Getting Rid of Your Old Technology

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Are you holding onto old technology that you no longer use? Is the complexity of getting rid of your old technology keeping you from doing anything about it? You are not alone. 

Some of us have drawers full of old mobile phones, boxes with tablets and laptops, and a PC or two crammed in the back of a closet. Even businesses fall into the trap of holding on to old equipment. Server rooms and storage closets often feature stacks of laptops and towers of PCs that haven't been used in years. 

What Are You Supposed to Do? 

The problem is that most of us don't know what to do with them. Here are just a few reasons you should recycle your old technology: 

  • Keep technology out of already crowded landfills.
  • Contribute to possible refurbishment of your old tech so someone else could benefit from it.
  • Free up space in your garage, office, or storage space.
  • Lessen your carbon footprint on the planet.
  • Computer recycling lowers air pollution.
  • Materials in computers may be harmful – those don’t need to be sitting around in a landfill or even in your home.
  • Your data could be breached, which could cause a host of problems for you, such as identity theft or credit card theft.
  • It’s actually illegal in some states to throw away computers. 

Now that you understand the reasons old technology is beneficial for you, then it raises the next set of questions in our mind like: Is there a place near me to safely recycle these devices? Are they worth any money? Maybe you have thought of giving them away, but you have heard that it can be dangerous due to the sensitive data. What are you supposed to do? 

There Is Plenty of Advice, but Is Any of It Good?

The advice we find on the internet or from friends and co-workers can leave us even more confused. Does getting rid of old technology simply require erasing everything? Or do we need to destroy hard drives or whole devices? Is there any way to safely recycle or donate old technology? 

Getting Help

Fortunately, there is no need to figure these things out for yourself. There are people ready and willing to help. At HaulDash, we can help you every step of the way. HaulDash can make the process of getting rid of your old technology easy, painless, and secure. We will ensure that your data is destroyed and take care of selling or donating your devices. You can feel confident that your data won't fall into the wrong hands and, with our "No Landfill" policy, you can be sure you have done all you can for the environment.

Security Concerns When Disposing of Old Technology

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The current lifecycle of most electronic devices has most of us replacing our smartphones, tablets, and computers more often than we would have ever imagined. For personal users, these usually get stuffed in a drawer or closet. Businesses and organizations find them quickly piling up in storage rooms or unused offices. 

Many people simply don't know what to do with this old technology when it is no longer useful. Fortunately, there are some options. However, whether it is a personal device or a business machine, there are some things you need to think about before getting rid of it. The number one topic to consider is security. 

Our Devices Hold a Lot of Data

Our devices are treasure troves of information. For individuals, that data could include financial information like credit card and account numbers, passwords, bank records, or tax records. It could also include medical records, personal photos, social media history, and other sensitive information. For businesses and organizations, it could also be financial information, and it also may consist of customer information, private product or service information, or even trade secrets. Letting this data get into the wrong hands could be inconvenient, embarrassing, or even financially or personally devastating. 

Deleting May Not Be Enough

Most individuals and organizations know enough to delete personal information before getting rid of a computer or device. However, most of us lack a sophisticated enough understanding of computers and devices to be sure that we have eliminated all of the data from the machine. Data thieves have knowledge and tools to get at things we thought we deleted. 

Ensuring Data is Completely Removed from Devices

There are ways to ensure that all of your data is safely removed before letting your machine out into the world. There are DIY guides, checklists, and software packages that will help you to clear off your devices. However, if you want to play it safe, leave it to an expert. At HaulDash.com, we use Department of Defense (DoD) and NIST compliant software to ensure that hard drives are wiped at least 3 times (0’s, 1’s Random) with a 100% verification pass. We can even provide a COD (Certificate of Destruction) to verify your data has truly been wiped clean. 

So, before you try to give away, throw away, or recycle your devices, make sure you understand what is at stake and ensure that none of your personal or corporate data falls into the wrong hands.

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