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Saturday, 20 August 2016

Computer and Server Disposal for Business - What about your Data?

We see a number of old computers, servers and business telephone systems that come to us for ethical recycling that have not had hard disk drives removed. On these drives could be your personal details, company secrets, emails, spread-sheets, word documents and images which users have forgotten about.

While this is not an inconvenience to us, we dispose of old computer equipment ethically and this involves data destruction, we would always remind the customer that they should take care of personal and professional data.

The problem with today's throwaway Information Technology is that we create so much data. Every day, while you use your computer, your computer is recording a log of the activities on your computer, from software installed to web pages you have visited. Where this becomes more serious is when computers (especially laptops) are still able to connect to the business via a VPN (Virtual Private Network) which could allow unscrupulous thieves and chancers the ability to connect to your network and steal personal data or cause havoc and destruction.

This would also apply to old mobile devices such as Blackberry's which have become less of a trend within business over the years. We have seen a number of Blackberry phones which have the ability to still send business emails and connect to business systems.

When we collect old computers, servers and handsets from a business we can assure you that all the data is destroyed. Either by using software to permanently wipe the drives of the devices or in the case of computer hard drives, physical destruction is the best option.

As part of our commitment to Ethical Electronic Waste Recycling, our T11 WEEE certification gives you added peace of mind that no electrical equipment (desktops, laptops, projectors, printers, cables) will ever go to landfill and is stripped to its component parts, plastics and metals, and recycled ethically.

Its worth pointing out at this point that not all electrical waste is made of metal. In fact, a large percentage of an Avaya or Mitel deskphone is plastic. Plastic is much more difficult to dispose of ethically. As an example, the plastics themselves are worth nothing, not even in bulk, and to make phone plastics recyclable all stickers need to be removed from each plastic part. Usually, telephone handsets and headsets have little to no value and in this case we will inform you of any charges that may be necessary to cover recycling costs or provide a cost neutral service.

Don't be put off, we want to be your go to guys for WEEE Waste, and  if you need your old electrical equipment recycling give us a call today. We will always provide a high quality, approachable and value for money quality of service.