Top 5 Reasons to Use a Data Destruction Service

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Trying to figure out why you should have your data professionally destroyed? At Sadoff E-Recycling & Data Destruction, we know that half of our job is to educate. With that in mind, here are our top 5 reasons to use a data destruction service. Of course, if you would like a quote on our services, do not hesitate to reach out.

1. Prevent a Data Breach

There is a reason this one is at the top. Your data is vital to the way your business operates, and keeping it safe is the best way to protect your business. A data breach can be the end of the road for some businesses and at the very least having one is going to be very costly.

The best way to prevent a data breach is to ensure that your data doesn’t exist anywhere that it doesn’t need to. This means get those old drives out of computers that you aren’t using and get that data wiped by professionals that know how to wipe data. And remember, a hard drive format is often not enough!

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2. Allows for Safe Reuse

A hard drive disintegrating into dustThe best way to recycle is actually to reuse. If your old computers aren’t that old and they could be used by new or current employees, then by all means let them re-use them, but ensure that you professionally wipe the drives first. You don’t want to be handing just any corporate data to any employee.

Imagine a scenario where a computer from your financial team—which has sensitive data about accounts—gets into the hands of an account manager. In most cases, the account manager won’t do anything nefarious with access to that info, but what if they did? Is this a risk you want to take?

3. Protect Yourself Legally

That scenario above is bad, but this one might be even worse. Let’s say you already had that fear in mind and thought you would outsmart the system and keep computers tied to specific departments. In other words, one account manager leaves, and the new one gets their old computer. Again, you decide to skip the hard drive wipe.

What if your previous account manager had all manner of sensitive personal data including aspects of their medical history? Letting this happen could put you in violation of HIPAA for a start.

4. Save Money

Every company likes saving money, and a professional data wipe is a good way to do so. Yes, it does cost money, but you avoid all three costly scenarios that we have outlined above and it still lets you avoid buying whole new computers which means saving you money.

Reuse is still the best form of recycling. Even if you still end up replacing the hard drive, your old drive can be physically destroyed so that none of your data ever comes back to haunt you in the form of a data breach.

5. Environmentally Friendly

When it comes to our company values, we may have to put this one first. Perhaps maybe we saved the best for last. Whether you are reusing old drives (after a professional wipe of course) or having those drives and their precious data destroyed, that’s less stuff that ends up in a landfill.

Fewer electronics in landfills mean less toxic waste and less mining. Even for a physically destroyed drive, all components are sorted and appropriately recycled. We need to protect the environment, and reducing and properly disposing of your e-waste is a great way to do that!

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