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The Most Unsafe Data Destruction Methods

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September 30, 2017
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Companies are becoming more and more aware of the fact that data security is an essential part of keeping their company safe. While data security certainly includes securing information that is stored in the cloud as well as setting up firewalls, for example, it also provides data destruction as well. There are several different data destruction methods to use, and many of these are safer than others. Read on to learn more about some unsafe data destruction methods that you should try and avoid.

First of all, simply deleting files is never enough. Just because a file or email is removed does not mean that they are gone. These files can quickly be recovered since the information is stored in the hard drive. Another option people consider is formatting a hard drive. This process tries to wipe the data on the hard drive to get the disc back to its original factory state. While formatting a hard drive is better than simply deleting files, it still doesn’t keep your data secure. There are a variety of programs available for purchase whose sole purpose is to recover data from a hard drive that has been formatted. Just because a hard drive has been formatted does not mean that the information on it can’t be recovered.

Some people believe drilling holes into a drive will keep information out of the hands of others. This is only partially true. Any of the information that was stored where the holes have been drilled are irrecoverable. However, the rest of the drive is still in place. Anywhere that there are no holes on the drive, is space where data can still be recovered and seen by prying eyes. The only way to 100% guarantee that data on a hard drive will not be recovered is to destroy it physically. Data destruction companies will virtually pulverize the disc, making it impossible to recover.

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