Pretty much everyone uses computers in today’s day and age, whether it’s for work, school, or just surfing the internet to find information at home. Not just computers, but mobile phones as well. What you don’t often think about is all of the sensitive information that is contained within computers. When it comes to businesses, it is pretty certain that company computers and laptops will contain private and sensitive information that is not for prying eyes. You may that simply deleting files off of these computers are enough, but you would be sorely mistaken.
If you are getting ready to discard an old computer that has private information, there is no doubt that the first thing you will consider doing to remove old information is by erasing the hard drive. While it sounds promising, this is actually not an effective way to remove information from a computer. In fact, grad students at MIT sought to point this out with an experiment. They decided to gather 158 used disk drives that had apparently had data erased. Of the 158 disks they purchased, 129 were usable. Of those 129, 29 still had information on it or else made no real attempt to properly erase data. One one of the disks, they even found 5,000 credit numbers. About 60% of the disks were formatted, however this does not fully erase the data and it can still be retrieved. They were amazed at how people do not really take steps to fully erase data in a way that it cannot be retrieved.
Now that you understand how easy it is to retrieve data from computers even after you have “erased” the drive, it’s time to look into methods that will actually work. It’s important to choose an authorized data destruction company if you are looking to have your data completely removed. This will also prevent any data from being able to be retrieved in the future. In addition, if you are looking for your computers to be completely destroyed and recycled, places that securely recycle electronics like WC Recyler will also be able to provide this service for you. Visit the WC Recycler site and fill out a data destruction quote form today!