With the speed of which technology is changing, it is likely your business might have some old pieces of technology hanging around. As long as this is the case, there is a chance that some of that important data can be stolen. Often, personal information of both employees and customers are still on old hard drives even if the computers are no longer used. In addition, even if you have deleted these files, they are still on the hard drive and can be taken. If you or your business has old computers that are not going to be reused, donated or sold, it may be a good idea to get in contact with a hard drive shredding service.
While completely shredding hard drives aren’t the only option for destroying data, it is the most guaranteed way to keep your data from getting into the wrong hands. Other services include degaussing or re-writing the hard drive. These options are best for when the computers will be donated or reused. If you you know with certainty that your computers will not be used and you are simply looking to get rid of the data, then shredding services are your best option. From here, you can choose either on site or off site shredding. On-site services mean that the company will go to your place of business and shred the hard drives then and there. Off-site services are when your hard drives are collected, driven in a secure truck, and taken back to the company’s facilities where the hard drive is then shredded.
After the process is complete, the company should then provide you with a certificate as proof that your hard drives were destroyed. Be sure to make sure they provide you with this certificate. While costs vary, most companies tend toward charging around $10 per hard drive that is destroyed. While that may seem steep, on average, a security breach of data can cost thousands of dollars in damage.
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While completely shredding hard drives aren’t the only option for destroying data, it is the most guaranteed way to keep your data from getting into the wrong hands.
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When running a business, keeping data secure should be a top priority. While this includes, using firewalls and antivirus software, it also means protecting e-waste. More often than not, when businesses upgrade their computers, they are left with old servers, desktop computers, laptops and more. Even though these are no longer used, they still have valuable data stored on their hard drives. The most effective way to make sure that the data is erased is by having the hard drive destroyed. While there are many data destruction companies to choose from. They are not all the same. Here are some things to look for when hiring a third party company to destroy your data.
One thing to be on the lookout for is their data destruction process. Have you ever asked what to look for when hiring a Qualified Data Destruction Company? The company should offer a secure pickup of your e-waste. That means that they will go to your location and pick up all old equipment that needs to be destroyed. In order to ensure the safety of your information from point A to point B, equipment should be kept in locked cargos. Each piece of equipment should be scanned and recorded so that you can receive a receipt for each piece of equipment that is destroyed. The old hard drives should then be shredded and recycled. It is important that the data destruction company is up to code with environmental regulations as well. Finally, you should receive a confirmation of the destruction.
Another thing to be on the lookout for is a certified company. You should choose a company that is NAID AAA Certified. A company that is also involved with organizations such as the Data Protection association, the Association of Legal Administrators, Professional Records and Information Services International, and The Association of Records Managers and Administrators International can be trusted. If you are looking for a trusted professional please contact West Coast Computer Recycler for a quote today!