When it comes to data security, the dangers of e-waste are not to be ignored. Properly taking care of e-waste is a crucial part of data security for a variety of reasons. Oftentimes, businesses focus all of their attention on securing live data stored on the cloud or on working computers and they forgot about all data stored on no longer used electronic devices. Even when files from e-waste are deleted, the information is still stored on the hard drive making it particularly susceptible for this data to be retrieved. Luckily, there federal data destruction requirements that guard against identifying data falling into the wrong hands.
Due to the increasingly adept technology in recovering data, it is becoming more and more important to be aware of the dangers of e-waste. Data recovery techniques are routinely used in recovering data stored on devices that have been crushed, burned, submerged in water, and more. If data can be so easily recovered from devices, it is imperative to keep identifying data secure. Some of the federally mandated best practices for making deleted data irrecoverable includes overwriting, wiping data, and the physical destruction of data.
Overwriting data is a process where, essentially, a software is used to rewrite new data over old data a number of times. The software overwrites so many times that the original data is finally unreadable. Wiping data is a process that uses a strong magnet to affect the area of a electronic device that stores information. This magnet scrambles this process and information can no longer be stored or retrieved from the device. The final best practice for e-waste is the physical destruction of data. In this case, hard drives and other electronic devices that have identifying data stored on them are physically destroyed and pulverised. This process 100% secures that your data will never fall into the wrong hands as the device is totally destroyed.