If you have an old computer and aren't sure what to do about it, don't just throw it away. Most electronics have toxic metals and other materials that can be very harmful to the environment if put in the landfill. Many states have also passed legislation regarding e-waste to help keep our environment safe. I cn hlp you dispose of your computer equipment safely and responsibly.
If there are usable parts, I'll keep those for repairing computers. When possible, I then recycle your computer equipment through Dell's mail-back program. Dell then reuses them to make new Dell products.
Data security is a growing concern for individuals and businesses alike. Even if you take precautions online and in your daily activities, leaving old hard drives lying around or tossing them into the trash puts your personal information at risk. Even if the drives are broken or have bad sectors, data can still be recovered. If your drive gets into in the wrong hands this could mean identify theft. Additionally, there are numerous laws and regulations that relate to data retention and data sanitization on data storage devices like hard disk drives, inlcuing the Health Information Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act (PIPEDA), Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act (GLBA), Payment Card Industry Data Security (PCI DSS), the Sarbanes-Oxley Act (SBA), and SEC Rule 17a.
Because of this, before recycling your computer, I'll sanatize your hard drive or SSD drive. The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) definition of "sanitization" is "a process that renders access to target data on the media infeasible for a given level of effort." The methods an organization chooses to sanitize its data depends heavily on the confidentiality level of that data. Essentially, NIST describes three methods that can help ensure that data is not unintentionally accessed:
✔ NIST Clear. This method sanitizes data in all user-addressable storage locations using logical techniques. It is usually applied through the standard Read and Write commands to the storage device.
✔ NIST Purge. This method applies physical or logical techniques that prevent data recovery using advanced laboratory techniques.
✔ NIST Destroy. This method relies on physical destruction using state-of-the art techniques to prevent data recovery, but also prevents the media from being reused for data storage.
I provide NIST Clear and NIST Purge sanitization. If you don't require a signed, tamper-proof Certificate of Erasure to prove compliance with local, national and global data protection regulation, there's no charge. If you DO need this certiifcation, I provide this for $30 per hard drive/SSD drive.
If you have computer euipment that needs to be recycled, or just hard drives/SSD drives that need to have all the data securely purged, contact me today!