HTC Incredible Bug Stores Browser Screenshots Even After Factory Reset

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As incredible as the, err, HTC Incredible may be, there appears to be a pretty serious bug locked in the Sense UI which takes screenshots of the web browser's content, storing them even after a factory reset is done.

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You can imagine how major this could become. Banking history, private messages, even your preference for well-oiled animals could be uncovered if someone knew how to find the jpeg screenshot files. According to the tipster which alerted BGR, the jpegs are saved under a folder by the name of ".bookmark_thumb1," under the "emmec" storage folder. It's not known yet whether this issue is confined to just Incredible phones or other HTC Android devices with the Sense UI, but for the love of all that is sacred—please go and delete these files before selling the phone/giving it away. [BGR]

UPDATE: As several readers pointed out in the comments field, the bug stores screenshots of bookmarked sites only, and as they're stored on the microSD card rather than the ROM, it makes sense they wouldn't be deleted after a factory reset. You wouldn't expect your photos and other media to get deleted from the microSD card, so it figures the screenshots wouldn't either. It makes sense, but it still doesn't make it right.

DISCUSSION

1) Who sells/gives away their phone with the SD card??? That's like selling a used computer with all of my personal settings, favorites, email, documents, pictures and porn, 100% in tact.

Honestly it makes it more secure that it's stored on the SD card, because if you're getting rid of your old phone, you simply pull the SD card, like an intelligent human being and now the next person doesn't have that information BUILT IN to the phone.

2) If it's too personal to have a thumbnail of, it's probably too personal to bookmark, period. If you're going to bookmark your online banking account, bookmark it as the bank's front page. So my bookmark thumbnails show the very top of the front page of CNN, Gizmodo, Facebook, Bank of America, etc.