It's not just paper that contains sensitive information. More and more, businesses and homes are going paperless, storing their sensitive data digitally on computers or other electronic media devices. Banking information, classified business information, and even medical records are all now kept in a digital format. But did you know that data is recoverable from a old hard drive, even if you've erased all your files?
Deleting your files does not guarantee that your data has been removed from the hard drive because it can easily be recovered by free software. The only way to adequately protect yourself from a data breach is to have old hard drives destroyed. This process is required for compliance with Illinois privacy laws, including HIPAA and FACTA.
Don't just assume this means only the hard drive in your traditional desktop computer is at risk. Hard drives are hidden everywhere in a home or office. Devices like scanners, fax machines, and printers all have hard drives that might have saved a copy of every digital file these devices have received throughout their lifetime.
Hard drive destruction is a critical step in protecting your electronic information. Additionally, it can be key to protecting the environment. After the shredding process, the hard drives are properly disposed of while compliant with EPA regulations. Additionally, services follow all state hazardous waste requirements. Keep your information safe while also protecting your planet.
Electronic Devices that Require Destruction
- Embedded flash on boards and devices, including motherboards and peripheral cards such as network adapters or any other adapter containing non volatile flash memory
- Biomedical devices such as physiologic monitors, infusion pumps, ventilators, MRI, CT, and diagnostic ultrasound and laboratory analyzers
- RAM and ROM-based storage devices
- Legacy magnetic media like floppy drives, zip disks and magnetic tapes
- Mobile devices like cell phones, smart phones, PDAs, tablets and laptops
- USB removable media such as pen drives, thumb drives, flash drives and sticks
- Memory cards, including SD, SDHC, MMC, compact flash, microdrive and memory sticks
- Fax machines, scanners, copiers, and printers
- Optical media, including CDs and DVDs
- PC hard drives
Chicago Document Shredding's network provides hard drive shredding services. Our partners pulverize your hard drives, and then melt down the metal pieces for recycling, assuring absolute destruction. Hard drive destruction can be performed at your location or at a secure facility, and you'll receive a Certificate of Destruction once the job is done.
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Protecting your digital data is of utmost importance. Data breaches often result in hundred of thousands of files being stolen, putting you and countless others at risk. Don't be careless with your hard drives.
Make sure your data in not recoverable today by contacting Chicago Document Shredding at (847) 978-4918, or requesting a free quote by filling out the form to the left.