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They Shred Paper, Don’t They?

Banks and other businesses, like government agencies, have paper documents and other highly sensitive information on them. So, when it comes time to dispose of those documents, they shred them first. Some outsource the shredding to paper shredding companies. Others have their documents incinerated. But what do you do when the documents you need to get rid of are stored on your computer’s hard drive?

Well, for individuals who plan to recycle or re-use their hard drives, one option would be to download free hard drive erasing software.  But that’s for individuals or small-businesses with fewer than 10 employees. But what if your small business has 20, 30 or 50 employees?  Is erasing computer hard drives really the best use of your IT team’s time? Probably not.

Fortunately, it’s not necessary for small-business leaders to spend time wiping clean every hard drive on every desktop or laptop computer that they plan to recycle or discard. Just as you can shred paper documents before throwing them in a recycle bin or dumpster, you can also shred or, more accurately, have shredded, any hard drive that you no longer plan to use for your business.

If you’re going to do that, then you probably should check, double check and triple check to make sure that all relevant or mission-critical information has been transferred and stored elsewhere. The same thing applies to small-business leaders who decide to completely erase their computers’ hard drives. Once that data is gone, it’s gone forever.

Shredlock is also one of only a few companies in Australia that can offer SCEC (Security Construction and Equipment Committee) endorsed equipment for Hard Drive and media destruction to all levels of security, even to ‘Top Secret’ Australian Government standards reducing whole hard drives to 3mm particles in just minutes. Whilst some technology companies claim that hard drive destruction can be achieved by information wiping and although some of these programmes for doing such work are now extremely sophisticated, they still cannot provide the absolute guarantee of total destruction that physical disintegration provides.

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