Proper Disposal of Electronic Devices

Why is it important to dispose of electronic devices safely?

In addition to effectively securing sensitive information on electronic devices, it is important to follow best practices for electronic device disposal. Computers, smartphones, and cameras allow you to keep a great deal of information at your fingertips, but when you dispose of, donate, or recycle a device you may inadvertently disclose sensitive information which could be exploited by cyber criminals.

Types of electronic devices include:

  • Computers, smartphones, and tablets — electronic devices that can automatically store and process data; most contain a central processing unit and memory and use an operating system that runs programs and applications.
  • Digital media — these electronic devices create, store, and play digital content. Digital media devices include items like digital cameras and media players.
  • External hardware and peripheral devices — hardware devices that provide input and output for computers, such as printers, monitors, and external hard drives; these devices contain permanently stored digital characters.
  • Gaming consoles — electronic, digital, or computer devices that output a video signal or visual image to display a video game.

What is the most effective method for removing data from your device?

Destroying. Physical destruction of a device is the ultimate way to prevent others from retrieving your information. Shred Shop of Memphis uses a machine that pulverizes and rips your electronic devices to pieces.

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