Keep your business and your employees’ safe by working with competent data destruction services. E-waste management takes an expert approach. Short of physically destroying a device, there are few ways to completely eradicate information stored on hard disk drives (HDDs), solid-state drives (SDDs) and other hardware used for your business. In fact, data can often be retrieved from storage devices after they stop working properly.

Aren’t convinced you to need professional data destruction services? Just wait until we share the following four dirty little secrets about the industry:

 1. Nearly 80 percent of recycled drives still contain retrievable data.

Blanco Technology Group ran a data recovery study to see how effectively businesses were wiping their drives before reselling them. The company purchased 200 units to ensure they’d have a generous sample to assess. A shocking 78 percent of devices still had retrievable data on them.

Sensitive corporate information like financial statements, company emails, and consumer contact information was there for the taking. More worrisome was how vulnerable the devices left their staff. Photos, GPS information, resumes, social security numbers and more were easily accessed — and drives are just the tip of the iceberg.

2. Sensitive information isn’t limited to SSDs and HDDs.

According to Computerworld Security Columnist Darlene Storm, Avast security research firm ran a similar test on smartphones readied for resale. The firm purchased 20 used Android smartphones off eBay. The owners all attempted to completely wipe all their personal information, but it was fairly easily restored.

Among the recovered files were more than 40,000 photos, including x-rated selfies, emails, pictures of children and tax information. Consider all of the ways your employees use their handheld devices. Many employers provide smartphones, tablets, desktop and laptop computers and other technology that might put your data at risk once.

3. Different data eradication methods work best on different devices.

New techniques for data erasure are developed every day. Experts often specialize in wiping particular devices. For example, Android smartphones or NVMe SSDs. A business employing many of these technologies will be able to handle all of your e-waste needs. Your company’s IT department likely won’t have updated information, tools or skills to handle the job.

Experts agree that it's always important to secure data when disposing of old electronics.4. Improper erasure lowers the performance and value of recycled goods.

Recycling and reselling used devices makes sense from a financial perspective, but unless you work with a qualified surplus service company, it could put your business at risk. Plus, you might be lowering value if done haphazardly. Erasing data the wrong way can limit a device’s ability to store new information.

Software erasing and system reformatting isn’t enough to keep your data safe when recycling old business hardware. Search for data destruction services you can trust to do a thorough job, like Surplus Service located in the San Francisco Bay Area. Contact them today to schedule reliable data erasure services.

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