It’s important to erase all personal information from old computers before disposing of them.
Simply reformatting a hard drive or reinstalling the operating system does not guarantee the old data is unreadable. Physically destroy the hard drive or use a special “wipe” program. These programs, such as [email protected] and Dban, are free and meet governmental security standards.
Cyber Tip of the Day from the Multi-State Sharing and Analysis Center (MS-ISAC)