Why It’s Important to Shred a Hard Drive

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The hard drive’s responsibility is to store information. Every file you have saved onto your computer is located on this one component. This is where your computer remembers the settings and preferences for your programs and your operating system. While much of the information you have stored is likely entertainment, like pictures, music, and videos. You may also have other important and personal data, such as passwords and financial information. If this information gets into the wrong hands through improper hard drive disposal, it can take years to recover. That’s why you should trust the best company for hard drive destruction in Florida. Urban E Recycling completes electronics recycling in Florida and beyond at no cost to you. Trust the best for computer disposal. We have a warehouse location in Tampa, Orlando and Bradenton, Sarasota area.

Information That Could be on Your Computer

  • Social security numbers
  • Credit card numbers
  • Passwords
  • PINs
  • Bank Account numbers
  • Email addresses
  • Drivers licenses
  • Passport numbers
  • Birthdates
  • Phone numbers
  • Email addresses
  • Medical information

Identity Theft Statistics

According to lifelock.com, identity theft has been on the rise. In the year 2017 alone, 16.7 million people were victims to this crime with losses totaling roughly $16.8 billion. That’s no small potatoes! While stolen wallets and purses are currently the largest source of identity theft, information taken from old and stolen computers still makes up many cases. The information can also be used for employment-related, loan, phone and utilities, credit card, loan, bank, government benefits, and tax frauds. Using methods to “wipe” a computer will not effectively protect you against identity theft the way that shredding hard drives can. While it may be extremely tempting to resell your old electronics, you should only do so to a trusted person that agrees to recycle after their own usage. Let our company for computer disposal give you the peace of mind that you deserve.

What Urban E Recycling Can Do for Me?

Data destruction provided by Urban E Recycling can safely protect you from identity theft on your old devices by shredding hard drives. There is never a charge for this service. You can even get a certificate of destruction. We use the Certified DoD Hard Drive Shredder for hard drive destruction in Tampa and surrounding areas. Every hard drive is then put through a shredder to grind the components into tiny particles that un-repairable. Trust your electronics recycling to Urban E Recycling. Visit the ‘Schedule A Pick Up’ page to arrange a pick-up. It’s FREE.

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