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Getting a shiny new computer often means figuring out what to do with the old one. And dispensing of an old or unneeded computer is no trivial task. You can’t simply throw a PC out with the rest of the garbage. It’s illegal to do so in many places, and even if it’s not where you live, it’s environmentally unfriendly – not to mention potentially dangerous if someone obtains your old data.

So it pays to think carefully out how you’ll dispose of your old computer equipment. The good news is that you have plenty of options – and an opportunity potentially to make back some of the cash you spent on the new system

Regardless of how you dispose of your old computer, though, be to completely erase the hard drive before passing it on. That includes deleting any personal information as well as licensed software.

Once your computer is out of your hands, you just won’t know where it might end up, and there are plenty of folks out there who know how to recover even deleted data from a hard drive.

                                                               - IT 6, Home User, INTECH, Tuesday 19 August 2008

 

Did You Know

arrow Identity theft is the top consumer complaint in the USA according to the Federal Trade Commission.

arrow US consumers reported fraud loss totalling more than $1.1 billion in 2006.

arrow Credit card fraud (25%) was the most common form of reported identity theft in the US in 2006.

arrow More than 100 000 people are affected by identity theft each year in the UK

arrow According to Privacy Rights Clearinghouse, more than 350 data loss incidents involving more than 140 million records have occurred since February 2005

arrow Organisations are obliged by law to take take adequate steps to ensure the proper disposal of data


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