Why securely destroy devices?

Having data at our fingertips is a defining characteristic of our modern world. However, the devices we rely on to access the digital world can pose a threat if they fall into the wrong hands. You may know better than to just toss devices and electronics in the trash, but for many of us old devices tend to collect in drawers or boxes. However, the best solution is secure destruction. Why? Here are three reasons you should securely destroy devices.

1. Protect your data

Secure destruction of electronics and smart devices is critical to protect your personal data. The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) warns that when you “dispose of, donate, or recycle a device you may inadvertently disclose sensitive information, which could be exploited by cyber criminals.” Never underestimate the depth and breadth of information our devices contain about us. Don’t take chances with your data. Choose to securely destroy devices.

2. Deleting is NOT reliable

At this point you may be wondering why you cannot simply delete data or do a factory reset. However, the CISA warns not to rely on routine deletion methods. Keep in mind that deleting and factory resets are designed to create space for new data to be written. But these methods do NOT actually erase data. Many times deleted files can be recovered by simply connecting the device to a computer and browsing. Therefore, normal deletion methods are not considered secure.

3. Responsibly recycle materials

When you securely destroy devices with a professional service provider, it is likely they have an e-waste and electronics recycling program. This simply means that they not only destroy devices, they also work with other services to responsibly recycle the materials. The great benefit for you is that not only are you securing your data be rendering it unreadable, you are also doing your part to recycle electronic waste.

How to securely destroy devices

Now that you know the why, let’s take a look at how you can securely destroy devices. At DSS we always recommend physical destruction to guarantee all data is left completely unreadable. The good news is that a professional service provider makes the entire process not only secure but also convenient for you. In the fact the entire process consists of only three steps.

Step 1: Collection

You have two options for collection: drop off or pick up. The service provider will either come to your location to pickup the devices or you can take the devices to a secure facility for destruction.

Step 2: Crushing and shredding

Smaller devices and laptops will be processed using special equipment to crush and shred the items into small pieces. Larger devices such as desktop computers and copiers, will be opened up to remove hard drives and memory cards for shredding.

Step 3: Recycling

The remaining materials will be collected in large containers until there is enough material to ship to a processing facility. There the materials will be further broken down, separated, and sorted. Finally, the various materials will be recycled for use in an array of products.

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