Many people will purchase or receive new computers and devices this holiday season. In fact, according to Forbes, IDC predicts the worldwide smart connected device market will accelerate past 2 billion units by the end of 2015. If you're among the lucky owners of new computers and devices this year, you or your company may be planning to get rid of the old computers or devices, which have been replaced by newer versions. If so, I urge you to do so with caution!
Along with a collection of potentially harmful toxins, computers and other connected devices house vital information including passwords, registration numbers, account information, addresses, telephone numbers, and a host of other private information. Your hard drive is a goldmine for identity thieves and it is important to use proven methods to wipe this data from existence, before disposing of devices. Simply throwing the devices or their hard drives away could potentially cause more harm than good.
Below, we reveal the proper techniques to dispose of computers and devices, guard against identity theft, and protect the environment:
- Backup significant files and information
- Sanitize your hard drive
- Dispose of your computer
Read on to learn more about each step.