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Avoid These Mistakes When Disposing of Old Hard Drives

Protect Your Company’s Confidential Data

Across the world, companies of all sizes and in all industries depend on technology to run their business. And with that comes the need to continually stay up-to-date with the latest software and hard drives to store data, records and sensitive information. When the time comes to upgrade, it’s crucial that outdated devices and hard drives are properly disposed of to protect your business from a breach. Here’s a look at the top mistakes to avoid when disposing of your old hard drives.

  • Wiping or Erasing Data
    Although it may seem like a safe option, wiping your hard drive or erasing the data cannot guarantee that all your sensitive information is deleted. Those who are experienced can use the tiniest bit of information to gain access.
  • Using Magnets
    In the past, magnets were considered a top way to destroy the data stored on a hard drive. But today’s advanced technology has a much higher resistance to magnets and this method is proven to be ineffective in deleting hard drive data.
  • Reformatting the Drive
    Reformatting hard drives and other devices cannot remove all the data and much like deleting or erasing, it’s not a viable option to protect your confidential company information.
  • Keeping Old Drives at the Workplace
    Many companies lack a policy for disposing of outdated hard drives and other devices and because of that, they store them onsite. Keeping these items at the workplace is not a secure solution because they are still accessible. Especially in a time where employee or company insiders are the culprit for lost or stolen data.
  • Recycling Outdated Equipment
    Many businesses recycle items in an effort to do their part in reducing their carbon footprint. And although recycling certain items is innocuous, hard drives, tablets and other similar devices should not be recycled. These items can fall into the wrong hands and expose your business to data theft.

The #1 Method of Disposal

The safest and most secure way to dispose of old company hard drives is to have them permanently destroyed by a professional shredding and destruction provider. When enlisting the services of a professional, you can be assured that your items have been irreparably destroyed. This ensures that any confidential data is unrecoverable and therefore cannot be lost or stolen.

All Points Mobile Shredding can help you protect your business with onsite shredding and destruction. We not only provide mobile shredding of documents and files, but also of hard drives, company cell phones, tablets and more. Our state-of-the-art shredding trucks are equipped to permanently destroy all items and materials and we provide you with a certificate of destruction that offers additional peace of mind that your data is safe. Give us a call today or complete the form on this page to get a quick quote.

Dawn Connelly

Dawn is the vice president of All Points Mobile Shredding. All Points Mobile Shredding is a family-owned and operated on-site document destruction company that has been serving the Treasure Coast, Palm Beaches, and surrounding areas since 1994.

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