Below is a recap of this week’s blog posts including making reverse logistics part of your ITAD plan, whether or not tech companies are really supporting users’ right to repair, how to stay on top of hackers while holiday shopping and how WVU is recycling minerals for national defense.
When deciding on what to do with retired IT assets, an ITAD provider is the most logical route, but most do not consider IT asset management while searching. The proper disposition of IT equipment is extremely important for the environment, but managing the flow of IT equipment is essential for every business.
The Right to Repair is a movement focused on protecting consumers’ right to repair their own devices. Started in 2012, the movement now covers all electronic devices including house appliances and farming equipment. In the past, major tech giants like Apple and Microsoft lobbied against the movement but have recently hopped on board. Many of these companies announced self-repair kits and expanded their repair policies, however, some aren’t convinced the willingness to help the right to repair is authentic.
It’s officially spooky season, and what’s scarier than someone stealing your personal information? October marks the start of the holiday season, and many people are getting a jump start on their Christmas shopping, but not everyone will be shopping in-store. Online shopping is no new phenomenon but was thrust into the spotlight during quarantine, and many people still prefer the convenience of shopping from home. It may be nice to avoid the crowds, however, early-bird Christmas shoppers are not the only people shopping online.
Electronic waste has been an issue for many years and continues to grow, especially with how much society depends upon technology, and West Virginia University researchers have developed a new process for recycling e-waste to extract used raw materials used to build national defense technology.