Deleting Your History and Cookies.
If you use your computer for simple tasks, seaching keywords or connecting socially on social networking sites, then daily deleting your history and cookies might be the only security measures you need to keep yourself safe. But think seriously about the time you spend on your computer. Do you buy things from Amazon.com, or ebay, or other websites? Do you fill out forms with your email, address, credit card information, age or job position? You might want to consider a more secure erasing process. Think before you recycle.
Some Companies Claim they Erase Your Information.
Be careful. Is this a company one you trust? Does this company have a location you can find on a local map, a website, a representative you see in the community, a reputable company that has excellent ratings? Or is the a one-man-shop that works out of his garage. Don’t let some hacker convince you that, “it’s all good…”
Efficient Data Erasing Machine
Although this little red data erasing machine is small and slow, it does a good job. They claim, only 1 out of 1000 hard drives will have anything left on the disk. Urban E Recycling, inc. does not use this machine anymore. This little machine is often called, “the week-end warrior erasing project” because it takes most of the weekend to work.
Data Destruction to DoD Standards.
Permanent file deletion and absolute data erasure is a good lay person’s definition of DoD standard wiping. The total process still takes hours to erase the data completely. Urban E Recycling, inc. used to have 16 bays per machine, that was watched by security cameras 24 hours a day. We do not use these methods anymore. Our new policy to ‘never clean and sell hard drives’ was implemented January 1, 2016. *The cameras are still in place!
The standard full name: DoD 5220.22-M is the method and one that you should insist on before recycling if there is a slight possibility of compromising data on the drive. Urban E Recycling shreds hards drives instead of wiping.
The PD-4 powerful hard drive crusher
The PD-4 will automatically destroy all formats and sizes of hard drives, including Network SCSI and IDE Drives up to 2 inches in height. It breaks and mangles hard drives, which ensures the information is unrecoverable. Once destroyed, the hard drive is ready for disposal. This machine is portable and used by Urban E Recycling when the destruction of hard drives need to be physically seen, often for HIPAA security and legal information.
The Degausser – Demagnetizer of Information.
The Degausser is one of the oldest, and versatile machines to accomplish information erasing. There are several types of degaussers on the market now. The machine works by creating a strong magnetic field until the unit is neutralized beyond recovery. This is a very effective procedure for erasing data for recycling.
Hard Drive shredders destroy hard drive data by shredding and grinding multi-media pieces into tiny particles making them un-repairable. This Hard Drive shredder destroys hard drives, credit cards, floppy disks, flash drives, USB sticks, tapes, and DVD’s/CD’s. Using a single stage process this shredder will process 2,000 pieces per hour.
Now you have it.