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IT Security Tip #2: Don’t just throw out that old computer

IT Security Tip #2: Don’t just throw out that old computer

Getting rid of old computers or servers? Did you know that the components used in technology equipment are not landfill-safe? And on top of the environmental hazards, unprotected e-waste typically contains a lot of confidential and private information in the form of saved passwords, Internet history and files left on the retired computer or server.

Here are two options for you to get rid of your machine(s):

Option #1: Let us refurbish your old desktop or laptop and donate it. If the machine that you no longer need is still in working condition and no more than 4 years old, contact us and have us refurbish the device. We are working with the Hudson Valley Veterans Task Force and the YIT Foundation to make sure all machines are being given a great new home.

There are lots of people out there that are in need.

Option #2: 
If your machine is old and no longer working properly, find a local recycling facility where e-waste can be safely disposed of (such as BestBuy).

Make sure to take this security precaution before you haul it off though!

Remove and destroy the hard drives. A drill and hammer usually do the trick just fine. Alternatively, we can destroy your hard drives for you. And don’t forget about other e-waste such as mobile phones, copy machines and any other device that ever touched your company data. Give serious thought to what data is on any device and make sure it is removed before recycling it.

If have a desktop or laptop that’s still in great condition and that needs a new home, reach out to Monique at Meeting Tree Computer. Call her at 845-237-2116. She will fill you in on the details of the program.

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