We all love our electronic devices. From TVs, laptops, tablets to desktops, we live in a virtual world 24X7. As per a recent Gartner research, a whopping 1.5 billion cell phones were bought in 2017. Well, that is around one phone for every five people alive. Consumer trends seem to change at a rapid pace, with technology changing every day, the market is seeing the new introduction of products. On the other hand, people are disposing of their old electronics within a shorter span of time. Did you know a massive 44.7 million tons of e-waste was discarded in 2016 in the U.S. alone? Only about 15 percent of the e-waste was properly disposed of. Are you planning to dispose of your old hard drives or cell phones soon? Read on to know 5 important ways to know your data is secure when disposing of old electronics
When you decide to dispose your device, it is important to do it right. Fortunately, when you find a trusted recycler like Surplus Service, you can be sure about the data security methods that are employed before the recycling of the devices. At Surplus Service, they take a 100 percent commitment to ensure that electronics are either recycled or refurbished and the percentage of electronics going to a landfill is zero. According to CalRecycle, in California alone, a whopping 200 million pounds of e-waste is produced. Also, their data destruction solutions are suited to meet the requirements of any company
Understand Your Hard Drive
Your computer holds personal and financial information, including, passwords, account numbers, license keys or registration numbers for software programs, addresses and phone numbers, medical and prescription information, tax returns, files created automatically by browsers and operating systems. When you save a file on your system, especially large files, the data is divided around the hard drive into bits and pieces. And, when you open a file, the hard drive gathers these tiny bits of information and rebuilds them. When you delete a file, tiny parts of information are still stored on your hard drive and can be accessed if they fall into the wrong hands. To ensure, your data is safe when you hand over the device to your recycler, make it a point to wipe the data off the hard drive completely. If you are unsure about wiping the data, you can always seek help from experts like Surplus Service, they can guide you through the right methods and procedures. Not just that, you can also raise your awareness about the data destruction methods from experts about data wiping, degaussing and data shredding
Backup Your Data
Before erasing data on your hard drive, ensure you safely back up your data. Though this seems to be a no-brainer, most people fail to do it. They improperly discard computers with data without backing up their data. If you have a cell phone, use ‘factory reset’ to wipe your data. Please note that deleting data does not guarantee the data your hard drive is actually gone. Instead, we would recommend working with a trusted recycler who can guide you through the process
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