At Newtech Recycling, we talk all the time about the great need to recycle your computers and other electronics instead of throwing them away. The reasons come down to environmental protection and data security. On one hand, we all need to do our part in not allowing the heavy metals and other harmful materials that are contained within our electronics to leak into the soil and water at landfills. On the other hand, everyone should be aware that it is in their own best interests to ensure any computer hard drives they recycle have been wiped clean of any and all potentially sensitive data.

You don’t need to be a computer wizard to know how to protect your data. But it pays to know somewhat what you are doing when it comes to e-waste recycling. There are several ways to protect your personal data before your computer actually gets recycled, including by using a data-destruction company such as Newtech.

Let us now detail some methods of keeping your information safe prior to you recycling your computer.

1. Save the Data You Want

Before we discuss actually destroying data, we should remind you of how important it is that you back up the data you want to keep from your hard drive. Think about what the average person’s hard drive usually holds: documents, photos, music files, spreadsheets. These are items you likely want to hold on to. Before you do any electronic recycling in New Jersey, you will want to back that data up. You can save the data to a new computer, external hard drive, flash drive, cloud, or disk.

Burton Kelso with Integral weighed in on this “This may seem obvious or you may think there’s nothing you need saved on your old device, but it’s better to be safe than sorry, there are plenty of options for backing up information. Many of your devices are automatically backing up your data, if not, now is a good time to turn that feature on.”

2. Start Wiping Information

Now that you have saved all the information you want from your old hard drive, it is time to start wiping the data that’s left, to the best of your abilities. This step is not extremely complicated, but you may have to do some digging. First, sign out of everything that has a saved login. That could include your email, social media accounts, and any other subscription services you own, and erase browser histories and cookies. Basically, make it difficult, if not impossible, for anyone who would access your computer later to log into any of your accounts. While you are at this, don’t forget to have your computer “forget” any paired bluetooth devices. You are looking to erase any signs that you ever owned this device.

Then, you will want to wipe the hard drive itself. You can do this by executing a factory reset. Each type of device has settings whereby you can reset the operating system and choose to wipe or keep files. Since you have already backed up what you need, you will want to reset the device completely so it is fresh and empty, like it is brand new again.

3. Use a Certified E-Waste Recycling Company

Once you have done everything you can do on your end to protect your computer’s data, it is time to call in the professionals. You know you want to dispose of your computer in a responsible way, so that there is no chance the harmful materials inside can get into the environment and pollute the soil and groundwater. In that case, you need a legal and state-approved IT hardware disposal company.

We at Newtech Recycling have been recycling electronics to protect the environment for many years now, but did you know that we also eliminate the data on the hard drives we receive before destroying the drives themselves?

At Newtech Recycling, we take data protection as seriously as environmental safety. You entrust us to dispose of your old electronics completely when you give them to us, and we always strive to deliver what we promise you.

To that end, before we recycle any computer hard drives, we make sure to destroy their data by hitting them with an EMP blast that makes it impossible for the drives to hold any data at all. We then physically shred the drives in an industrial shredder. Just like a paper shredder, our drive shredder literally crushes hard drives into pieces, making it virtually impossible to access them ever again.

Recycle Computers and Corporate E-Waste

Newtech Recycling prides itself on being there for our clients who need to dispose of computers, hard drives, cell phones, and other devices safely and responsibly. When you recycle your corporate e-waste in New Jersey, New York, Connecticut, and Pennsylvania with us, you know your old data will never see the light of day again. You also know that you will not be contributing to the destruction of the environment that is brought on by dumping electronics into landfills. At Newtech Recycling, we enjoy doing our part for the earth every day. We invite you to join us.

Contact us today to get a quote on your e-waste recycling. Let’s change the world together.