With every new technology roll out, there are new functionalities and efficiencies. Along with all of these benefits is the problem of managing what to do with your end-of-life equipment. There are two very important factors that make the process of e-wasting equipment a major concern. These two factors are the environment and security.
In terms of the environment, all that old equipment has chemicals that release damaging particles. These particles seep into the ground and damage our water supply. Moreover, Data breach is a very common issues when equipment is improperly disposed. The following guide will help you with determining the best strategy for e-wasting equipment within your organization.
Each year e-waste is expanding exponentially.
Help combat this in a way that is safe for your organization.
- Be aware of local and federal regulations. Legislative issues can propose a liability for failing to adhere to sound disposal practice.
- Sanitize before disposal. Software tools help to erase data and destruction techniques can be used to physical destroy hardware.
- Re-use or sell. Used equipment has value and it is a positive alternative to filling landfills.
- Find a recycler that is reputable.
- Donate your equipment to charities.
Security is Priority
Most of us are legally obligated to ensure that sensitive or personally identifiable client information is protected. The easy solution to this is that nothing that is disposed of should have readable data.
In the following blog, “How to Securely Erase Hard Drives (HDDs) and Solid State Drives (SSDs) in 2016,” we show that many individuals will sell their drives without properly erasing information and thus many of them have data leaks. These leaks include company emails, spreadsheets containing sales projects, and product inventories. It becomes quickly apparent that it is very easy to make sensitive data available to an unintended audience. Moreover, even if information is not used for illegal purposes, owners of disposed equipment can still be held accountable for negligence.
How Do You Remove Sensitive Data?
For Hard Drives and Solid State Drives take a look at our previously mentioned article which gives an in-depth discussion on the topic. To sum it up, your drives should go through erasure software many times over or should be completely destroyed. If you are comfortable with using software to erase your drives, take a look at Darik’s Boot and Nuke. If you’re not a Tech guru, no problem.
Electronic recycling firms can take care of the problem so that you can focus on other stuff. However, not all electronic recyclers are created equal. Do your research and make sure you are picking a reputable recycler and maybe one that has been certified to participate in the e-recycling industry.
Ask your recycler for a certificate of destruction. This document will help with determining the legitimacy of the firm. The document also comes in handy in case you ever have to deal with future legal questions.
Stay Vigilant of the Environment and Sensitive Information
You organization will inevitable upgrade to new equipment in order to keep up with the modern technical environment. Disposal of obsolete equipment is major concern that should be properly handled to protect both the environment and sensitive information. WEBUYUSEDITEQUIPMENT.NET has the resources to properly handle the disposal of your used and end-of-life equipment. Take a look at our certificate of data destruction and fill out the quote on the right for a quick and hassle-free recycling service.