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The Most Business Friendly Hard Drive Destruction Service

Hard Drive Destruction Service

For consumers, the standard hard drive wipe might be fine. But for businesses, this isn’t acceptable. A hard drive destruction service done by a professional shredding company is the only solution.

Here’s a case study that illustrates why this is:

The Blancco Technology Group and Kroll Ontrack did a security study that involved 200 used hard drives and solid state drives. They purchased these used hard drives from Amazon, eBay and Gazelle.com.

  • 36% of the hard drives had residual (left over) data.
  • Only 10% of these 200 hard drives had secure data erasure done. Secure data erasure requires a special software program.
  • Deletion attempts were made on 75% of the drives with residual data.

The deletion attempts were largely unsuccessful because common but unreliable methods of data deletion were used.

This potentially could have left much sensitive information available to cyber criminals. A cyber criminal only needs the right software and know-how to access deleted data from a used hard drive.

So if conventional data removal methods aren’t effective, what can you do?

Proper E-waste Solutions

The goal of this post is to show you that there’s a 100% reliable and practical method to properly destroy a hard drive or solid state drive.

This is most important for businesses that handle confidential information from customers, including important information like credit card numbers. For this type of business, a hard drive destruction service is necessary.

Properly Upgrading

The challenge that many businesses face is when they have to upgrade their computer systems. They carelessly throw out old hard drives or computers, and this leaves them easily accessible to computer hackers and thieves.

The safest and most practical course of action for a business is to utilize a hard drive destruction service from a professional shredding company. A professional will come to your office and remove the hard drives from the computers for you.

Don’t Manually Delete Data

As we mentioned earlier, the most commonly used methods of data removal: manually deleting files, hard drive wiping, formatting, are not effective enough, and a business certainly needs to do better than that. Not just for the sake of the company and the customers, but to also comply with business regulations, a hard drive destruction service is necessary.

Again, manually deleting data doesn’t work. It doesn’t delete the data from the hard drive; it only hinders the ability of the device to locate the data. However, the actual data is still on the device and it’s recoverable.

And when it comes to formatting a drive, results vary because each operating system is different. The “quick format” is also unreliable.

How To Properly Dispose Of Old Hard Drives

When you have a fair number of hard drives to dispose of, a shredding company’s hard drive destruction service is the best option.

There are software programs that can do a decent job of erasing data, but this requires some upfront knowledge, and more importantly, a lot of time if you’re dealing with several hard drives. Modern hard drives are getting larger and larger, which makes erasure programs take longer as well.

Physically destroying the hard drives is the safest and most practical option. A proper hard drive destruction service will physically destroy the hard drives so that they are nothing more than tiny little bits and pieces of metal. Afterward, you will receive a certificate of destruction showing proof that the hard drives were properly disposed of.

Contact us today for a shredding quote!

Product Destruction Company

In today’s business environment, there is continuous risk for identity theft and hiring a product destruction company can provide your company with adequate protection.

Hiring a credible product destruction company is not difficult, but it is important to choose one you can trust.
There are several other factors to consider as well:

Are They Using Advanced Shredding Technology?

The vendor you choose should be using the latest generation of equipment that’s both up to date and efficient. The product destruction company should be full-service and should also offer destruction of x-rays or other difficult information storage items.

Do They Have Proper Certifications?

Typically, all commercial shredding companies are certified with the National Association for Information Destruction (NAID). This ensures they operate with a high level of security and professional standards for their destruction processes. Certified companies must comply with all of the industry codes of ethics and requirements set by NAID.

Security of Their Staff

Employee security is important – you should feel confident that the company has hired ethical people to destroy your confidential documents. Ask about their hiring process and ask about the secure containers used for transporting the documents. Shredding medical documents are especially sensitive and must be handled differently because they must be destroyed in accordance with HIPAA standards.

On Site or Off-Site Shredding?

Most product destruction services offer on-site/mobile shredding service. With on-site shredding, you can be assured that you can monitor destruction and be sure confidential data being is not being viewed by others.

With off-site shredding, the vendor removes the documents from your business location, which puts them at risk of being lost, misplaced or falling into the hands of the wrong person.

It is recommended to hire a product destruction company that provides on-site and/or off site shredding as well as emergency shredding services.

IntelliShred has years of expertise in the product destruction industry – we’re able to successfully help companies protect their private information. Contact us today for a shredding quote and find out how we can help your business.

 

Shredder Service

Today’s businesses can be at risk if they don’t properly handle the destruction of important, sensitive or proprietary information. To keep customer and employee information secure, a shredder service is the best solution.

Businesses should know what documents and other information storage items need to be destroyed.  Here’s a basic list to get you started:

 

 

  1. Employee Information:
  • Contact Information (Email address and phone numbers)
  • Employment Information
  • Health Documents
  • Contracts
  • Resumes
  1. Customer Information
  • Account Numbers
  • Credit history reports
  • Purchase orders
  • Invoices
  1. Legal and Financial Information
  • Account Statements
  • Budgets
  • Leases and or rental contracts
  • Sales forecasts
  • Confidentiality agreements
  • Product information
  • Design documentation
  • Patents

The best way to keep your company, employee, and client information secure is to hire a corporate document shredding service. These companies will efficiently destroy documents, discs and other items which contain private information.

Another reason to hire a shredder service to dispose of your sensitive documents is to protect your competitive edge. If, for instance, something as simple as even a patent application fell into unscrupulous hands, it could cost your company untold amounts of money.

Identity theft is a huge concern for all types of companies. There are new laws in place which could hold your company liable if an identity theft victim was compromised by sensitive information that was mishandled or not properly destroyed.

IntelliShred has years of expertise providing comprehensive shredding services. Contact us today to learn more about how our shredder service can help protect your company’s information.