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How to recycle old IT kit and protect your data

Technology surrounds us as primary or secondary assets to our life, including our daily or professional lives; we use all kinds of regular technology as our personal gadgets.

Technology has transformed almost everything we use into electronic gadgets, it combined many tools we used in our past in one small item, take a closer look on your phone right now and see it for yourself, millenniums won’t be so impressed by that, but 80s & 90s born did have a glimpse on that concept.

If you look on your Smart phone you’ll be able to see many tools in one simple gadget;

A phone, a phone book, a notebook, an organizer, an alarm clock, a camera, and even more features and tools are affordable by installed apps.

On the same time; technology development cycle is so fast, normally you ought to upgrade your IT gadget to keep running on the same track as other people in your life, it became a life`s necessity especially if you are a technology lover, or just an average person who likes to keep his tools of the trade upgraded for his line of work.

But we’ve got one simple problem here; the destiny of the old gadget, we all aware of the high level of harm that could be caused by the components of these gadgets to the environment if they turned into junk, also most of these tools have kind of storage space which contains data, some of them could be personal data, for example; nobody likes the idea of strangers watching his personal photos or using his passwords, especially that the curiosity level of some people is so raised these days!

We’re going to talk here about some simple yet necessary protection concepts on recycling your old IT kit, following the protection of your data:

Data Protection:

Most of our technology devices have a storage space, whether it’s a cell phone device, or a simple PC / Laptop which has a data drive, always backup the data on your devices, which is the first rule of protecting your data, also ordinary erasing / formatting is inefficient to prevent your data to be restored by someone else.

Keep in your mind that erasing your data efficiently 100% is a prospective concept, as an advice; you ought to have a trusted professional service as a consultation on this matter, in the same time we’ll give you some tips of knowledge on this matter to keep yourself informed:

  1. Use a “Zero-wipe software”: this kind of software guaranties you a high result of data erasing, some of these software are free to use, and some of them come with an affordable price, choose the right software for you, you can define one by other users` ratings, or you could consult an expert.
  2. Format / Fill / Format method: this an easy method and also effective if your data is simple and on medium level data; format the storage drive, fill it again with any kinds of data (dummy / useless) data – make sure the drive is in full capacity with them – format the drive again, the secret here that the dummy data has replaced the original ones on the drive`s sectors, if anyone attempts to restore the drive`s data; it will result in restoring the dummy ones.
  3. Format / Fill / Format method: this an easy method and also effective if your data is simple and on medium level data; format the storage drive, fill it again with any kinds of data (dummy / useless) data – make sure the drive is in full capacity with them – format the drive again, the secret here that the dummy data has replaced the original ones on the drive`s sectors, if anyone attempts to restore the drive`s data; it will result in restoring the dummy ones.

Recycling:

There are many ways to recycle your old gadget:
  1. Return it to the manufacturer store: if you have a trade mark device, and whatever the condition of your gadget is; the manufacturer would accept its return, they have ways to recycle your product into a new ones, as they can extract the components of the equipment such as metal, fiber, or plastic, and separate them the right way to determine each part`s destination into recycling, with the minimum reduction on environment`s pollution.
  2. Consult an IT expert / a maintenance company: with the right consultation, you’ll be able to recycle your devices, by selling it as a second use, or as parts, also you’d be surprised if you know that some of these guys can modify your old equipment into a new product with a new usage!

Contact a specialized recycling company: there are many companies that recycle electronic gears, some of them will cost you money on their removal service, and others can buy them, if they’re in big quantities. Rubbish clearance companies prices for this service really vary. Your role here is to make sure they’ll put the electronics into a proper recycling.



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