hard drive identity theft

by Jason Davies on May 3, 2011

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In the latest news, hundreds of special analysts are examining the hard drives that Osama Bin Laden had in his compound. Analysts
are combing through the hard drives for information that may be germane to national security, or offer tips about other Al Qaeda locations.

How about your own hard drive national security?  Data stored on a hard drive can remain there for a very long time. More importantly, hard drives tend to be a target in this economy, because they can be sold on eBay or other places to make a quick buck. This is good news for them, and really bad news for your data.
Data can be recovered on your hard drive very easily, and that is why it is important not to store sensitive information on your computer. It is very important to erase your hard drive before disposing of your computer too. If you are unable to erase your hard drive, you should make sure you take the hard drive out of your computer and keep it somewhere safe. Information such as your social security number and your address are a huge concern. Any thief could use this information to open up credit cards in your name.  One such situation occurred in the United States last year. A thief used a hard drive to find out personal information about the individual. They found their photo, license number, social security number, and address.  The thief then used their address as a drop off for mail. Walking up to the house each morning to collect packages they had ordered under false pretense.
Hard drive identity theft can be prevented if you take simple steps when you upgrade your system. First off, consider a program that will erase your hard drive by using multiple writes. Hard drives record data in tracks and sometimes a single delete cycle may allow your data to be discovered too easily.  Lastly, if you want to ensure your hard drive is really safe, you could use a very powerful degaussing machine which is a big electric magnet to erase everything. Do you have concerns about your hard drive identity? Please call TechRx Inc at 920.884.1195 and ask about our hard drive disposal service.

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