WASHINGTON, DC (WUSA) -- Heather Feldman likes to have all the new electronics that come out.
"We purchase new electronics all the time because our kids are getting older, they need more electronics." Feldman says.
But, she's not sure how to get rid of the old devices and keep her personal information safe.
She says, "That stuff has your entire life on it."
So, it's important to remove your personal data before you get rid of any electronic device.
"Everything from financial documents to photos, you want to make sure to delete all that information before you give it or sell it anyone," says Consumer Reports' Rich Fisco.
Many tablets have built-in ways to wipe your data. For example, on the iPad go to "Settings," select "General" and look for the "Reset" option.
In the next window, choose "Erase All Content" and "Settings."
A box will appear, hit "Erase" and you're done.
And many newer laptops also have built-in systems. Go to the "Settings" control panel, choose "Change PC Settings," in the next window click on "Recovery."
Under the "Remove Everything" and "Install Windows" heading, click get "Started."
A box comes up, click on "Fully Clean My Drive."
"If you don't have any ways built into the device that can securely wipe the data for you, you're going to have to use a third-party application," Fisco says.
Consumer Reportsrecommends D-Ban. You can download it free at dban.org. It's easy to use to erase al of your personal data.
And, you also want to erase all of your personal information from old phones when you're done with them, even your old gaming systems.