How to Properly and Completely Dispose of Your Old Computers

Computers, phones, and other electronic devices contain valuable and recoverable materials that should not be put into landfills. By recycling these items, we can reduce the amount of dumped electronics while also keeping harmful toxins out of our environment. Follow these simple steps for computer disposal and you can be assured you are doing it safely and responsibly.

Backup Data First

The first thing to do before anything else is to backup your data. You can use an online backup service or an external hard drive. If you have a lot of data, you might want to consider using both methods. That way, you’ll have a copy of your data that is stored off-site and another that is stored on-site.

Delete Backed Up Data and Files

Once your data is backed up, you can delete it from your device. It’s safe to delete once you have the copies on a backup.

Get Rid of Your Browser Data

This is such an important security measure before disposing of your old computer because everybody who ever used your computer – from your parents and friends to complete strangers – could have had access to all your personal information.

Your browser data contains a comprehensive history of everything you’ve ever searched for, viewed, and clicked on while using your browser. This could include passwords, login credentials, credit card numbers, social media profiles, and more. Cybercriminals can use this information to target you, so it’s important to get rid of it.

Make Sure Your Computer is Deauthorized

Before wiping your hard drive, you should deauthorize any administrator profiles on your computer so that none of them have app permissions or authority to make changes to the hard drive.

The Final Wipe

After everything is done, it’s time to wipe your hard drive. Deleting files is not enough. When you delete a file, it is usually stored somewhere else where someone can eventually access it. This can lead to data breaches or worse. It’s best to use a completely secure data destruction tool. Methods for wiping hard drives include degaussing, hard drive shredding, and software data erasure. These are the only ways to be sure your hard drive is wiped.

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