Old Hard Drives and Sensitive Information
Recently 2 MIT students made headlines with their discovery of thousands of personal records on discarded hard drives they’d bought at swap meets and on the Web. That personal data included over 5,000 credit card numbers, medical histories, sensitive corporate data, and more.
It’s not enough to just delete your files or even reformat your hard drive. So what should you do with that old hard drive, and how can you protect your private information? ZDNet has a new article about hard drive data: Ready to toss that old PC? Read this first, by Robert Vamosi. There’s some feedback there, too, and Robert Mazzeo’s response is well worth a read: TalkBack: RE: Ready to toss that old PC? Read this first.
If you’re interested in software to permanently delete sensitive data, check out this comparison chart: Disk and File Shredders: A Comparison. It was last updated May, 2001 but the info is still helpful.
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