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Computers that you no longer need should be disposed of with care since the data on your computer can easily be accessed whether you sell, scrap, give away or donate it. Even ‘deleted’ data can be retrieved with relative ease by criminals.


Disposing of computers responsibly will also ensure the minimum environmental impact and that you’re not breaking the law.


The Risks are ...

  • The personal information stored in files on your computer can be accessed and misused.

  • Any passwords stored on your computer could give access to secure websites holding your personal and financial information.

  • Any browsing history stored on your computer can be accessed.

  • Emails stored on your computer can be accessed.

  • Disposing of your computer without having saved the information you may need in the future may cause inconvenience or        disruption.


Safe Disposal Means ...

  • Copy all of the data you will need in the future, on to your new PC or offline storage device, or back it up to a Web-based storage provider.

  • Securely erase hard disk(s) so that any personal information is completely deleted. Simply deleting files is not enough to permanently erase them. Instead, use a dedicated file deletion program or service, or physically destroy the hard drive to make it unusable.

  • Ensure that any CDs or DVDs which contain your data are removed from the computer.

  • CDs, DVDs, memory cards, USB sticks and other USB connected devices may also contain your sensitive data and should also be disposed of with care.

  • If you don’t intend to sell it or give away the computer equipment, take it to a proper disposal facility. This will ensure that is dismantled and the components recycled correctly and responsibly.






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