Safely Disposing Of Old Computers

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Incorrectly disposing of old computers can have serious repercussions.

Old, outdated computers can take up tons of space in your house. If you are planning on updating your home office with new computers, it is vital that you take the time to properly dispose of your old computers to keep your sensitive information safe.

Even if you have been very careful, your computer most likely contains a lot of personal information, including:

  • Credit card, debit card, and financial account numbers
  • Passwords
  • Registration number or license keys for software programs
  • Tax records
  • Photos
  • Prescription and medical information
  • Phone numbers and addresses of all your contacts
  • Internet browsing history

Deleting files may not be enough to completely erase the information from your computer. Knowing how to completely clear off all information from your computer will help to keep your records safe and secure.

In order to permanently erase all data from your hard drive, it will need to be wiped clean or overwritten. Before you clean your hard drive, make sure any information that you need id backed up to a secondary source. If you do not want to erase or overwrite your hard drive, take it out of your computer and physically destroy it.

When it comes to disposing of your computer, you have a few options, including:

  • Donating it. Some organizations will collect old computers to donate to charities.
  • Repurpose it. You may be able to use old computers as a DVR for security cameras.
  • Resell it. Just because you no longer want a computer does not mean someone else doesn’t want it.
  • Recycle it. Most communities hold regular electronic recycling programs so that you can get rid of any unwanted computers safely.

For more information on how to safely get rid of old computers and other electronics, contact Proactive Networks in Pasadena, California.