A recent Financial Times longread delves into datacenter storage use, e-waste, data security and Big Tech’s reuse practices (or lack thereof). We share a related tech tip for the rest of us.
In an article about recycling devices and the challenges of e-waste, USA Today mentioned a good tech tip about data erasure to protect your privacy.
Researchers at the University of Hertfordshire performed a study examining secondhand hard disk drives and found they often contained data from their previous owners.
If you have a computer that you are getting rid of you need to take special care of the data you have stored inside it. Whatever information you have saved on the hard drive inside: photos, documents, financial files, passwords, emails — personal information, does not simply go away if you hit delete or drop stuff in the Recycle Bin.
Ben Popken at NBC did a video showing some low-tech solutions to this problem. He trashes hard drives with everything from hammers and baseball bats, to submerging in water and burning with fire. Watch the video after the jump.
Identity theft doesn’t just happen when somebody sorts through your garbage or steals your wallet. Thieves can steal your digital identity as well.
Like many of us in the technology field (or even the home user) we’ve accumulated several PC’s which are no longer used. Wait! Before you decide to trash...