Technology changes as fast as the weather can, so we are all sourcing new devices more frequently to keep up with the tech. These Devices have also become the ‘go-to’ birthday or Christmas presents.
We all know that our ‘new’ toy must be protected with secure passwords and a good antivirus, but do we think about what to do with our old devices? Its no good having all our security on our new device when we are throwing/giving our old device away without securing it first. It’s like having a burglar alarm fitted on your house but leaving the backdoor open!
Here are just some of the ways you can dispose of your old tech. securely and safely.
- Make sure you ‘back up’ important files and information.
Make a list of all the files you want to save, such as photos, documents etc. and then copy the data on to a USB/memory stick or use an external hard drive. Or a great alternative is already have had ‘cloud back up’ installed. This is included with Norton 360 Range and Norton Security Premium. Your data will then be available at anytime time to update your new device when you wish to
- Wipe Data Securely.
It is not a great idea to just throw your old device in to the bin! Your smartphone/laptop or tablet has all your personal information on it, and this would a great find for cyber criminals to get their hands on. You must make sure that it is wiped securely before disposing of it. (This is also true of any USB sticks or external hard drives that you no longer need)
When disposing of a laptop or computer, you can download an application to erase the hard drive. There are various recommended Apps on the market. You can select the data/files that you wish to delete, or you can wipe the entire drive. You can just follow the instructions from whichever software you are using. But remember this can take a while so plan accordingly.
Remember that putting data files in to the recycle bin and then ‘emptying your recycle bin’ is NOT wiping it from the hard drive, criminals can still access your personal files even though you have ‘emptied the recycle bin’ should they gain access to your device.
- . Recycle Old Devices
Once you have saved and then wiped your data from your old device, the next important thing is to think of how to dispose of it in an eco-friendly manner. Spare the landfill!! Many stores now will take your device regardless of age/or where your bought it and will dispose of it for free. (this also includes electronic devices such as VHS recorders, cables and radios)
But another good way is donate your device to a reputable charity(once wiped, of course!), They will then recondition it and give it to someone who is less fortunate than yourself, this is the true meaning of recycling!
4 Securing your new device.
Some new computers come with a free trails of security software, but these are usually only for a short period. Look for a home computer security package, that will keep your device updated and prepared for cyber-attacks, including anti-malware, firewall protection, VPN, Cloud back up and online protection for children. The Norton 360 range is a great example. This security software package is also perfect for your mobile security & protection.
Always remember that your Digital device and your Digital life are all joined as one, always protect it and think Security with a capital S!