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 essential 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. Also, even if you have deleted these files, they are always 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 sure-fire 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 know with certainty that your computers will not be used and you are merely 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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