With the new year quickly approaching, Christmas will be here before we know it — which means long lines outside of stores, cold fingers and brand new electronics. It’s the time of year we all anticipate a glossy new iPhone or the latest tablet. This is also the time of year for theft. As we tear into our upgraded devices, our old electronics become an afterthought, carelessly discarded with the trash, or left on the curb as someone else’s treasure. What if we told you the device itself wasn’t the only thing being stolen? Today we discuss some tips for data security for the upcoming holiday season.
Data: Receiving new electronics can be a distracting experience, and often, our old devices are discarded immediately. Some may take the time to delete a few apps or an account here and there for whoever ends up with the device next. What most don’t realize is that even after you delete things, a large amount of data is still stored on the device. Personal information such as your name, bank account information, passwords, purchase history, etc. is still there for anyone to find if not properly disposed of.
Security: Keeping your data safe should be a priority before and after upgrading to a new device. Strong passwords help prevent anyone from hacking into your device, typically a random mixture of meaningless numbers and characters that can’t be easily guessed or associated with anything in your life. Firewalls and anti-virus protection are another source of protection for browsing during the holidays, as well as keeping your passwords and software updated. Hard drives left behind contain data left over from previous usage. Encrypting this data makes it more difficult for someone to read it.
Recycling: Perhaps the most effective method of data protection when disposing of old electronics is recycling. Not only is this an environmentally friendly option, but most recycling facilities wipe data from old electronics before recycling, ensuring that no personal information is leaked. Finding an ITAD provider that puts your data security first is crucial when retiring old electronics.
IT asset disposition facilities like HOBI International Inc. collect old, retired IT assets whether it’s old mobile devices, desktops, or tablets, and ensure that they are properly disposed of in an eco-friendly manner. HOBI specifically focuses on maximizing economic return, and mitigating potential environmental liability. Data security is our top priority. HOBI ensures that all data is completely wiped from each device via an internally-developed data erasure tool, the HOBI Shield®, enduring peace of mind for our clients.
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