In a new study released on March 24th, the National Association for Information Destruction (NAID) found that 40 percent of used electronic devices sold on the secondhand market contained personally identifiable information (PII). Usernames, passwords, credit card data, tax details and contact information was found on used hard drives, mobile phones and tablets analyzed in the study. The recovery process used to identify data on more than 250 devices required no advanced forensic training.
These findings underscore the importance of destroying obsolete and outdated electronic devices. Sensitive information on erased or “wiped” computers, back up tapes and hard drives is easily recoverable. As a result, strict measures should be taken to guarantee data on used digital devices is permanently destroyed.
A NAID AAA Certified hard drive shredding service is the most effective solution for ensuring digital data is irrevocably destroyed. Advanced shredding equipment pulverizes each device into tiny pieces, rendering the digital data unreadable. The destroyed devices are then separated into component parts and recycled according to EPA regulations.
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Pacific Records Management provides shredding services for businesses throughout Fresno, Stockton, Sacramento, Modesto, and Napa and Solano Counties.