Whoops! Please ignore the sensitive anti-missile missile data that we forgot to wipe from our discarded PC’s hard drive.
This May 2009 article describes a serious case of careless discarding of computer hardware: Anti-missile defence details found on secondhand computer. Here’s another article: US missile defence details bought on eBay. This breech illustrates how important it is that you wipe hard drives clean of data, if not physically destroy them, before discarding them.
I like to use a 3/8 inch diameter drill to drill a few holes through disks before discarding them. Here’s a simple discussion of alternatives: http://www.popularmechanics.com/technology/how_to/4212242.html
It’s important that you safeguard your data while it resides on your hardware . . . and it’s just as important that you destroy that data when you discard the hardware.
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