Vast amounts of data can be held on USB flash drives and external hard drives. If privacy is important to you (and it should be), digital media destruction is essential. Even small devices need to be disposed of carefully, as failing to protect sensitive information can have disastrous consequences. Shred-X can destroy any media devices that have stored data, ensuring your privacy.
THE DANGERS OF NOT DESTROYING DIGITAL MEDIA
Thieves target digital media, often with the aim of selling ‘trade secrets’ and stealing the identities of everyday people. Even if you think your information isn’t that important, you might not realise how sensitive it is. Everything from private emails to client contact details can be dangerous in the wrong hands.
If your private information were to become public, more than your reputation would be at stake. In Australia, strict privacy laws apply in every state and territory and new Notifiable Data Breach laws must be adhered to. Businesses are required to securely destroy personal information that they no longer require. Penalties apply to anyone who fails to comply with these privacy laws if a data breach were to occur.
REFORMATTING VS. MEDIA DESTRUCTION
You might be tempted to reformat your digital media device rather than throw it away. However, this is not a secure method of data destruction. Even if it looks as though it’s been wiped clean, your device may still hold sensitive information. Data can be restored from devices such as USB flash drives and hard drives using simple software.
Completely destroying digital media is the only 100% secure way to destroy data. However, many people still recycle their devices, or worse still, throw them in the general waste.
The practice of recycling devices has become so widespread that the National Association for Information Destruction (NAID) performed a study of recycled devices. It found that 30% of recovered devices contained private information, including:
- Medical files
- Banking details
- Personal emails
- Private photographs
- Client account information.
HOW DOES THE DESTRUCTION PROCESS WORK?
Shred-X provide a secure collection and transportation process ensuring the security of the collected assets. The Shred-X hard drive and digital media destruction service includes scanning and recording of serial numbers prior to degaussing and/or physical destruction of the item. This detailed information and a Certificate of Destruction is then provided to you for your records.
If recycling your e-waste is important to you, we can ensure the total destruction of all data, and ethical recycling of all parts. Once all data is securely removed from your items the remainder of the waste is broken down to recover plastics, metals, glass and gases. Our goal is to have minimal environmental impact. Separating the components into individual streams diverts these toxic substances from becoming land fill both here in Australia and overseas.
To find out more about the digital media and hard drive destruction services Shred-X provides, contact us today.
At Shred-X we take digital media destruction one step further. Our state of the art shredding machines are specifically designed to destroy all types of hardware and media. Don’t sell it … shred it … it’s not worth the risk. We’ll physically destroy the digital media and dispose of the tiny particles that remain.
We destroy all types of digital media:
- Hard drives
- Backup magnetic tapes
- Mobile phones
- USB sticks
- CDs, DVDs, Blu-Ray and HD DVDs
- Floppy disks and Zip Disks
- iMacs, laptops, etc.