When you replace old computers or external drives, do you delete data and then just… get rid of them?
You could be putting your sensitive data at risk.
A new study by a data recovery specialist shows that millions of deleted files can be recovered from improperly wiped hard drives that are sold online.
Your old files are accessible to more than just buyers. Cybercriminals frequently purchase used hard drives in order to recover data from them. This could range from private business information to client information.
When you’re thrilled about new technology, it’s easy to forget about old data. However, before selling or disposing of that old drive, think about what’s on it.
Even if the drive is encrypted, data recovery is still possible. And even if the drive is damaged, some of the data may still be recoverable. When it comes to sensitive information, it’s best to be cautious than sorry.
Think about it this way: Would you leave important documents lying around for anyone to see? Of course not! Your digital information deserves the same level of protection.
So what can you do to protect yourself?
Don’t allow old hard drives to turn into a liability. Before disposing of them, take the time to have them thoroughly wiped or destroyed. Consider hiring a professional to handle data transfer and guarantee that your old devices are wiped clean if you’re replacing gear.
This isn’t only about keeping yourself safe. It’s about safeguarding your employees, clients, and anyone else whose sensitive information may have been kept on that outdated drive.
It’s a little price to pay for the piece of mind that comes from knowing your data is protected from prying eyes.
Don’t take chances with your data – take action to protect it:
⦁ Properly wipe or destroy old hard drives
⦁ Bring in a professional for your hardware upgrades
⦁ Upgrade your overall security practices