In light of documents released by WikiLeaks regarding potential CIA hacking tools last Tuesday, many Internet users have been increasingly paranoid about their data privacy. USA Today published an article with nine cybersecurity tips for devices, but forgot one imperative component of data security.

The nine tips USA Today lists are don’t get phished, turn on two-factor authentication, only use secure web browsers, use strong passwords, install a modern operating system, install security updates and patches, use a security program and use encrypted messaging software. While these are all useful tips for cybersecurity during a device’s use, data still poses a risk for being compromised after a devices use.

Compromised data during a device’s use is a common security concern amongst enterprises and consumers alike, but data remains at risk even when a device is retired. Old emails, pictures, passwords and more can remain on a device in the form of residual data. Residual data can stay behind on older devices, even if a factory reset is performed.

Encrypting information, performing factory resets and relying on cloud storage can prevent data compromise, but using industry-standard data erasure techniques is the best way to prevent any residual data theft. When reselling or recycling a device, users and enterprises should always review their data erasure processes to ensure the best quality techniques are used.

The best way to ensure an electronics reseller and recycler uses the proper data erasure protocol is by working with a certified IT asset manager. Certifications, such as an R2 certification, regularly review companies’ protocol to ensure the best techniques are used.

HOBI International, Inc. is an R2, RIOS, ISO 14001 and WBE certified IT asset manager. HOBI uses best-in-class data erasure techniques to ensure no residual data is left behind on devices that are resold and recycled.