Mobile Hard Drive Shredding

When consumers think of data protection, they might be thinking of firewalls and virus protectors. While this works for some data, what about old pieces of electronics that still have old data on them? For example, even if you delete the files from old hard drives, the information is still stored on the hard drive. One of the best ways to ensure secure data destruction is by getting your hard drive shredded. At WC Recycler you can be sure that you’ll get the best service around. In fact, WC Recycler even offers mobile hard drive shredding to make it easier on you.

If you have eight or more items that need to be destroyed, WC Recycler will go directly to you and pick up your electronic waste for free! When your electronic waste is picked up, you can be assured that they will wipe all data from hard drives as well as physically destroying the hard drive so that you know your data will be completely unreadable. WC Recycler will also securely transfer all of your e-waste. This means that your media will be transported in a locked container that will be diligently watched throughout the entire destruction process. Once all of your products have been inventoried, they will be immediately shredded until all data becomes unreadable. Afterward, you will be given a Certificate of Assured Destruction which will show all the pieces of e-waste that have been destroyed.

While there are different options available in regards to keeping your data secure, the best way to be sure that all data is completely unreadable is to have your data shredded. Other options include wiping data strips through a strong magnet or by recoding information over and over again until it becomes unreadable. While these different forms can work, there is still a slight chance that the data can be retrieved. Shredding your data is the only option that guarantees your data from being recovered.

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Mobile Hard Drive Shredding
While there are different options available in regards to keeping your data secure, the best way to be sure that all data is completely unreadable is to have your data shredded.
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El Monte, CA
91731
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Phone: 888-806-0525

The Importance Of Secure Data Destruction

While for many of us it seems obvious to secure the physical grounds of a business, securing business data is a new idea. Taking it one step farther, securing sensitive information through firewalls and antivirus programs is important, but have you considered the importance of secure data destruction as well? Data that you no longer need still may have identifying information and other data that would be troublesome if it got in the wrong hands. Here is some more information about the importance of keeping data safe with  secure data destruction.

With technology changing so quickly, many businesses have old computers, monitors and hard drives stockpiled somewhere in storage. When old hard drives are not stored in a secure area, the information that was once on those hard drives can be found and taken. Even if all the files were deleted, they can still be recovered and if this information gets into the wrong hands, it is never a good thing. When deleted data is recovered by hackers, there is often personal information left on old documents. The information can vary from home addresses to credit card information to social security numbers. When you don’t secure your data, not only are you putting your employees at risk, but your clients as well. The only way to completely get rid of old or deleted information from hard drives is to have the data destroyed. When shredding hard drives, there are two options, shredding onsite or offsite.

When shredding onsite, an outside company will come to your business and do all the shredding there. The other option is for the company to simply gather up all your old hard drives, place them in a secure vehicle, and then destroy the data at an off site location. The benefits of an offsite location is that the company will have all the technology they need to properly destroy the data while simultaneously recycling all reusable parts. Contact West Coast Computer Recycler for a Quote today!

Secure Data Destruction
Security of your companies data is crucial to your business. Shredding your documents, having a company come onsite to shred your documents or having and offsite company do it for you are all safe options.
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El Monte, CA
91731
US
Phone: 888-806-0525

Protecting Yourself Against Cyber Attacks

As companies do more and more business online and keep personal information in the cloud, it is essential to take extra precautions regarding cyber security. Gone are the days when all you had to do to protect valuable information was store it in a safe. In today’s fast paced world, businesses are becoming increasingly dependent on using technology. While this is not necessarily a bad thing as technology helps us with many tasks, it simply means that security measures must be taken. Here are some of the best ways on how to protect yourself against cyber attacks.

Many companies do not realize that not only do you have to protect yourself from outside attacks, there needs to be protection from within as well. Oftentimes, employees can cause harm without even realizing it by unknowingly opening up malware from an email. Since you cannot constantly be looking over the shoulder of your employees, there are still a few things you can do to help. For example, if employees use their own mobile devices at work to access sensitive company information, make sure to have them install anti-virus software and to use firewalls, especially if they are accessing this information when outside the confines of the workplace.

