Shred Hard Drives to Eliminate Access to Information
I deleted everything off my computer, so all the information is gone nowâ€¦. right? While this may be a common thought, the fact of the matter is all the information still lives on the deviceâ€™s hard-drive-no matter how times it may be cleared from a desktop or deleted from the recycling bin.
Aspects to consider with shredding Hard-Drives and other electronic devices:
Comply with Hazardous Waste Standards:
If not completed by professionals, hazardous waste can be emitted which may lead to violations of the U.S. Department of Public Health and Environment Electronic and Universal Waste Regulations as well as other state regulations. Violations of these standards can result in heavy fines and other implications for an organization.
Guarantee Secure Disposal:
Recycling your old office computer and other electronics without shredding can put your confidential information into the wrong hands can lead to a data breach. To ensure this doesnâ€™t occur, insist on the shredding being done by certified professionals. Lincoln Archives processes a NAID AAA Certification in hard-drive shredding, therefore providing the confidence that all information will be securely destroyed.
Shred additional electronic devices:
Hard drives are not the only devices that contain confidential information during and after use. Devices such as Cell Phones, DVDâ€™s/CDâ€™s, USB Drives, Floppy Disks, and Zip Disks should all be shredded as well to destroy information. In fact, shredding is the only way to guarantee secure disposal of information on Data Storage Tapes. More information can be found on our Hard Drive & Backup Tape Shredding page.
Lincoln Archives is the ONLY Family Owned, LOCAL Company providing NAID AAA certified secure document shredding services and is a proud member of Lincoln Family of Companies serving the Western New York Community since 1914.
by Kathryn Turner