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local wipe

Contributor(s): Ivy Wigmore

Local wipe, also known as auto-wipe, is deletion of a device's data which is initiated by software on the device itself, rather than through remote administration.  

As a security feature, local wipe may be automatically conducted in response to a number of failed login attempts or if the device is moved outside of the geographical area in which its use is approved (see: geofencing). Although the device wipe can also be remotely initiated, remote wipe relies upon the user connecting to the corporate server, which is unlikely in the event of a stolen device. 

Enterprise wipe , an alternative security feature, deletes only the settings, user data, applications and application data that were previously installed by the device's mobile device management (MDM) software, leaving user data intact.

This was last updated in December 2013

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