Today is National Data Privacy Day, a day devoted to educating technology users and companies everywhere about proper data disposal and electronics recycling techniques. There are many options for both data erasure and electronics recycling, but some are more secure than others.
There are many well-known avenues for recycling and reselling electronics. Major retailers such as Barnes & Noble and Best Buy have sell-back opportunities, as well as other online venues devoted to electronics resale. Before reselling electronics, it’s usually standard for users to perform a basic disk wipe or just delete any sensitive information, but this often is not enough.
A study conducted by Blancco Technology Group and Kroll Ontrack reviewed devices sold through popular electronics resale sites contained residual data. Of the reviewed devices, 35 percent contained sensitive information from past users, and some of the information was even isolated enough to identify the past user. The residual data on these devices included photos, videos, call logs, text messages (SMS and IM) and e-mails.
Blancco and Kroll’s study demonstrates the importance of proper data erasure. Any remaining emails, messages, photos or videos could give away vital information such as passwords to financial apps, or other corporate assets. For this reason, it’s imperative individuals seeking proper electronics recycling or resale use the best possible data sanitization techniques. One way to ensure proper protocol is observed is working with a certified electronics recycler.
HOBI International, Inc. is a R2, RIOS, ISO 14001 certified IT asset management company. We provide full-scale solutions for enterprises of all sizes, including data management, data erasure and electronics remarketing/resale. HOBI properly erases all data so that no sensitive information is left behind, then chooses the best route for devices, whether that be resale or recycle.
Whether as an individual or as a corporation, staying up-to-date on the best data privacy and security practices ensures safety for all sensitive information. Beyond proper data erasure and electronics recycling, some tips for the best data protection include using various passwords for different websites, always using secure networks for sensitive apps, and recognizing potentially malicious messages through email and social networking. Happy National Data Privacy Day!