CyberSecurity Headlines: Safely Discarding Hard Drives


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There are a few key ways to safely discard a solid state drive. One way to do is to physically destroy the drive (which may be as cathartic as it is effective). This is a sure-fire way to safely rid of the data on the drive. Another fail-proof way of protecting data is by fully encrypting the drive right off-the-bat. If the drive is fully encrypted, then you can sell the drive so as to recycle it rather than toss it. A wear levelling out algorithm also helps keep information safe. There are also specialized programs to delete each sector of the drive, but keep in mind, you cannot be sure whether you’ve deleted everything from a flash drive so encryption and physical destruction are your best routes here.

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