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5 things you need to know about the Right to be Forgotten

How did the “Right to be Forgotten” come into existence? There have been over 18,000 requests by Britons to remove over 60,000 web links from Google since the ‘right to be forgotten’ was introduced in May this year and approximately 35% of these links have already been removed. The ruling made by the European Court of Justice was the result of a complaint made in 2010 by a Spanish citizen, …Read More

Data for Sale: 80% of Second Hand IT Equipment Dealers have it wrong

You’ve got rid of an old disk drive, computer or mobile phone and you thought all your problems related to your old device disappeared like magic. Well, unfortunately not. All this is not as simple as you expected.  Your data might become accessible to unscrupulous third parties and your moment of elation will probably disappear very quickly. We have investigated how the second hand device dealers deal with data management. …Read More

How to delete data in a secure environment

Deleting data in a secure environment involves two main concerns: making sure the data has not left the physical place where it is stored, and carrying out the erasure in accordance with strict rules to prevent it becoming recoverable. We cannot say it enough times: the most critical and important data should never leave the environment where it is being managed in a safe and controlled manner. This is especially …Read More

Secure data erasure & citizens’ data protection – the EU’s resolutions for 2014

In the world of increasingly digital in which we live, erasing obsolete data stored on media such as hard drives and SSD memory has become a strategic issue in economic and political terms. This has become increasingly important after the incidents such as the NHS Surrey’s data loss and wider issues such as the recent revelation of the NSA’s activities on European soil. More than a good resolution, erasing private …Read More

How to securely erase data from SSDs: 4 questions answered

What are the areas of an SSD where the data is stored? SSDs have four main areas where data is stored: System Area blocks (firmware, etc.) are generally stored in the first few blocks, but can be located anywhere.  No user data is stored in this area. Spare blocks can be stored anywhere.  Old copies of user data are stored here, until the garbage collection routine erases them during idle …Read More

Organisations donating used devices must remove any data beforehand to avoid security breaches

Consumer desire for the latest and greatest communication devices is creating a boom in the recycling business. Charities are also benefiting from the influx of old equipment being donated for reuse in the developing world.  This rise in spending on new technology isn’t entirely our fault. Big companies such as mobile providers are making it easier and more alluring than ever to part with an old device in exchange for …Read More

Spring at last: 6 ways to give your electronic devices a spring clean

No sooner has spring arrived and the urge to do our spring clean blossoms; make the floors shine, clean the car, weed the garden… But what about our computers, tablets and smartphones? A regular deep-clean should also be performed on our electronic devices. Here, we offer 6 practical tips on how to prepare your devices for spring. 1. Backups Firstly, (and regularly from now on!) perform a backup of your …Read More