Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Why Should I Destroy My Hard Drives?

Discussions of identity theft conjure up thoughts of peoples’ trash or mailboxes being gone through or stolen from. But you have a post office box and shred all of your old documents and mail so you are completely safe from the threat of identity theft, right? Maybe not.

Have you ever had to present your identification at a business like a doctor’s office for them to copy for their records? Or made copies of sensitive documents for one reason or another? Hard drives are devices for storing and retrieving digital information, primarily computer data.

According to a CBS News report, nearly every digital copier built since 2002 contains a hard drive storing an image of every document anyone has ever copied, scanned or emailed.