Another way to have employees help out with security measures is to have them create strong passwords. Simply using a word followed by a string of numbers, as sometimes people do, is not a strong password. In fact, strong passwords should not contain any words at all, even if you use numbers instead of vowels for example. In addition, be sure to never use the same password for all your different accounts. The strongest passwords will simply be a string of numbers, letters and symbols.

One final best practice for preventing a cyber attack is simply by keeping your computers updated. This practical strategy is also probably the easiest thing you can do to help keep your business safe. Sometimes getting notifications all the time can become annoying. Despite how easy it is to ignore these notifications, ignoring security updates leaves you vulnerable from outside attacks.  For professional help on how to secure your company from a cyber attack, call us for a Quote today!

Protecting Yourself Against Cyber Attacks
In the technical world we live in today, protecting yourself from a cyber attack is crucial. Strong passwords, protection from within, anti-virus programs & keeping your computers updated are all ways of keeping yourself & your company safe from cyber attacks.
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El Monte, CA
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Protecting Your Business From a Data Breach

While all businesses are vulnerable to cyber crime, small businesses are even more at risk to a cyber attack than large corporations. More often than not, this is because small business owners have no plan for protecting their data. With all the other technicalities that go into running a business, sometimes data security falls by the wayside. If you are wondering how to protect your business from a data breach, here are a few different ways. The first thing that should be done is to identify your security needs and where you are at risk. Take inventory of computer equipment, data, and other potential risks. Become aware of all the people who have access to desktops, tablets or laptops. Can employees access vital information from their smartphones? If your network was to be breached, do you know what would have to happen next? Figuring out these answers is the first step to protecting your business.

Next, you will want to go back to basics. Install anti spyware, anti-spam, and antivirus software among other security measures. These include encryption technology in order to protect emails and networks as well as installing firewalls. One area that often goes forgotten is Wi-Fi. When this is the case, it is extremely easy for hackers to get into security networks through the Wi-Fi. Some things you can do to make your Wi-Fi more secure is by setting up the account so that the network name is not broadcasted and that it is password protected.

Even if you already have these security measures in place, be sure to update it often. In fact, this is one of the best things you can do to protect sensitive data. It may be easy to ignore another security update, but it is vital to download them as soon as they become available. This is because when new security updates become available, it is often in response to a cyber attacker being able to get through security measures. By downloading updates you can rest easy knowing your data is secure.

Backing up data is another good option to keep your information secure. This is especially important if your company is hit hard with an attack that wipes information. Lucky for you, there are a number of popular websites that offer online backup services specifically for small businesses. Some of these include SpiderOak, Mozy, Carbonite, and BackBlaze.

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Protecting Your Company From a Data Breach
Protecting your business from a Data Breach is Crucial to the security within your company. Here are a few different ways you can secure your data.
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The Future of Cloud Computing

Cloud computing is becoming a more and more popular option for storage. Not only are individuals using the cloud, but companies are using it more often as well. Cloud computing is when a network of remote servers that is being hosted by the Internet is used to store information. In the cloud, you can not only store information, but you can also manage it and process the data rather than accessing the information from a personal computer or local server.

One of the security risks about the push toward using the cloud is centered on the fact that cloud computing is based on the aggregation of information. Users are concerned that with all this information being stored in one location, it increases the potential risk for a cyber attack. Not only is there a fear that information may be stolen from hackers, there is also a fear that the government may also hack information on citizens. Since all the information is stored in one location, it would be easy for the government to potentially learn about citizens through their information that they store in the cloud. While security is a concern, there are security measures in place to protect users.

The most important way that information is secured is through an encryption system. When an encryption is used, a complex algorithm is put in place that conceals and protects the information stored in the cloud. When an encryption is used, a huge amount of computer processing power must be used to try and crack the encryption, making the information stored in the cloud very safe. In addition, users can help protect their information by using strong passwords. With a weak password, users are making it easy for hackers to gain access to the information. To have a strong password, avoid using a password that is related to your personal life in anyway. Strong passwords should include letters, numbers and symbols as well. This is how you can do your part to help secure the information you store in the cloud.

