What to Look for in an Electronic Recycler

Electronic waste poses a serious threat to both the environment and the population when disposed of incorrectly.  Electronic waste, or e-waste, represents the fastest growing segment of waste in the industrialized world. Recycling your old electronics helps to keep your home and organization free from the piles of old equipment, helping to create a cleaner, healthier, and safer environment. As …

Erasing Hard Drives not Effective Against Data Loss

Recent data indicates that over 340 million new computers are sold on an annual basis, 75% of which are replacements for older units. If you do the math, that is approximately 255,000,000 computers being replaced and retired every year. Most of these PC’s end up at recycling facilities or organizations that ‘promise’ to erase your personal information. These companies use …

Why “Delete” Isn’t Enough

When you delete a file on your computer do you consider it gone? If you answered yes you are not alone. So many people today think that if they clear their computer history, delete files and cookies, and empty their recycle bins, they have done enough to protect themselves. While it is a good start it certainly is not enough …

Data Attacks

Have you ever considered how data is most commonly breached? Taking the time to understand how you are at risk may significantly reduce and perhaps eliminate a data breach in your future. The majority of information compromise comes from hacking followed by data either printed or electronic that is physically lost. The Identity Theft Resource Center (IRTC) found that card …

What’s In Your Trash Can?

Most of us refer to what we put in the garbage can as trash. Identity thieves have a markedly different definition. These less than above board individuals refer to the material in your garbage can as gleaming with possibility. What we throw away in the comfort of our own home or even in our place of business can be considered …

Don’t Be a Victim

Is your company’s data safe? Breaches of customer data today are growing in number. If you are a company who keeps records of your customers and handles credit cards, take caution. Breaches occur more often than you realize. A study by a data protection firm, Ponemon Institute, found that 85% of US organizations have experienced a data breach in 2009 …

Choosing a Qualified Data Destruction Company

The following article outlines important questions a business or individual should consider before hiring a data destruction company.  The list below is a reprint from an article published by Network World of the 13 characteristics potential customers should consider. How well does the service understand the various government guidelines or security classifications regarding data destruction? Does the company perform data …

An Expensive Oversight

Running a successful and efficient business is something owners, shareholders and engaged employees alike aspire to do.  It goes without saying that the increasing demands on our time, a struggling economy and the desire to do more with less drive business decisions.  Determining what takes precedence and where precious resources get spent is incredibly important.  This brings me to the …

What are the Basel Convention and the Basel Ban?

The Basel Convention is an international treaty aimed at minimizing the amount of hazardous waste moved between countries.  Specifically it addresses waste moving from affluent, developed countries to less developed countries.  It also incorporates the reduction of hazardous waste, calls for waste to be managed as close to the source as possible and assists less developed countries with sound hazardous …