We’ve talked about data safety and protection before. Besides the destruction of information from crashes and deletion, threats to your data’s safety come in the form of threats to its security, and that affects your privacy. Insecure data on current PCs and in our discussions, discarded PC hard drives, is a hot target for criminal activity and identity theft.
Tech columnist Brian Krebs has a great article where he tries to tackle the challenge of explaining why a hacker would want to get into your PC. He focuses in on the myriad of ways a hacked PC can be used to cause trouble in your life, online and off. What’s interesting is that most of the items listed are some sort of data or personal information.
While we focus on recovering lost files and data in our service, we always like to remind customers that the data saved on their hard drives and digital storage devices should be deleted securely when drives are discarded. Krebs’ diagram gives plenty of examples of how the bits and bytes of information we store on our PCs can be used for all sorts of nefarious behaviour.
You can use CBL Data Shredder to erase sensitive information and protect your privacy.
Source: Krebs on Security
Category: data loss prevention