Free Geek takes the security of your data seriously. We make every effort to ensure any data-containing gizmos we receive are either wiped clean, or physically destroyed on-site. That said, the ultimate responsibility for the security of your data is yours. Here are some steps you can take to ensure your data is secure, and details of our data destruction processes.
What you can do
Simply deleting files does not make the data unrecoverable. Physically destroying hard drives makes it difficult to recover data, but may not actually destroy it. The safest way to ensure your data is unrecoverable is to overwrite the entire drive multiple times, using one of the following applications:
We recommend using DBAN before donating systems or hard drives. We offer free DBAN disks at Free Geek.
These days your phone or PDA could know more about you than your mother, and it’s important to remember even small gizmos can contain volumes of sensitive data. You can find details on how to securely erase data from these gizmos by doing a simple internet search.
By using non-destructive means to securely erase your data, you not only protect yourself, you keep much-needed technology available for reuse in your community.