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UPDATED: HTC Droid Incredible keeps screenshots of the sites you visit even after hard reset

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UPDATED: HTC Droid Incredible keeps screenshots of the sites you visit even after hard reset

Boy Genius Report has stumbled upon an eye-rolling bug in the Sense UI bookmark widget on the HTC Droid Incredible. It appears that the culprit is taking random shots of what's on the screen while you browse and tucks them neatly in a folder far, far away, with no easy way out.

It seems like you just can't escape Big Brother these days in one form or another. The privacy issue here stems from the fact that the JPEGs in that folder can only be deleted manually, unlike all normal browsing history which can be purged upon exit or on request. Even hard resetting the device still leaves your browsing footprints intact for the next owner to see, unless you get rid of them with manual labor.

It's good when people pay attention to such details. It gives the manufacturer hints to right the wrongs, considering how many phones run that same UI from HTC. Their users might have never noticed what their widgets do behind their backs.

UPDATE: Some users noted that the issue is with the visual bookmark widget in HTC Sense, which stores screenshots of your most recent visit. However, they are supposed to be stored on the SD card, rather than internal memory as the initial source announced. That is why a hard reset wouldn't delete them, and the issue with having to remove the screenshots manually still stays.

source: Boy Genius Report via Engadget

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posted on 20 Oct 2010, 01:47

1. DJK314 (Posts: 4; Member since: 12 Jul 2009)

You can fix this by deleting .Bookmark_thumb1 folder and create a file on SD named .Bookmark_thumb1 http://translate.google.com/translate?js=y&prev=_t&hl=fr&ie=UTF-8&layout=1&eotf=1&u=http://www.mobi lesmods.com/2010/06/17/pour-les-paranos-du-sense-thumb/&sl=fr&tl=en (French but translate button on the menu)

posted on 17 Jun 2010, 11:10

2. Dark Asgard (Posts: 44; Member since: 01 Apr 2010)

Selling my Htc Droid Incredible, i have 2, Just like new, no scratches comes with 30 paid games on sd card like doodle jump and ashpalt 5, esn will be wiped, comes with case, screen protector and 2gig sd card and reader, will be cleaned, and is in origional packaging. I will post it on ebay, seller will be Dark_Incredible

posted on 17 Jun 2010, 11:56

3. hallfrankg (Posts: 30; Member since: 16 Nov 2009)

They just came out why sell it...? i hope there not stolen or on the HOT list some where...

posted on 17 Jun 2010, 15:21

4. Kblakeshot (Posts: 10; Member since: 05 Jan 2010)

This dude has 0 stars... LOL

posted on 17 Jun 2010, 19:58

5. Dark Asgard (Posts: 44; Member since: 01 Apr 2010)

What stars are you talking about, no its not stolen its mine, oh i have 2, i want the new xbox 360 :) depends if they xbox 360 is great if not im gona get the moto droid

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