23 September 2015
It's claimed that people fear identity theft more than any other kind of robbery, with the thought of having our financial information stolen, debts run up and our bank accounts drained causing us to break out in a cold sweat. One in four UK adults is believed to have fallen victim to identity crime, losing on average £1200 each. And because there are so many kinds of identity theft these days - including corporate identity theft, the pressure of keeping your personal and business data safe can sometimes seem overwhelming.
One culprit that may be giving away secrets of your identity far too easily, is your old computer. Because even when you think you've wiped the hard drive, you could still fall victim to identity theft.
Updating your computer, smart phone and tablet operating systems is one way to keep your data secure. But you also need to undertake tasks such as having your IT staff check for duplicate websites and similar domains that may be set up to steal visitors' card details, as well as adding strict firewalls. And of course you need to make sure that you properly recycle your obsolete computer and technology products, and that means entrusting a reputable computer recycling company. Because simply throwing out old equipment isn't good enough. Consumer group Which has warned that criminals regularly trawl council tips and internet auction sites for PCs, then recover the deleted data with the help of specialist software.
It's important to take as many precautions as you can to prevent your personal or corporate identity being stolen. That means that computer recycling has never been so vital, if you want to keep your data completely secure and your identity to yourself. So if your company is one that is committed to the security of its obsolete computers and technology products, make sure secure and environmentally friendly computer recycling that adheres to proper recycling regulations is part of your consideration.
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.