Having your personal photographs, documents, emails and passwords compromised isn’t always due to a hacker or a scam — if you’re one of 100 former owners of Motorola Xoom tablets resold through Woot.com last year, someone else could be holding your personal information literally in their hands.
The Chicago Tribune says around 100 out of 6,200 refurbished Xoom Wi-Fi tablets resold through the flash sale site between October and December of 2011 may still have data from their first owners on them.
For those consumers whose information may have been compromised with the resale, Motorola Mobility is offering a free two-year membership to a credit monitoring service so they can keep an eye on things. Anyone who bought and then returned a Xoom to Amazon.com, Best Buy, BJ’s Wholesale, eBay, Office Max, Radio Shack, Sam’s Club or Staples between March and October 2011 will get the deal by visiting motorola.com/xoomreturn.
Motorola is also advising original owners to change all their passwords to email and social media accounts. If you reset your tablet to its factory settings before returning it, or returned a Xoom outside of the seven-month time span mentioned, you and any pictures of you in that bikini on vacation should be safe.
Xooms sold on Woot.com may contain previous owners’ data [Chicago Tribune]