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Chrome or Safari: Which is a Better Browser for your iPhone?

While there are many internet browsing options for desktops, in the iOS mobile world, you basically only have two options: Apple’s Safari or Google’s Chrome. Which is the best mobile browser for you? Since both offer things such as tabs, privacy modes, auto fill features, and sharing options, one of the best ways to break down these two platforms is to check out the unique features that each comes with.

What sets Chrome apart from Apple’s Safari is the use of Google Now. Whenever you open a web search on your phone using Chrome, the microphone button above the keyboard will appear. This will make it possible for you to simply speak aloud whatever you wanted to search instead of typing it in. Google Now is also extremely accurate and almost never mishears you. While Safari also offers a dictation function, it is not nearly as accurate or as easy to use as Google Now. However, one area that Safari has Chrome beat is its Reading List feature. The Reading List allows users to easily add any article to a preexisting list of articles that they’d like to read later. This is a lot easier than using standard bookmarks, which is still used on Chrome. Another fun option is the Social list. This feature allows you to see all the other links and articles that are being shared on your social network platforms like Facebook and Twitter.

One clear difference is the design. Safari is more minimalistic, offers clean lines and a lot of whitespace to make it look more organized. An added feature is once you begin to scroll through a website, the address bar at the top of the screen will slide away giving you the entire screen to view the website’s content – a feature that Chrome does not have. While Chrome’s page layout is not as clean and sleek as Safari, it has one thing that Safari does not. It allows users to access the settings right inside the app such as entering into incognito mode or blocking cookies. With Safari, you can access this information through the iOS Settings app and not directly through the app itself. These are just a few differences that Chrome and Safari offer. Overall, they are both strong platforms for iOS browsing.

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How to Properly Dispose of E-Waste

Whenever we buy a new phone or gadget there is always a tendency to simply throw out the old piece of technology. Others opt to stash it in a drawer or attic where all the other old cell phones, keyboards, and chargers are stored. If this sounds like you, you are not alone; everybody does it.  However, our tendency to simply throw out old pieces of technology or to store them as they gather dust is a tendency that must be switched. Instead of tossing out old cell phones and electronics, you should learn how to properly dispose of e-waste.

According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, e-waste is the nation’s fastest growing type of waste. In fact, in 2010 Americans collectively threw away approximately 384 million pieces of electronics. This includes cell phones, computers, televisions and other commonly used devices. The
problem with throwing away e-waste is that there are potentially hazardous consequences. This is because electronics have trace amounts of dangerous chemicals such as mercury, cadmium and lead. Over time, these materials can sink into the ground where they can pollute our drinking water supplies. In addition, the chemicals are also hazardous to the environment as well.

While turning in your old electronics to a recycling company is always better than simply throwing them away where they will end up in a landfill, the quicker you take your old cell phone, for example, to a recycling center, the better. This is because, many times people will upgrade to a new phone or tablet when their old one still works nearly perfectly. When useable models are recycled, it is much easier for these products to be reused or for the materials to be used for a new and similar product. While your old phone should still be recycled, many of the parts on it cannot be reused since the technology is simply out of date. The next time you upgrade your phone or other electronic device, be sure to recycle the old one and do your part to help minimize the growing problem of e-waste.

Proper Cell Phone Recycling

The frequency with which consumers are purchasing new cell phones is quite alarming. While most phones are only built to last two years, many consumers purchase the latest models even more frequently than that. While this is not necessarily a bad thing, many of these old cell phones are not disposed of properly and are instead ending up in landfills as E-waste. Generally no one thinks about what to do with an old cell phone.

 According to the US Environmental Protection Agency, Americans are discarding 100-125 million cell phones each year! All these cell phones equals about 65,000 tons of trash and is why cell phones are now the fastest type of e-waste in the country. Instead of simply throwing out your old cell phones, you should recycle them and here are a few reasons why.

