Royal Document Destruction Electronic Disposal

Is Your Business Properly Disposing of Old Technology?

Old technology is something of a mystery to many people. They may know that wiping a device entirely doesn't always erase the information, but they also might reasonably wonder if it's really necessary to take the extra step? When you consider just how valuable data can be though, particularly for small businesses that might not always have the best cyber security in general, the answer is that you don't want to take any chances. Breaches aren't just common, they're also exceptionally difficult to climb out from under the aftermath. We'll look at whether you're getting rid of your technology the way you should and what steps you can take to be a little more prepared for a data leak.

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What To Do With Your Old Electronics

Hard Drive Destruction, Media Destruction

From cell phones to external drives to old desktops, you can end up with a fairly large box full of miscellaneous gear from all kinds of manufacturers. So just how should you be getting rid of your cell phones and getting the answers as to what to do with old computers? Should you take the box to a technology recycling center and drop it off? Can you smash everything to bits and put it in the garbage can? Neither of these are great options. Old electronics are typically more dangerous than we sometimes realize. A hard drive may look destroyed, but even a novice cybercriminal will know that it's easier to extract valuable data than it may look. We'll look at what it means to really dispose of all your old electronics and why you might need to reconsider your plans. 

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Our Media Destruction Process

When you’re considering how to dispose of old technology, one of the hardest things to consider is your hard drive. Hard drive wiping software is useful, but it does not completely erase all the sensitive information that can be compromised. In fact, hard drive destruction is probably the only way you will be able to ensure your information remains confidential and away from hackers or identity thieves who want to cause harm.

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Save Time and Money with Professional Hard Drive Destruction

With so much technology and information floating around, it’s more important than ever to safely and securely destroy your hard drive. While many people think they can just get rid of their computer without wiping the information, they quickly find out their data can be compromised in the worst way. Using a professional hard drive destruction service is one of the best ways to ensure the hard drive is dismantled and disposed of properly.

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How To Dispose of Old Technology

Many organizations have robust systems in place when it comes to the destruction of documents; perhaps they lock shredding into secure bins; work only with certified vendors; or require shredding to performed on-site for maximum security and peace of mind. However, many small and large business don’t have a similar process in place for technology, like cell phones, hard drives, laptops, tablets, and personal computers, all of which can contain secure information that, if compromised, can be used to harm either the business or it’s stakeholders, like clients and employees. Having a safe and compliant policy outlining the destruction of old technology can protect your business, your employees, and your customers from being targeted or attacked by criminals. In this blog post, we’ll outline the most important components of an electronic data disposal policy and how to choose the right vendor for the job.

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The Dangers of DIY Hard Drive Destruction 

Everything that you do on a device is recorded on the hard drive, making it a very valuable item for criminals. It's not just what you save, but all of the code needed to operate the device, access the network and support any accessory devices. Before cloud storage, hard drives were critical to devices, as they were the primary device to house all the data. However, even now, it's something that you shouldn't take any chances with. When you're done with a hard drive, destroying it on your own isn't recommended. Hard drive destruction cost by a professional company can be worth its weight in gold when you consider the alternatives. 

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Why Identity Thieves Love DIY Hard Drive Destruction

Hard Drive Destruction, NAID

When a computer or a hard drive has reached the end of its days, many people just throw it away. Some try to destroy the hard drive with a hard drive destruction tool that is not made to destroy hard drives. While tools such as drills and hammers might work to render the drives inoperable, do you really want to trust that you’ve destroyed the platters in your DIY hard drive destruction?

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Media Destruction with Royal Document Destruction

What is Media Destruction

Hard Drive Destruction, NAID

Your media – hard drives, USB drives and other digital storage media, all contain confidential information about you, or if you own a business, your clients. Throwing old computers and digital media out is like handing an identity thief the universe. Hard drive shredding and other media destruction keep thieves from accessing data on your digital media. Royal Document Destruction has mobile equipment that can “shred” all of your digital media.

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The Benefits of Shredding Local

It’s no secret that protecting sensitive data is a huge concern. While there are tons of document destruction companies, having a local shredding company on your team can help save time, money, and provide an additional layer of protection to documents being destroyed. No company wants to run the risk of having internal documents and information compromised. When using a local company, you’re able to build a relationship with the owner and employees to quickly resolve any issues if they arise. You’re also able to monitor what’s going on, including utilizing on-site services if they are available. It’s much easier to run over to a company that’s in town to help solve a problem or utilize your risk management team rather than having to travel long distances. For some organizations, having a document disposal company that’s far away just won’t do.

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