Watchdog finds undeleted data on second-hand disk drives
Of the 200 hard disks collected, 11% contained personal information.
At least two of the drives had enough information to enable someone to steal the former owners' identities, the watchdog said.
I'm slightly peturbed at that statistic. Why didn't they say three drives or the actual amount? "At least two" is a strange way of putting it when dealing with whole numbers.
Equally they didn't add that many buyers of second hand drives are not looking for peoples' data, however, the article might encourage some to start looking or worse, start buying to get data.
Lastly the Beeb article doesn't give advice on how to delete sensitive data from their drives. Here are a couple of free and easy methods:
1) If just throwing the drive out, delete data, format drive, then take it apart and smash the disc(s) with a hammer. Best to do this in an area where it can catch all the shards of glass. Data definitely gone!
2) If selling on, delete the data, and copy useless data to the drive until full. Download a large file and copy it or copy the copies. delete data with a free drive wiper program, such as the one which comes with CCleaner. Then format the drive. Data gone!
Personally, I never sell on my HDDs, so I use option 1, but also do the files and CCleaner bit too. Overkill is impossible when dealing with your data.
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Edited by camieabz (Wed 25-Apr-12 11:37:41)