Companies across the UK have grown more conscious about the pertinent rules and regulations for disposal and recycling of old computers and other sorts of IT equipments. The business owners of the country have become aware about the ill effects of improper computer disposal. This is because the amended laws of the country leave no space for unplanned and inappropriate disposal of hazardous materials that are the prime constituents of the gadgets we use every day, computers, laptops, mobile phones, printers, scanners and endless. However, data protection is a certain stage amidst the whole procedure which is often overlooked. Data is not properly wiped off from magnetic hard drives and are exposed to the risk of hacking and misuse. The complete process of data destruction before disposal is what every business owner needs to have a look at. A brief rundown is here.
Privatized third party disposal services
Apart from government controlled entities and manufacturers, there are many independent contractors in the UK who offer legally compliant disposal services all across the country. These companies act as third party contractors and act in accordance with the prevalent laws of the country. Professional IT disposal technicians comprise of the workforces of these companies. The disposal personnel of these companies make use of the legitimate disposal and recycling methods to either obliterate or give rebirth to certain worn out computer parts. However, these companies hardly commit to erase the data of their client computers and do not ensure data safety. A prudent business person will surely give thoughts to new-age software programs and tools to erase the data from their computers and mobile phone with no mark left behind before disposal.
Data destruction hiccups
When it comes to data wiping, many business owners jump for widely available data destruction software programs. It is true that there are quite a few software products available in the market. These programs are proclaimed to be effective in comprehensive data erasure. But the truth is that they mainly wipe of the data virtually. Solid hard drives are now being manufactured using wear-level technology that ensures restoration of data. Hackers can easily obtain the data from the casted away hard drives. Therefore, you should think beyond trending software programs and conventional methods of data wiping before computer disposal.
The problem with wear leveling technology, as intimated before, is that many memory locations remain out-of-the-way of the conventional data destruction methods. Remnants of the so-called deleted data can easily be retrieved by scrupulous people who always hunger for insecure data and can reuse your data for unfair purposes. Identity theft is a probable consequence.
As goes the axiom, necessity is the mother of invention, many IT disposal companies are coming up with breakthrough solutions for complete data erasure. Degaussing is a proven effective method for data destruction. You should ask for a complete data destruction report from the disposal and recycling agency you opt for. You should also assess their data destruction procedure before choosing a particular company.