Erase your old hard drives
Information Week reports that Seven out of ten used hard drives have recoverable data on them. This is no joke if you are selling or discarding an old computer.
I always grab used computers from trash piles. Not only is it a good source of usable parts, but I’ve built quite a few working computers for friends that way. I always use a disk wiping utility to clean out the hard drive, though.
The most recent example had a bad power supply – easily fixed – and when it booted up it plainly showed their kids’ Disney software, their Quicken financial data, and quite a bit of porn. Glad to wipe that disk out!
Take care of your data, folks. If necessary, pay to have it erased.