1 April 2015
With Apple posting an eye-watering net profit of $18 billion for the first quarter of 2015 alone, thanks in no small part to the introduction of the iPhone 6, along with the rise of the smart phone in China, this ground-breaking demand for the latest smart phone technology inevitably leaves its predecessor to be unceremoniously ditched. But where are all the unwanted iPhone 5s going, and what security risks are we leaving ourselves open to if we don't dispose of our smart phones properly?
" Last Wednesday I stupidly dropped my iPhone in the bah and my life has sort of spiralled almost out of control." - Patrick Stewart
With our seeming addiction to our smart phones showing no sign of abating any time soon, the never ending desire to have the very latest technology at our fingertips has inevitable data security consequences. Simply tossing old phones in the bin without a second thought leaves us incredibly vulnerable to the theft of sensitive data, such as passwords and financial information.
Even more worryingly, we may believe we've safely erased all data before disposal, when in fact a survey of 32 mobile phones issued to employees of a Fortune 500 company, showed it's still possible to retrieve sensitive personal information and corporate data, even when users or IT managers had tried to wipe them clean.
Stay smart with personal data before donating or trading in your old model.
So, what can be done? Possible solutions in the workplace as part of an overall business model include:
Removing and erasing SIM and SD cards, after performing a "factory reset" or "hard reset".
Using full time device monitoring software to prevent users from discussing or storing sensitive data on corporate smart phones.
Developing anti-forensic software to securely delete data on smart phones.
More comprehensive security training and enforcement of guidelines for employees.
Be committed to protecting data with secure and environmentally friendly smart phone and computer recycling
The importance of responsible smart phone, computer and technology device recycling has never been so vital. So if your company is one that is committed to the ethical recycling of its obsolete smart phones, computers and technology products, make sure secure and environmentally friendly smart phone and 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 smart phone and computer recycling company that operates in accordance with, and preferably exceeds all government guidelines such as the WEEE Directive and the Data Protection Act.
Call CDL today on 01925 7330033 to speak to a member of our team, or fill out our online quote tool to obtain a free quote for your recycling and disposal needs.