It is always a good idea to only dispose of devices at events held by certified recyclers, like Commonwealth Computer Recycling.
Greensburg, PA (PRWEB) June 18, 2013
Commonwealth Computer Recycling (http://www.ccrcyber.com) has identified a major security risk for people who attempt to recycle their computers and electronics in Pennsylvania.
The company is warning residents to be careful when complying with the statewide Covered Device Recycling Act, which prohibits the landfilling of electronic devices. While this law is an important environmental protection measure, consumers also can increase their risk of identity theft if they do not work with a secure recycling service. In response, Commonwealth Computer Recycling is ramping up efforts to allow people to safely dispose of their electronics.
The problem lies with recycling programs that tend to lack the security needed to appropriately dispose of computers and electronics containing sensitive data, such as personal banking information.
“There are too many programs that ask people to simply leave their devices at an unguarded location for future pickup,” said Serdar Bankaci, founder of Commonwealth Computer Recycling. “You would be surprised at how often you see people sifting through these piles of computers and laptops, looking for anything of value. For identity thieves, these insecure drop-off locations are a gold mine.”
Very few drop points or collections have instituted the proper measures to safeguard personal data from identity thieves.
“The primary problem occurs when uncertified and unlicensed collectors, often claiming to be providing a valuable environmental service, do not transfer all of the material to an accredited facility,” said Bankaci. “Rather, the collector picks through the material, taking the items of value.”
The valuable items, including cell phones, laptops and desktops, are also those that contain personal information. Pennsylvania residents who use these programs for electronics disposal have no way of knowing where their devices end up—or if they get into the hands of a certified recycler at all.
Even if device owners reformat their hard drives, there is still no guarantee that their personal data will be safe from prying eyes. In fact, the most inexperienced identity thieves are capable of recovering data that most people think has been destroyed through reformatting. With more than 300,000 identity theft complaints filed last year in the U.S., consumers should exercise extreme caution when disposing of any device containing personal information.
“It’s important for people to pay attention to how their old devices are being handled,” said Bankaci. “It is always a good idea to only dispose of devices at events held by certified recyclers, like Commonwealth Computer Recycling. All of our employees undergo rigorous background checks, and we offer onsite hard drive disposal to ensure the safest handling of all personal data.”
Commonwealth Computer Recycling holds free recycling events throughout the year. Participants at these events can watch as their hard drives are destroyed onsite, providing an extra level of security and peace of mind.
To learn more about Commonwealth Computer Recycling and to check the company’s schedule of upcoming events, visit http://www.ccrcyber.com.