How to Securely Wipe Outlook Data From Your Phone

Last Updated Jun 5, 2011 11:32 PM EDT

If you own a smartphone like an Android, iPhone, BlackBerry, or Windows Phone, you already know the PIN you enter whenever you turn it on is designed to prevent data theft if someone gets their hand on your phone. If you enter the wrong code too many times in a row, Outlook will automatically wipe your e-mail from the phone to prevent it from falling into the wrong hands.

But did you know that you can trigger a remote wipe yourself? You don't have to wait for a thief to bungle your code -- if your phone is lost or stolen, it's easy to wipe the device from the comfort of your home or office. Likewise, if you sell or recycle your phone, you should do a wipe on it as well.

It's quite easy to do. Just log into your Outlook Web Access (OWA) account and then click Options, See All Options. In the list of option categories, click Phone. Finally, click Mobile Phones, and you should see all the various mobile devices which are syncing with your Outlook account.

Click the phone and then click Wipe Device.

That's all you need to do -- the wipe will take a few moments, and if you have the phone in your hands when you do the wipe, you can watch it happen right before your eyes.

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