If you have an old computer that you no longer have any use for, you might be wondering what to do with it. Before making any decision, you should know that many states have regulations where you can’t simply throw away your computer into the trash. This is because of the amount of hazardous materials and heavy metals that are in computers. Instead of throwing away your old computers, recycling them is the preferred option of getting rid of electronics.
Within the recycling world, there are different ways to recycle. While wiping hard drives clean so that computers can then be re-used is considered a form of recycling, the most common way of computer recycling is when the physical computer is destroyed and all parts that can be reused are sifted out, otherwise known as computer destruction. One important thing to consider when destroying an old computer is that all of your old information is on the computer. Just because you may have deleted all the files from it, they are still written on the hard drive. This means you want to be careful about how you get rid of your computer. Some recycling companies are not certified by the US Environmental Protection Agency, which means all of your data on your computer could be at risk. With this in mind, it is important that you take your old computer to a certified recycling company.
West Coast Computer Recycler offers safe and secure data destruction services. Since they are certified by the US Environmental Protection Agency, you can rest easy knowing that they will safely and securely destroy your computer while also securely getting rid of any data that may be on it. In addition to hard drives, West Coast Computer Recycler also destroys laptops, RAM sticks, CD/DVDs, USB thumb drives, cassette tapes, and more.
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Steps Needed For Computer Destruction
There are a few steps needed with computer destruction. Making sure all old info is erased off the computer and Making sure the company is certified are a couple of very important factors.
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With the surge of technology in consumerism, it is no surprise that e-waste is the fastest growing type of waste on the planet right now. E-waste still has valuable information which can be extracted and cause you or your company potential damage. There is also the threat that e-waste has on the environment if not properly disposed of. In order to protect yourself, your company, as well as the environment, be sure to follow three simple rules to recycle your electronic waste.
The first rule is to do some research on your recycler. It is important to gather as much information as to where to recycle e-waste, because each recycling company is different. Despite the growing number of e-waste companies, there are only a few you should be looking at. You must make sure the company you choose is certified by R2 Solutions or e-Stewards. This will ensure that your e-waste is properly recycled so that no harm comes to the environment and that all of your data will remain private. These standards also ensure that there is accountability all throughout the disposition process. Avoid companies that say they will work with certified recyclers eventually or later in their process because it leaves your information not fully protected.
The second rule is to realize that if it’s too good to be true, it probably is. Although you will find many “free” recycling services, if you want things done right, you will have to pay for it. When you use “free” services, you will likely run into two risks. The first risk imposes the possibility of the company likely cutting corners, resulting in harm to the environment. The second risk may be that the company can even sell your equipment – along with all your information – to the highest bidder. Either situation is one that should be avoided.
The third and final rule to follow is to create a formal plan for disposition and make sure to follow it. In February of this year, the National Institute of Standards and Technology issued a new Cybersecurity Framework that established the best ways to ensure data security. They strongly suggest for all assets to be “formally managed throughout the removal, transfers, and disposition.” When creating your own data security plan, make sure that it includes a rule that mandates the use of certified recyclers for all your electronic and IT asset disposition. This will be a surefire way to keep your company safe from stolen information while doing your part to keep the environment clean.
When you think of data destruction, the first thing that may come to your mind is erasing all of the files on a computer. You would not be entirely wrong in thinking this since computers do store a large majority of pretty much anyone’s files. This is especially true for larger companies who can store hundreds or even thousands of various files on work computers. What most people fail to consider is the fact that computers are not the only devices that store files, let alone files of a sensitive nature. These other devices containing personal and sensitive files also need to be considered for data destruction before being thrown out.
So what types of devices need to be considered for data destruction? Preferably anything that could possibly store files should be considered. Hard drives from computers and laptops are the number one candidates for data destruction since they typically hold the largest number of files. Other items that need to be considered include solid state drives, RAM sticks, USB thumb drives, data tape cartridges, CD/DVD media, and portable devices. All these items could potentially contain sensitive information, so when before throwing them away it is important to make sure that all files are properly destroyed.
Now that you are aware of the types of files that are eligible for data destruction, the next step is to find a reputable company to efficiently carry out the data destruction. Just because you erase a file on your computer does not mean it is completely gone from the hard drive. At WC Recycler, you can feel safe knowing that we offer secure data disposal in Los Angeles and surrounding counties. Protect yourself and your privacy. If you are unsure if an item is eligible for data destruction services, simply give us a call and we will be able to assist you further.