Destruction appears to be a straightforward process: break something to make it unusable. However, there is a surprising amount of opportunity for error when it comes to hard disk destruction and data disposal and computer shredding services.
Even if you delete old hard disks, their data can still be recovered and used against you. Wiping files, destroying a hard disk, and throwing it away aren’t the only options for data disposal. There are data destruction recommendations you should follow the next time you need to get rid of obsolete technology to ensure the security of your data.
Do not throw away old computers or hard drives
Even if you’ve successfully deleted and potentially destroyed your outdated gadget, leaving it on the curb is not a good idea. Toxic chemicals found in computers and other devices pose a severe threat to the environment. E-waste has an influence on the earth’s air, soil, and water when it ends up in the rubbish and eventually the landfill.
Furthermore, appearances might be deceiving. Something that you no longer value could be appealing to someone else. It’s irresponsible to put your own safety at risk by throwing something away. Your information could be exposed accidently if someone finds a discarded phone or computer and decides to turn it on.
To summarize, computers and other e-waste should be properly discarded to minimize environmental damage and protect your privacy. Some equipment can be reconditioned and repurposed after the data has been deleted, while other components are simply broken down and discarded. Electronic recycling companies that have been accredited are well-equipped to assist you with safe disposal techniques.
Do make a complete backup of all of your files
You’re probably updating your technology if you’re getting rid of a hard drive (or two). And, as most of us have gone through this previously, we understand that it is a process. There are probably files and contacts that need to be transferred. It’s possible that you’ll have a long list of stuff to backup, delete, and export. The first step is to figure out what you want to preserve and what you don’t.
Overwrite or wipe your old drives once you’re sure you’ve backed up everything you wish to save. Scammers can still access overwritten or erased files, so cleaning the drives is a prudent precaution to take. It doesn’t replace the final step of destruction, but it adds another degree of security to the process.
Hiring a data deletion partner is a good idea
Data deletion and security are complex operations that your company is unlikely to be able to handle in-house. You have your own responsibilities, which is where having a reliable data deletion partner comes in helpful.
Security, data destruction, and electronic disposal are all areas where Innovative IT Solutions excels. We have reliable standard protocols and secure processes in place to ensure that obsolete gadgets are properly disposed of.
Do not attack old hard drives on your own
You might assume a hard disk is safe from data thieves if you break it with a hammer or drill holes in it. It may be more difficult for thieves to extract information from a damaged hard drive, but it’s not impossible—plus, manually destroying each of your old electronics takes time.
We shred hard disks to irreversible bits at Innovative IT Solutions. We eliminate any possibility of a data thief obtaining information from your old drives. That kind of tranquillity saves time and anxiety. Contact Innovative IT Solutions today to learn more about the computer shredding services, security and data destruction services we provide.