December 16, 2014

Recycling Electronics and Data Security

Today, nearly everyone owns a computer or mobile device of some sort. In fact, most people own both. While it’s hard to imagine living without these products, the day will come when you’ll need to dispose of your electronic device. But before you do, there are a few things you should know about data security.

Whether you know it or not, many of the electronic devices you own store a considerable amount of personal information. With the right software and a bit of patience, anyone can access the sensitive information that you’d rather keep to yourself—which is why improperly recycled electronic products are one of the leading causes of consumer and business identity theft. The best thing you can do to protect your identity, your assets, or your clients is to have your electronic devices “wiped clean” before they are disposed.  This is more difficult than it sounds.

While most people try to wipe their hard drives clean before disposing of old or outdated electronic devices, only about 5 percent rely on an industry specialist or third party organization to completelyclean their electronic devices before they are disposed or recycled. Unfortunately, erasing data is more challenging than hitting the “delete” key or moving all your files to the Recycle Bin: It requires state-of-the-art wiping software and data-destruction kits.

Whether you’re recycling a few home desktops or a warehouse of company laptops, be sure to contact Vintage Tech Recyclers for all of your data security needs. Thanks to our portable data destruction kit and wiping software, we will come to you! We even offer an Erasure and Asset Report, which includes a time-stamped and certified verification of erasure. To learn more about our data security and electronic recycling services, contact us online or dial (877) 625-7945.