Employees Slow To Return To The Office Bring Hard Drive Data Safety To Mind

When Covid-19 first arrived on our shores, governments recommended staying home. Some employers sent their employees home with computers so the employees could continue earning money, and the employer could stay open and not go under. However, whether those employees return to the office or continue working from home, data security should be a concern.

According to Density, 60 percent of the employees working from home expect to be back to work by the end of Q1 2021. If an employee is using a personal computer for work, or if the employee is using a work computer but quits, what happens to your data?

You can ask the employee to turn in the computer or the hard drive, but then what do you do with it?

You could end up with a stack of hard drives just sitting in a box. Instead, make sure your data is really safe with hard drive destruction. Destroying those old hard drives ensures that the data stays safe.

Recycling Old Computers

Some employers might consider recycling old computers. However, that is not always the best idea. When you reuse hard drives, even if you “wiped” the drive, information is often left on the drive. Instead of recycling old computers, remove the hard drive and shred it. You can either replace the hard drive in the computer or get rid of the computer.

Other digital media that should never be recycled to a new owner includes thumb drives, DVDs and CDs, SD cards and mobile phones – especially mobile phones. People like to sell them to recover some money, but your data is never 100 percent gone.

Hard Drive Destruction

Leaving personal data on a hard drive is bad enough when you’re an individual. But when an employee does it, not only could his or her information get into the wrong hands, but so could your customers’ information. Information is everywhere – in saved emails, files, caches, program histories, cookies, and more.

Hard drive shredding prevents that from happening. If you have employees working from home on personal computers, it is best to get them a work computer and make sure all information is off their personal hard drive. And, for employees already using a work computer, make sure that the hard drive makes it back to the office when the employee returns to the office or quits.

Data Security Reviews

When it comes to data security, you might want to read reviews of previous customers. Some of our customers have said:

  • Informative, punctual, and professional. This customers regretted not telling family and friends to have a shred party. This customer will use us again.

  • Went to the customer’s house to shred around 10 boxes of documents. Great communication through the whole process. Efficient and friendly – even with the foot of fresh snow.

  • Great price and kudos for Jacob for setting everything up in a timely fashion. This customer will use this service again next year.

  • A bail bonds company submitted a request and got an immediate response and professional service. The tech was professional and practiced safe distancing. Easy process. This company highly recommends us.

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Contacting Shred America for Shredding Services

The best way to get rid of sensitive information is to learn how to dispose of old computers: Remove and shred the hard drive. You can always rebuild the bones of the computer to use it again, or just recycle the metal and plastic pieces.

Contact Shred America for an appointment to shred documents and digital media.