Why did I wait so long to get peace of mind regarding the safe destruction of my obsolete computer’s hard drive?
My old computer tower had been tucked under my work station for two years, slowly gathering a growing layer of dust. The problem for me was the uncertainty of not knowing what to do with the drive, which still contained personal information that I didn’t want to fall into the wrong hands. I’d long since purchased a laptop and no longer needed the slow, clunky machine. I wanted to recycle it but was afraid my personal information might be stolen.
The solution came easy to me; I joined the friendly and committed staff of Recycle San Diego. After finally acknowledging that there was no valid excuse to procrastinate any longer, I loaded up my old computer tower containing the hard drive and brought it here to the headquarters of Recycle San Diego. Once here our intrepid warehouse foreman Steve cracked the case and asked if I wanted to personally watch the hard drive being shredded right before my eyes. Most of our customers like to watch, but I trusted Steve to do my hard drive destruction professionally and walked away as he turned on the shredder and the motor came to life.
Why Should You Trust Recycle San Diego to Destroy Your Hard Drive?
The rationale for finally pulling the trigger was the Three P’s of Protection policy we developed to formalize our process of hard drive destruction. Knowing that there was a company-mandated process that guaranteed that no information could be stolen gave me the confidence that I could finally rid myself of my old computer.
What are the Three P’s of Protection?
Recycle San Diego’s Three P’s of Protection are:
2. Physical security
The first P of Protection is our Process which consists of the following when someone brings their hard disk to our facility for destruction:
- A scanner records each hard drive’s serial number
- A computer then creates a manifest log of all hard drives recorded
- If desired, customers can actually view the hard drive destruction onsite (or upon request, a DVD of the HDD can be provided for a small fee).
- Finally, for record-keeping a Certificate of Assured Destruction (COAD) listing the serial numbers of all the hard drives will be emailed to each customer. This gives individuals proof of destruction, and suffices to meet the reporting requirements for businesses.
The second P of our Three P’s of Protection is Physical Security. The hard drive destruction building and the shredding cage are both locked 24 hours a day and only authorized employees have access via electronic key fobs. A closed circuit surveillance system also monitors and records all activities both inside and outside of the shredding facility.
The last P of our Three P’s of Protection is Personnel. Only authorized Recycle of San Diego employees who have passed thorough background checks including past employment history verification, a criminal record search, who undergo ongoing drug screenings and who have been trained in the handling of sensitive data perform the actual hard drive destruction.
As I walked away from the shredder, I could hear the sound of massive gears shredding my hard drive into tiny little pieces. My bank records, personal photographs and everything that I worried about falling into the wrong hands was completely destroyed. Peace of Mind guaranteed. Isn’t it your turn to have peace of mind, too?
Gordon Danielson – Marketing & Events Manager