Below is a recap of this week’s blog posts including 3 reasons why IT asset disposition can help your business, the benefits of a circular economy, security risks that Apple might be ignoring, and how purchasing used devices helps reduce e-waste.
A large aspect of any business is communication, and these days most business communication is conducted via technology such as phones, laptops, computers, tablets and smartphones. Technology has become an integral part of the business world, the problem is, it constantly needs to be updated to work properly. As a result, IT assets are retired every few years, and can become a hassle to get rid of. Having a disposition plan in place can relieve the stress of retiring old IT assets, prevent risk of data leaks, and help reduce electronic waste.
Due to improper waste management, the global waste crisis continues to grow exponentially year after year, leading to soil, air and water pollution. By practicing a circular economy, we are able to eliminate waste by converting used materials into reusable products, rather than getting rid of them all together. According to the Independent Circularity Gap Report 2021, only 8.6 percent of undesired products are reported to be circular, whereas 91.4 percent is a waste. Also, out of the 90 million tons of materials that are extracted each year and used throughout the world, only 9 percent is recycled.
Technology has become so prevalent that we hardly think twice about the apps we use or what information we provide. Smartphones hold anything from our passwords to bank account information, and data security should be a top priority for anyone storing personal information on any electronic device. Apple has boasted about their top-notch security features, but according to security researcher, Michael Horowitz, the tech giant may be ignoring a rather large security issue.
As fall quickly approaches, many tech companies are announcing new models and devices, and consumers may be deciding whether or not to make an upgrade. It may be tempting to pick up a sleek new device, but for the sake of the environment, consider purchasing a used device, or passing your down to someone in need before discarding it altogether. Approximately 300 million computers and one billion mobile devices are produced each year, and purchasing used devices reduces the need to manufacture more devices, which will eventually help reduce the amount of e-waste the world generates.