40 Force: E-Cycling – Protecting Your Information
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) – We keep all kinds of personal information on our computers and our cell phones.
Photos, phone numbers, even our banking information. So what happens when you want to get rid of your old devices?
There are a few ways you can keep yourself safe.
These days, our lives are on our computers and phones. You can even deposit a check with a click of a mouse or a touch of the screen – making it much more dangerous when the hard drive from that device falls into the wrong hands.
Stan Prager of GoGeeks Computer Rescue told us, “Pprobably the most important is your computer hard drive because that’s going to have a lot of personal information on it and just because you put it in the recycle bin or erased the hard drive, that information can still be extracted by a professional.”
Prager tells us that even if you use a factory setting to clear your device, your information can still be recovered.
That’s why it’s so important to work with a reputable recycling company.
Environmental Integrity can either wipe your drive clean, completely reformat it with a magnetic device, or, as Kristina Dearborn explains, “We have a 100 horse power shredder in our facility where the hard drive is actually shredded into little itty bitty pieces, so no one can extract any of your information.
But if you’re still nervous about your information getting out you can give it the old D.I.Y. try.
“Take the hard drive out if you know how to do that and crush it with a hammer, a sledge hammer what have you…drill holes in it. You can put it in a bucket of water after that, that information can no longer be extracted,” Prager explained.
Prager actually told us that they occasionally hold hard drive destroying parties, where they have food and drinks and sledge hammers on hand.
All of the materials brought to our studios today will have their hard drives completely destroyed at the Environmental Integrity facility.