When there are conversations about data security and the destruction of hard drives, there are always various questions and misinformation floating around. The incorrect information and the unanswered questions can lead to sensitive data being exposed. Even after many businesses and organizations make several attempts to wipe their hard drives and other equipment clean, data can still be easily recovered.
People who purchase used hard drives and other computer-related equipment online will discover that those hard drives still hold a considerable amount of sensitive information, including data that can be used to personally identify the previous owner. There are also hard drives that will hold a considerable amount of company data, including employee information, emails, and financial data.
When one wants to protect personal data or business-related data, there needs to be a greater understanding of the information surrounding data destruction and hard drive crushers. Many people believe that formatting a hard drive will result in the destruction of data. Unfortunately, many people are familiar with how to retrieve data from a hard drive that has been reformatted.
The right tools and the right software can result in confidential data being placed in the wrong hands. One does not have to be a computer expert or a hacker in order to retrieve data from a hard drive that has been formatted, especially if that person is familiar with how to use data recovery software.
Often times, people think that using the delete key on a computer will completely erase everything for good. However, this is not the case. Erasing data from your hard drive does not mean that no one will have access to those files again. Deleting the files from the hard drive will only get rid of one of the main access points to the file; there will always be other ways to access the files from another access point.
When you want to completely get rid of your sensitive data and your hard drives, the best way to achieve this is to physically destroy the drive. You do not want your data to be recovered by anyone, and using hard drive equipment will ensure that your data cannot be recovered. Your hard drives will be shredded and it will go through a finalizing process that ensures your business will be protected moving forward.
If you would like to learn more about the proper way to destruct a hard drive, please do not hesitate to contact us today.