Sensitive data found in computers on sale

According to the article by Clive Akass, there has been a series of incidents when sensitive data was found in computers on sale in developing-world markets. A recent BBC report has revealed hard disks containing personal data, and even banking details.

However, Computer Aid and Digital Links International (DLI) both said they wipe hard disks as part of their refurbishment process. A DLI statement said it provided a data-destruction certificate to all donors. Chief executive David Sogan said: “We work in partnership with professional refurbishment companies to ensure absolute security and environmental excellence for our donors.”

The problem of sensitive information on hard disks is not restricted to developing-world countries. A lot of data can be retrieved from PC if Windows delete function is used. When selling a laptop, for instance, it is usually necessary to reformat the hard drive and reinstall the operating system. However, it could not be enough.

“The only way to be 100 percent sure that nobody with computer talents can ferret out some stuff from a hard drive is to use software that writes a 0 or a 1 to each spot on the drive. Even then, Pentagon standards call for repeating the write-over several times” (by James Coates).

This blog is run by the authors of QuickWiper, a Windows security program. QuickWiper allows you to delete files with simplicity and ease. When deleting files with QuickWiper, you can choose a fast single pass, or the most secure NSA erasure algorithm.

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