Whether you are upgrading to new devices or simply cleaning up storage facilities, don’t just discard your old computers, laptops, DVDs, drives or other electronic junk in garbage or recycle. Without proper disposal processes, you may be risking the reputation of your business and could end up becoming a victim of corporate fraud or identity theft. Unfortunately, we live in times where minor negligence in safeguarding our personal information or business data would mean paying a hefty price.
At Crown Information Management, we specialize in preserving, protecting and securely destroying paper records as well as digital media. While destruction of paper records may be relatively simpler, hard drive destruction comes with its own set of challenges. Read on to know more about potential threats and practical solutions for secure hard drive destruction.
Reformatting Hard Drives before Discarding them is Not Enough –While reformatting your drives before getting rid of them may seem like a fail-safe measure to protect your business or personal data, in reality, that is not true. Hackers and petty criminals continue to find newer methods to recover data from encrypted, erased or reformatted drives. In fact, a growing number of data breaches take place after you dump or resell your devices. In a recent study, Blancco Technology Group purchased over 200 hard drives from sites selling used items, such as e-Bay and Craigslist. What they found was:
Do It Yourself (DIY) Destruction Processes are Not Safe – While a DIY approach may be useful and economical in several household or office chores, using it for disposal of hard drives is not recommended.
Tips to Securely Destroy Hard Drives – Proper disposal of hard drives, DVDs, CDs, or thumb drives essentially involves partnering with a trusted specialist who can provide comprehensive and secure destruction services. This includes:
Protect Your Personal and Business Information through Secure Hard Drive Destruction Services
For hard drive and media destruction requirements in and around central Florida, count on a SOC1 Level 2 Report, NAID AAA and PCI Certified company, such as Crown Information Management. We follow a meticulous approach to safely destroy hard drives and digital storage media.
To learn more about our hard drive and media destruction services, call Crown Information Management at 800-979-9545 or contact us online for a free estimate.
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