Imagine your neighbor offered you a deal on a laptop that he got a couple years ago, you buy it, get it home and find intimate photo’s, bank information with access codes, and other private data residing on the hard drive. Do you think the neighbor could have done something to protect his before personal information? Criminals love to find personal information on hard drives that individuals have not taken the actions needed to protect themselves.
With today’s ever changing technology users are frequently buying and upgrading new laptops, desktops, mobile phones, tablets and other smart devices to attain the latest new hardware or software applications. This is all well and good, but the one thing we aren’t doing constantly is protecting or deleting the data that is left behind on those old devices before we sell them or donate them.
Data destruction or data wiping as we call it is the process that will protect your identity. This is a software-based method of overwriting the data that aims to completely destroy all electronic data residing on a hard disk drive or other digital media. Permanent data erasure goes beyond basic file deletion commands, which only remove direct pointers to the data disk sectors and make the data recovery possible with common software tools. Unlike degaussing and physical destruction, which render the storage media unusable, data erasure removes all information while leaving the disk operable. New flash memory–based media implementations, such as solid-state drives or USB flash drives can cause data erasure techniques to fail allowing remnant data to be recoverable . This method is designed to clean hard drives in laptops with physical storage media; however, it doesn’t delete data from any of your cloud storage sources.
After performing a disk cleaning or wipe, you now have a blank slate to work with and no chance that your former personal data ends up with the next owner of your device. Contact your Cadan sales rep, if you’d like to have your old devices wiped cleaned before getting in the hands of their new owner.