Many business owners look toward the recycle bin when it comes to deleting customer data and, while that does work when it comes to computer file management – you can’t rely on it when it’s your customer’s personal information. For a start, there are hundreds of file/data restoration programs out there that can bring files back from the dead with a click of a button. It’s certainly not a safe way of disposing of data. So If you want to ensure the safe disposal of data (whatever it is) let’s have a look at a few of your options.
Data Destruction Services
One of the most accurate ways of destroying data and ensuring it’s gone forever is to hire a data destruction business to handle your requirements. Businesses like EOL IT Services specialize in data destruction and offer various services depending on your needs. From mobile devices to hard drives and magnetic data – they have a solution for you if you want to be rid of data securely. The services they offer are 100% accurate, meaning you’ll never face any issues down the line.
If your device still works and you can still access files, you may benefit from a disk wipe. A disk wipe is actually not guaranteed to completely wipe all the data – but it’s about as close as you can get to data destruction services. Many devices come with a disk wipe option in their control panels. If it’s a computer/mac you are using you can read a good article here to help you complete a disk wipe. You should be cautious here, however, as a disk wipe will completely clean your drives and you’ll be left with no programs or files.
Damage the Hardware Yourself
Unless you have some sort of idea of what you’re doing, you may benefit from the above two options instead. However, if you don’t have the time or the money to consider the other options, you may want to learn how to securely dispose of the data yourself. For example, if your mobile broke and you’re looking to get rid of all the data, you’re better off cutting up your sim card. If you’re that skeptical about throwing your phone in the bin, simply break it into as many smaller pieces as you can. You can never be too cautious here, so feel free to go as crazy as you’d like.
There are also many software solutions available to you that work on all the latest handheld devices and computers. These pieces of software are excellent if you’re self-conscious about your data and you want to regularly rid of it. They are pretty cheap and easy to use – simply pressing a button is all it takes to completely get rid of data.
Your best option to securely getting rid of data is to hire data destruction services as pointed out above. But there are numerous options available should you wish to take on the destruction of the data yourself.
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