When you delete a file on your computer, it doesn’t permanently delete the data from the hard drive. All you are doing is telling your computer that it can now use the space on the hard drive that used to contain the data you just deleted. Cyber criminals can still recover this file and steal the information from it. Just like you shred and destroy paperwork, you need a policy in place for destroying data when you dispose of old equipment.
You have an obligation to protect customer and staff information. Disposing on old equipment needs to be done properly to ensure information doesn’t get into the wrong hands.
How to destroy your data properly
Deleting or even formatting the hard drive in your device simply won’t cut it. You must ensure the data is gone forever. We recommend either crushing the hard drive, or the other option is called zeroing.
Crushing the hard drive is exactly that. You shred or crush the drive into tiny pieces. There is simply no way the data can be recovered if the hard drive is in pieces.
Zeroing the drive is the process of overwriting the drive with random data, essentially destroying the existing data stored on there. While one pass will destroy the data, we use a three-pass process. During the first pass, random data is written to the drive, then on the second pass, a series of 1’s and on the final pass, a series of 0’s.
Under GDPR regulations, you must protect customer and staff information. Whenever you are disposing, recycling or even donating old IT equipment, make sure the data is already deleted or destroyed. The last thing you want is for the data to get into the wrong hands.
Need help recycling or destroying data on your old equipment? Give us a call on 01543 889 444