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Disposing of sensitive data – it’s not rocket science.

Recently published research shows that people, including those who should really know better, are selling or disposing of computers without taking adequate care to completely remove or destroy sensitive information. Data discovered includes information on launch procedures for current intercontinental ballistic missile countermeasures and NHS records!
OK, so what should you do with your old computer? Here’s my advice:

  • Don’t assume that formatting the hard drive will make data unrecoverable.
  • If the hard drive is no longer needed, remove it from the machine and physically destroy it with a hammer – it’s effective and quite satisfying!
  • If the hard drive is to be reused, use Darik’s Boot and Nuke to clear the drive before reformatting.