When you replace old computers or external drives what do you do? Do you delete the data and then just get rid of them? This 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. It is not just buyers who can access your old files. Cyber criminals often buy used hard drives and attempt to recover data from them. This could include anything from confidential business information to client details.

It is easy to forget about old data that you haven’t touched in many years, especially when you are excited about shiny new technology. However, it is important to consider what is on that old drive before selling it or disposing of it. Even if the drive is encrypted, it is still possible for data to be recovered. The same goes for if the drive is damaged. Some data could still be salvageable. It is better to be safe than sorry when it comes to sensitive information.

Think about it this way: would you leave important documents lying around for anyone to see? Of course not! Your digital information deserved the same level of protection.

So, what can you do to protect yourself and your data?

Don’t let your old hard drives become a liability. Take the time to have them properly wiped or destroyed before disposal. If you are upgrading your hardware, consider hiring a professional to handle the data transfer and ensure that your old devices are wiped clean.

This isn’t just about protecting yourself but also your employees, clients, and anyone else whose personal information may have been stored on the old drive.

It is a small investment to make for the peace of mind that comes with knowing your data is safe 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

If you would like any more help or advice, feel free to get in touch!



Published with permission from Your Tech Updates.