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Let’s understand the term Data Destruction

For most of the people and organizations, Data Destruction is not a major concerned. Wait a minute..What is data destruction by the way?

Definition

Data destruction is the process of destroying stored on hard disc and other forms of storage media in order to make the data unreadable and inaccessible for unauthorized purposes.

Most of us are unaware that improper data destruction is a serious business. Why is it so serious?  The size of the information has been continuously increasing for some past years and thus, we need more storage devices to store all that information. But what happens when those devices are no longer in use or we do not require them? We just throw them or sell to someone in lower price. Throwing them off without wiping the data might cause serious problems for you such as identity theft, fraud etc.

Does my computer store my private information?

When you use the internet, all your information is stored automatically on your computer. While you fill the form, you put your information that is important to you like bank log in details, credit card information, passwords etc. Thus, if someone steals your critical information, you might be in problem. Make sure you wipe your computer off before throwing it or giving someone.

When it comes to choosing ways to destroy data, there are limited options. However, there are some methods of data destruction that can be used to erase data from the hard drives, but not all are trusted methods. By just deleting files or formatting hard drive do not mean you that you have got rid of your data completely. These traditional methods are the least effective as a data can still be recovered by those with a little computer knowledge.

Which is the most secure method?

Physical destruction is one of the most secure methods of data destruction as it destroys the memory completely and makes it impossible to access any information inside the hard drive. However, it depends on the extent of destruction. 

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