workers beating, kicking, stabbing and whipping sick and injured cows.
Wednesday, December 11 2013 8:41 AM EST2013-12-11 13:41:37 GMT
HENDERSON, KY (WFIE) – Two students at Henderson High School is facing expulsion after the school says "serious horseplay" occurred on other students. According to Henderson School District Public InformationMore >>
Two students at Henderson High School are facing expulsion after the school says "serious horseplay" occurred on other students.More >>
Tuesday, December 10 2013 9:51 PM EST2013-12-11 02:51:15 GMT
Officials with the EVSC say schools will operate on a two-hour delay on Wednesday. When on a two-hour delay, all schools and programs will begin two hours later than their normal time, with the followingMore >>
When on a two-hour delay, all schools and programs will begin two hours later than their normal time, with the following exceptions:More >>
Tuesday, December 10 2013 11:38 PM EST2013-12-11 04:38:05 GMT
The Indiana State Board of Education is hearing from EVSC officials Tuesday night on why Glenwood Leadership Academy should stay open and under the school corporation's control. EVSC Superintendent DavidMore >>
A sixth consecutive 'F' grade could be facing Evansville's Glenwood Leadership Academy and that could force the state to take drastic action. More >>
Tuesday, December 10 2013 11:54 PM EST2013-12-11 04:54:32 GMT
(RNN) - Gil Brandt of NFL.com and ESPN radio host Paul Finebaum are reporting that Alabama's Nick Saban is in contract negotiations with the university for a contract extension that would pay him $7 millionMore >>
Reports are swirling that Alabama football coach Nick Saban has a contract extension on his desk from Alabama. Meanwhile, conflicting reports coming from Texas say that coach Mack Brown may be on his way out this week. More >>
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