Data destruction has become an essential part of planning for the future, in businesses of all sizes, scales and industries. Creating proper plans for the treatment of sensitive information at the end of its working life is integral to protecting its security, as well as the confidence of the customers and the legal position of the brand. Data stored physically on hard disks, memory sticks or on CDs can be both physically and electronically destroyed. Different methods are appropriate for people with differing levels of security risk: for instance, many businesses simply need their data to be overwritten sufficiently that it makes the original content illegible. More sensitive information kept on hard drives might need them to be physically shattered in order to prevent anyone else accessing the drive. Once data is deleted, it cannot be accessed easily by the computer software or application. Unless it is destroyed, though, it has not been totally removed and with effort could likely be retrieved. Unfortunately, the people most likely to be exerting themselves in recovering this information are those who would use it for criminal intent.
There are two areas where data destruction offers particular benefits to security. The most obvious of these is in its cover against fraud. When old electrical items are disposed of, many find their way to recycling plants or rubbish areas. There is a large business in shipping these older items out to less economically developed countries, where enterprising individuals found that they could make more money from breaking down a computer into its constituent parts for resale as metal and circuitry than as a working device. From here, others started to work at recovering information on these old devices to use fraudulently. A large proportion of electronic devices today have a memory which could contain vast quantities of personal data, from telephone numbers, address and birth dates through to banking details and company files or identification codes.
Secondly, companies have a legal responsibility to ensure that their customer’s data is protected and disposed of in the correct manner. For most businesses, this means that simple deletion would not be enough. For the most secure data destruction services, please contact West Coast Computer Recycler for your needs. Destruction thus also protects from any claims of malpractice in this way.
Improper data disposal can cause your company or business to become vulnerable to identity theft and data breaches. Careless handling of data can cause many consequences that may do harm to yourself and to the company you are working for. Be careful how your data is handled. Data handling refers to how you care and manage for your printed and electronic data. Handling can refer to editing, viewing, deleting and/or transmitting data. It is particularly important for IT companies to handle their data safely especially because they handle sensitive data every day. Electronic data handling can include the following actions:
- Emailing or faxing data
- Scanning information
- Editing data information
- Storing data in a media device like USB drives, hard drives, and CDs
- Deleting information from these media devices
Whenever you perform any of these actions keep in mind how best to secure your privacy through secure data destruction methods. Data security should be a priority for many companies especially with the frequent incidents of identity theft and even data breaches. That being said, data destruction is critical to avoid compromising your safety as well as your company’s safety and reputation. Proper data destruction entails physical destruction of all media and electronic devices that contain confidential data. It is highly recommended that all businesses hire a professional to destroy data. Hiring a reputable data destruction company can reassure you that no data will be traced back to you. E-waste companies like West Coast Recycler perform on-site data destruction services which is cost-effective, eco-friendly and efficient. Many businesses fail to realize the importance of safeguarding your personal information as well as your client’s data. Simply deleting files, transferring files to a trash bin, reformatting your hard drive and shredding are certainly not enough to protect you against identity theft.
Hard drive destruction ensures that data cannot fall into the wrong hands and be recovered, re-purposed or transmitted. Documents containing private information including bills, insurance records, credit card applications and more can be subject to fraudulent activity if not handled with caution. Data destruction is the most reliable method to ensure your business interests’ are protected from hackers. It is strongly advised that you choose a firm that is partnered with NAID, follows EPA regulations, HIPAA compliant and provides a certificate of destruction. This certificate of destruction is proof that your hard drives have been completely destroyed and will not be shared with anyone. This is one way you can be sure that the firm is trustworthy. Keep these tips in mind the next time you get rid of any electronic and data storage devices. Request a quote today and let us help you get rid of all your old media devices without any added stress.