When it comes to keeping data secure, one of the best things to do is to utilize a third party e-waste recycler. These companies will be able to securely and ethically destroy e-waste, therefore, destroying sensitive data so that it becomes irrecoverable. Make sure you choose a company that will be able to provide a hard drive destruction certificate after services are completed. After deciding that you’ll use an e-waste recycler, the next step is to choose between onsite data destruction or choose to drop the items off.
When you choose on-site data destruction, it adds a layer of convenience for you and your company. This is because the company will come to your location at the time and date that you set. You don’t have to make time to go and travel to an off-site location. Instead, they will come to your place of business and destroy your e-waste then and there. This is a bonus because you can keep an eye on the entire process. From the moment they arrive and gain access to your retired hard drives and other forms of storage media, until the moment they have been destroyed, you’ll know exactly where your devices are. This is the best way to ensure that any sensitive information will not somehow get out because the data is destroyed while still on your property.
Off-site data destruction sometimes does not offer the same level of convenience at on-site data destruction. However, many off-site data destruction agencies will offer to pick up services. They will come to your place of business, pick up all e-waste devices and then securely transport them to an off-site location. The con of this system is that while they can pick up your devices, so you don’t have to spend time dropping them off yourself, once the data leaves your place of business, it’s no longer in your hands. E-waste companies will offer a certificate of destruction for all devices that they picked up from you, and this is how you will be able to ensure that all devices have been properly destroyed.