Is it a Good Idea to Donate Old Electronics?

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It may seem like a shame to just destroy and recycle old electronics, and you can definitely sell them too, but why not just donate them? Is it a good idea to donate old electronics? The answer is not so simple. Of course, it’s a good idea to donate. Charitable donations help make the world a better place, but just handing over your electronics as they are, even after a hard drive format, is not a good idea, and we can tell you why,

Are There Security Concerns With Donating Electronics?

The problem with donating electronics is all the data that you leave on those electronics. Whether it’s a computer, phone, or even a piece of networking equipment, leaving this data in the hands of anyone but your employees or a trusted vendor is a good way to have a data breach.

Should You Be Concerned About a Data Breach

A modern company not only thrives on data but can die on data too. You’ve seen it in the news when it happens on a large scale, and the damage that befalls those companies is incalculable once you factor in damages and their damage to their own reputation.

If you are a small business you may be thinking that a data breach is not a big risk for you. Think again. Those stories don’t hit national news, but they do hit local news and communities. If one customer or client is harmed by a data breach you could be liable. That alone could sink your business, but even worse, whether by news or word-of-mouth, many of your other clients will find out.

How Can You Safely Donate Electronics?

Hard drives in a stackDo you still want to donate? We want you to be able to too! Sadoff E-Recycling & Data Destruction believes in community and charity, but we want you to do it safely. With our help, you can.

Is Formatting Hard Drives Enough

We’ve written extensively on hard drive formatting, and let us tell you this, standard hard drive formatting will do little to nothing to stop a data thief. At Sadoff, we can ensure that your data is 100% destroyed.

Prepping Electronics for Donation

One thing we do for many of our clients is called I.T. Asset Remarketing. Essentially we take those old computers, networking equipment, and other assorted electronics, and we digitally clean them so that there is no chance any of your data will be left behind. Then we can sell those electronics for you or we can facilitate their donation to charity.

Read More: Are Your Old Electronics Worth Money?

Donate Electronics in Wisconsin and Nebraska

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Trying to figure out how to donate your electronics in Wisconsin or Nebraska? We can prepare all your bulk electronics for donation at Sadoff E-Recycling & Data Destruction. We have locations all throughout Wisconsin and Nebraska. In Nebraska, we have a location in Lincoln, Omaha, and a business-2-business location in La Vista. In Wisconsin, we have locations in Oshkosh, Sheboygan, Manitowoc, and Green Bay. We also do business nationwide.


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