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Data Security

Your data is safe with us

At Free Geek, we take care to ensure the safety of your data-containing devices. Our data security promise extends to desktops, laptops, smartphones, tablets, and all other data-containing devices.

Why choose Free Geek for data sanitization and destruction?

  • Data-bearing devices we receive are routed to our secure data area for data destruction.
  • National Institute Standards and Technology (NIST) SP800-88 data sanitization.
  • DoD Short three-pass overwrite standards.
  • Certificate of Data Destruction available upon request (see below).

Our Process

When you donate data-bearing devices, they are routed directly to our secure data area. Computer hard drives that meet our reuse specifications are wiped clean in our hard drive sanitation banks. Those not slated for reuse are physically destroyed so that the data is unrecoverable.

Our data destruction process for computer hard drives utilizes a technique called DOD Short or triple-wiping, ensuring that all data is completely unrecoverable.

If you would like to wipe the device drive yourself before donating to Free Geek, we recommend using a program like DBAN.

Get Proof of Destruction

For a fee of $10 per device or data-containing drive, Free Geek can provide donors with an itemized Certificate of Data Destruction. This is a perfect option for donors who specifically require documentation of data erasure and destruction.

If you need this extra level of documentation, please ask for this service when making a donation or scheduling a pickup.