Data Security – E-Waste Disposal and Data Loss

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When your devices reach end-of -life, what do you do with them? Store them until later, creating space issues? Throw them into a landfill to leach toxins into the ground water and waste raw materials? Give them to friends, family, or employees? None of these solutions is ideal, especially as regards data security. Though most of us understand that e-waste is best recycled, few of us give it much thought beyond that.

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E-Waste Overview: What is it, how much is there, why is this a problem?

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Electronic waste, also known as e-waste, is a growing problem world wide. We are producing and discarding more and more electronics each year, but we seem to be recycling fewer. In 2016, we produced approximately 44.7 million metric tons of e-waste globally. By 2020, that number is expected to top 50 million. We only recycle about 20%. In 2016, that meant 8.9 million metric tons.

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Windows 7 Support is Ending, What Can You Do With Your Old Devices?

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Windows 7 was released nearly 10 years ago. That means that many of the devices running it are no longer as efficient or useful. Microsoft plans the end-of-life date for operating systems before they even release them. While that may seem strange, this planned obsolescence means you can be prepared ahead of time to upgrade. The simplest thing to do is replace and dispose of your devices.

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