Baltimore Hard Drive Destruction
Not all sensitive data is kept on paper. In fact, more and more, Baltimore businesses and homes store their sensitive data digitally on computers or other electronic media devices. Banking information, classified business information, and even medical records are all kept online now and shared between various users. Even paper documents can be scanned to a computer and sent to someone else with just the click of a button. But did you know that data is recoverable from a hard drive even if you think you’ve wiped it clean of your files?
The only way to ensure that you or your business’ data doesn’t end up in the wrong hands is to have that hard drive shredded. This process is required for compliance with Maryland privacy laws, including HIPAA. Businesses that fail to destroy hard drives could end up with serious violations and fines. Simply deleting files is not sufficient enough to guarantee the destruction of the information, as it can easily be recovered with free software.
Don’t just assume this means only the hard drive in your traditional desktop computer is at risk. Hard drives are hidden everywhere in a home or office — each of them potentially having sensitive data stored in its memory. Commonly overlooked are scanners, fax machines, and printers, which can retain a copy of every digital file any of these devices have received or handled throughout their lifetime.
Shred These Items Regularly
- Fax machines, scanners, copiers, and printers
- Mobile devices like cell phones, smart phones, PDAs, tablets and laptops
- Legacy magnetic media like floppy drives, zip disks, and magnetic tapes
- PC hard drives
- Optical media, including CDs and DVDs
- USB removable media such as pen drives, thumb drives, flash drives and sticks
- Memory cards, including SD, SDHC, MMC, compact flash, microdrive, and memory sticks
- Embedded flash on boards and devices, including motherboards and peripheral cards such as network adapters or any other adapter containing non-volatile flash memory
- RAM and ROM-based storage devices
- Biomedical devices such as physiologic monitors, infusion pumps, ventilators, MRI, CT, and diagnostic ultrasound and laboratory analyzers
With this in mind, it’s easy to see why there is no better way than to physically destroy the hard drive, which can be performed on site or at a secure Baltimore facility. The final step involves melting down the metal pieces for recycling, guaranteeing absolute destruction. Just like with any other shredding service, you’ll receive a certificate of destruction once the process is complete.
Not only is hard drive shredding a secure way to handle electronic data, it is more environmentally friendly when your hard drive is recycled after shredding. Following the shredding service, the hard drives are disposed of properly , and this ensures EPA compliance as well as state hazardous waste requirements.
Immediately following the destruction service, you will receive a certificate of destruction. This is best for maintaining records, and ensure compliance with standard practices. Rest easy knowing your information was properly destroyed, and your information will remain confidential.
Don’t Put Your Data at Risk – Get FREE Quotes on Hard Drive Destruction in Baltimore Today!
Baltimore Document Shredding understands that security threats mean digital data is vulnerable too, which is why we connect you to secure, compliant destroyers of the hard drives storing all your electronic media devices. Ensure your safety by contacting Baltimore Document Shredding to discuss which devices you are in possession of that may pose a threat to your or your business’ security. Fill out the form to the left, or give us a call at (410) 741-3557 for free quotes today!