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Archive for December 27th, 2014

Always Remove Your Data Before Disposing of Your Hardware

Surely you’ve seen the reports on the plumber who sold his Ford F-250 pickup, only to have it reappear on the Syrian front lines, recycled into an anti-aircraft gun platform:

Mark-1 Truck Cannon in Syria

Mark-1 Truck Cannon in Syria

That’s the most spectacular example I’ve seen of what happens when you leave personal data on hardware that’s no longer under your control, but imagine what would happen if your junked hard drive wound up holding, oh, say, a few gigabytes of kiddy porn, along with your old letters and spreadsheets.

A visit from the DHS agents would look downright appealing.

You could always scrub the platters clean:

Scrubbed hard drive platters

Scrubbed hard drive platters

The gun has shrapnel shields and might actually be an anti-aircraft gun, but it’s obviously pounding ground-level targets…

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