Physically destroying old office equipment and hard drives is the most surefire way to ensure your company’s proprietary and/or confidential information does not end up in the wrong hands. Without proper disposal, you put your organization at risk of data breach, potentially impacting your company in countless negative ways — putting you at risk for penalties, fines, and bad PR.
The most secure, effective way to protect your data when it’s time to replace old computers, servers, and other office equipment is through professional hard drive destruction and shredding services. RAKI Electronics Recycling provides secure data destruction services for companies all around America. Our e-waste disposal facility based in Houston practices high-level security protocols to ensure that from pickup to final data destruction, your data remains 100% confidential. We aren’t just here to protect your company’s privacy though — our hard drive destruction and shredding services are also integrated into a standardized process of e-waste recycling. RAKI is an EPA, ISO: 14001 and 45001 certified recycler with more than 30 years experience in the e-recycling business.
We always provide careful, excellent customer service and are constantly upgrading our processes to meet and exceed the latest environmental regulation standards. Our services are designed to reliably protect your company’s data, each and every time you use us. Ensure data security standards and environmental best practices are followed by hiring RAKI Electronics Recycling for your organization’s hard drive destruction and shredding needs.
Unsecure Hard Drive Elimination Practices
RAKI ensures total hard drive destruction, so that your data remains confidential. Other companies, however, may follow less reliable practices, such as:
- Throwing hard drives away — Not only is this totally insecure and blatantly risky, leaving your data at high risk of capture by information thieves and dumpster divers, it also contributes to toxic electronic waste in the environment. On multiple levels this is a very unprofessional way of managing e-waste and is essentially asking for identity theft and data leak problems down the road.
- Stockpiling — Another nonviable approach to dealing with old hard drives is locking them away in an old storage facility. This data has a high likelihood of at some point becoming targeted by fraudsters and criminals looking to profit off of your company’s private data (there are many, many ways they could profit off of it).
- Data Deletion — Research by Kroll illustrates the problem with data deletion clearly, finding that a significant number of second-hand hard drives that supposedly had had their data deleted still had confidential information, pictures, and more still on them. Even reformatting or overwriting a hard drive does not guarantee that sensitive information cannot be recovered. Even degaussing (the elimination of the magnetic field) is not always sufficient for fully erasing data on a hard drive.
Follow Best Practices for Hard Drive Destruction
Instead of using any of these methods, your company’s hard drives should be professionally shredded before they are recycled, to ensure that data has been securely destroyed. The only surefire way of ensuring data is unrecoverable is to physically destroy the hard drive. We encourage you to regularly clean out old hard drives from your business and have them destroyed/shredded by RAKI Electronics Recycling. From our white glove pickup services to our global logistics assistance, you can rely on RAKI for competitively priced, extremely thorough hard drive destruction and shredding services. We guarantee you won’t find the quality of service we offer anywhere else. Contact us now to get a free secure data destruction quote for your hard drives and other e-waste.