A Markham, Ont.-based company is urging Canadians to “shred” – not simply delete – data on their computer’s hard drive before donating it or ditching it.
Before you donate your computer to an organization — such as a church, youth centre or school — keep in mind sensitive data might still reside on its hard drive – even if you delete or even format it ahead of time.
If it falls in the wrong (and capable) hands, personal or financial information about you or your company can be easily retrieved, such as passwords, credit card numbers, corporate secrets, and so on.
And so a Canadian company, CBL Data Recovery Technologies, is offering a free downloadable tool for individual or corporate Windows XP or DOS users to safely and effectively wipe sensitive, private information from the hard drive.
Called CBL Data Shredder, this executable program provides a variety of destruction techniques to completely "shred" your data, making it inaccessible to anyone who gets their hands on your old PC. The company says this program satisfies the Royal Canadian Mounted Police DSX Method, the U.S. Department of Defense Standard 5220.22-M, as well as the German BSI Verschlussachen-IT-Richtlinien (VSITR) Standard.
Simply click here to grab this tool.
"Even though data can be lost due to physical damage or human error, it’s not irretrievable," says Bill Margeson, president and CEO of CBL Data Recovery Technologies Inc. "That’s why it’s especially important that computers changing hands, either for reuse or disposal, are properly cleansed of all personal information."