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Here’s some free advice for 2023: Delete all your personal information — and sexual content — from your electronic devices before donating them to Goodwill.

A German TikToker, who goes by the name @dankeunextgay on the platform, is going viral for detailing the juicy documents and photos he claims to have found on a $15 Apple Time Capsule he allegedly purchased from the thrift retailer.

In his Dec. 14 video, the TikToker showed viewers his MacBook being backed up by the previous owner’s files that dated back to 2010, when the wireless router was reportedly last used.

“I’m sorry, Don, that I’m going through your s–t,” he said, only identifying the man by his first name.

“This is [kinda] scary,” he captioned the clip that has earned 5.6 million views.

A two-minute follow-up video offered more explanation about the Time Capsule, which Apple discontinued in 2018.

“Instead of having just one backup, it has a whole list of backups. That way, if you want to go back to a certain period, you’re able to just go there instead,” the TikToker revealed.

TikTok user Willhelm Apple Time Capsule TikTok
The Time Capsule was last used in 2010, according to the TikToker who allegedly purchased it.
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TikTok user Willhelm Apple Time Capsule TikTok
“I’m sorry, Don, that I’m going through your s–t,” the TikToker apologized.
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“So it’s not just one copy of his computer, it’s dozens from different time periods dating back to 2010.”

He claimed Don had photos on his hardware going all the way back to the 1980s. He theorized he was either a business owner or CEO. 

“There is audit history, credit card numbers, flight information. I have this man’s bank account number,” the TikToker said. “I can see how much money he had in the bank at one point. I even have his life insurance information, and this dude is worth millions of dollars.”

He continued: “Now, keep in mind, this is from, like, 2010, so he’s probably dead by now. But still, the fact that I have access to this is crazy.”

The findings sparked mixed feelings, especially for Don.

“This is a NIGHTMARE of mine & exactly why I hoard every electronic I’ll ever have,” one person feared.

“This is making me sweat, and I’m not Don,” another moaned.

“Don wanted you to find it. You’ve been selected for a mission,” another joked.

“Damn Don lowkey sounds awesome. RIP,” another fawned.

The discovery seemed to be rooted in reality for other users.

“LOL the way that my dead grandpa was named Don, was an Apple nerd since they dropped the Mac, and was a business owner… I am suspicious,” one person mused.

“Okay SAME I’m freaking out a little,” another person responded.

In what appears to be good news for Don, the TikToker claimed he would delete all of his info once he was done looking through it.

“It serves me no purpose, and I feel uncomfortable keeping other people’s stuff,” he said. “It was insane.”

TikTok user Willhelm Apple Time Capsule TikTok
The TikToker promised a series exploring thrift store hard drive finds.
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“And to answer the question that I know that everyone’s gonna ask, there was porn,” he added. “So, there you have it.” 

If nothing else, the purchase served as a good reminder: “Do not donate your old technology to Goodwill,” the TikToker stressed. 

In a third video, he revealed he’s trying to track down Don’s family members to return his intact Time Capsule.

“I don’t feel comfortable having it, and I don’t want to just delete it, so I’m gonna see if I can find at least someone to give it to,” he said before announcing he will browse thrift stores to find spicy information on similar devices.

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