Do You Know How to Destroy a Hard Drive?
In 2009, British security researchers purchased 300 used computers from several countries and then looked through the hard drives. One third of these computers still had information from their original owners. It’s a scary thought that all your personal information could end up in the wrong hands; criminal hands who wouldn’t hesitate to use this information for fraudulent activity. Unfortunately there is a lack of knowledge and awareness when it comes to effectively cleaning information from PC and laptop hard drives but here at ITADwise we understand the importance and are on a mission to get the message out there.
Would you simply throw away an old diary that has your private notes, addresses and passwords? Of course you wouldn’t, you would shred it securely. Why would you do anything different with a computer? Consider that your PC or laptop has a wealth of information stored on it; bank details, photos, passwords, calendars. Anything other than shredding, or completely erasing the memory, will not keep your information safe.
It is a common myth that reformatting and reinstalling the operating system will wipe the data from your computer hard drive. This does not work. It is possible to recover information from a hard drive that has been reformatted, and by simply doing that and selling it on leaves you open to having your information breached.
So as you upgrade your computer, how do remove data from the old hard drive before you sell it on or recycle it? You need to destroy the hard drive. Of course you could spend time Googling how to do this, and trying to do it yourself, but why do that when you can take advantage of data shredding services? The shredding process sees the hard drive sliced into small shards. If you are worried that the hard drive could be reassembled by sticking the pieces together in the right order, then just consider how you would stick together the shreds of a piece of paper that has gone through a cross cut shredder. That’s one impossible jigsaw.
You may wonder if this applies to you; if you are an individual or small business then it applies to you. If you are a large business or an employee, it applies to you. You may need to safeguard simply your personal data, or the data that you hold about your business, your clients or your employees. There is no person or company that can afford the risk of their data being used and we can’t recommend secure asset disposal highly enough. Have your computer hard drive shredded so that your data is safe, and receive a certificate to prove that it has been disposed of securely. This is proof that you have complied with the data protection rules, and have a suitable asset disposal process in place. If you need to know more about this, contact us.