One reason to recycle old phones is to help the environment. Cell phones contain toxic metals such as mercury and arsenic. These metals can seep into the landfill and end up in water sources. With over 100 million cell phones being thrown out each year, the amount of toxic metals in the environment is growing at an alarming rate. Another reason to recycle is the fact that recycling can help bring down the cost of new phones. When you recycle, all the good parts of your phone can be reused. This means that the cost spent on raw materials will be brought down which lowers the overall production costs meaning you get a cheaper new phone. A third reason to recycle your old phones is to save energy. When just one phone is recycled it saves enough energy to power a laptop for nearly 48 hours. This means that if Americans recycled all the phones that are thrown out in one year, the US could have enough energy saved to power over 24,000 homes for a whole year. With the US is trying to work towards energy dependency, you can do your part to achieve this goal by recycling. Some working cellphones can even be reused and there are a number of programs that re-sell them in order to benefit a variety of charities. These are just a few reasons that you should recycle your old phones.

Surprising Facts about E-Waste You Might Not know!

Today’s world is one that can be defined by the growing amount of technology. At no point in history have we been advancing in technology at such a fast rate. While this can be beneficial, it also means that consumers are getting rid of their old technologies in order to make way for new developments. Often, people simply throw out old things such as old computer screens, printers, keyboards, phones and more, which all end up in a landfill. These things are called e-waste or, electronic waste. E-waste has been a growing problem as more and more items are being thrown out. Here are some surprising facts about e-waste and why its important to learn proper e-waste recycling techniques.

80 – 85% of all electronic products were thrown in landfills or incinerators, which leads to toxins being released into the air. Electronics use a large amount of lead, which can be toxic to humans and other animals. Lead poisoning can cause extreme damage in the peripheral and central nervous systems, the kidneys, as well as the blood. E-waste is the majority of all toxic waste in America. 70% to be precise! Worldwide, an incredible 20 – 50 million metric tons of e-waste are thrown out every single year. Another reason that you should not throw out your old cell phones or other items is because electronics hold trace amounts of precious metals such as silver or gold. In fact, Americans alone trash over $60 million in silver/gold every year through all the e-waste. Unfortunately, only 12.5% of e-waste is currently recycled, which is a major factor as to why so much gold and silver is being wasted. When you recycle your e-waste, not only are these precious metals reused (which means less mining would be necessary) it also means that less toxins will be released into the air, the ground, and the water supply. These are just a few facts about e-waste but you can do your part by recycling all your e-waste so you don’t add to the amount of trash in landfills.

Proper E-Waste Recycling Can Save the Environment!

With the fast rate that technology is growing, consumers are purchasing new products at an incredible rate. This means that they are no longer using their older or ‘outdated’ pieces of technology. This can include things such as cell phones to old TVs, printers, or computer screens. These are all examples of E-Waste, or, electronic waste. In the past, E-Waste was simply thrown into landfills and was not properly recycled without a second’s hesitation. However, now we know that this is harmful to the environment and it is vital for all to know how to dispose of e-waste properly.

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When you recycle or reuse e-waste there are environmental benefits that can help the well being of our earth. For example, cell phones and other older forms of technology such as old computer monitors include small amounts of precious metals, plastic, and copper. All of these are valuable and it requires a lot of money as well as energy to mine and process these materials. When cell phones are recycled however, all of the minerals that are in the phones are recovered, which means that there is less need to mine for these materials. This in turn means that we will be able to conserve our natural resources that humans have been depleting at an alarming rate. In addition, mining creates water and air pollution as well as the emission of greenhouse gases into the environment. According to the US EPA Management of Electronic Waste in the United States from a 2007 study, if all the 100 million cell phones that were thrown out had been properly recycled, the US could have saved enough energy to power roughly 194,000 households with electricity for an entire year. Recycling E-Waste also helps prevent toxic metals such as mercury to seep into the land, which can enter into water supplies. This not only harms plants but the water we drink as well. In order to help the environment, be sure to recycle your e-waste!