Eyes In The Skies

11 March 2015

The hovering helicopter-like drone was one of the biggest requested technology gifts on wish lists this year. Unmanned Aerial Vehicles, or UAVs as the serious "droners" call them, offer a fun and unique way of viewing your world from above - the aerial selfie is sure to become the next big thing. However the risk of fines and prosecution for improper use, along with the risk of leaving your data exposed means that security issues may be a concern forgotten amidst the festive fun.

Security risks amidst the rise of the drones

Many of the drones use GPS, leaving them open to hacking, in theory by "jamming" the signal and allowing a hacker to take control, and because video can be stored on-board or streamed back to you, this can leave data vulnerable if sent over an open wi-fi network for example. Hackers themselves are even able to use drones to steal passwords, credit card details and data from your mobile phone while flying high in the sky above us.

This relatively cheap, easy-to-use and versatile way of gathering data from a unique aerial perspective undoubtedly offers an enticing amount of fun for the tech geeks out there who love their toys, but security issues must be addressed, as businesses are also beginning to consider the benefits of the advanced drone technology for commercial purposes. Amazon were one of the early big names to test the idea of using drones to deliver packages to customers. Farmers could use drones to revolutionise the way they manage their crops, and aerial advertising and private security are just a few of the other potential uses of this innovative technology.

        "Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic." - Arthur C Clarke

Keep sensitive data away from prying eyes

Keeping pace with advanced, seemingly "magical" drone technology means there is an increased need to improve security to protect your online world and critical business information. Here are a few suggestions of ways to prevent attack and lost data:

Make sure you safely recycle computers and your technology products. Proper computer recycling ensures peace of mind for the management and retirement of redundant IT and technology products such as drones.

Use a secret key that is only shared between the controller and the drone, so that every command message sent to the drone is authenticated.

Encrypt data sent between machines, which means that content of messages stays private.

Always backup data. In the unfortunate event that your computer systems are hacked, a comprehensive backup should mean that your business is back up and running in no time.

Keep up to date with the latest software developments aimed at for example, making drones unpredictable by taking random paths to reach their destination.

Protect data with secure computer recycling

The importance of computer recycling has never been so pressing, as drone technology is likely to become increasingly popular within the modern commercial world. So if you're a company looking to utilise the latest technology as part of your day to day business, make sure secure computer recycling that adheres to proper recycling regulations is part of your consideration, to ensure ultimate data security. It's also important to be aware that companies are now legally obliged to safely dispose of potentially sensitive information in accordance with current security laws and the Data Protection Act of 1998. Be sure only to use a computer recycling company that operates in accordance with, and preferably exceeds all government guidelines such as the WEEE Directive and the Data Protection Act.


If you have any questions with regards to recycling your computers and technology safely, contact CDL today on 01925 7330033. We specialise in secure recycling & disposal and data destruction and offer collection from anywhere in the UK using our own fleet of vehicles.

Alternatively, fill out our online quote tool to obtain a free quote for your recycling and disposal needs.

Back to News

Instant Quotation