Old tech reveals personal data of past owner

Did you wipe all your data properly before getting rid of your computer hardware?

In order to discover how well businesses wipe data on end of life devices, Researcher Josh Frantz from Rapid7 purchased 85 used IT hardware including computers, flash drives, phones, and hard drives from businesses. In total, he paid $600.

Astonishingly, only two devices were wiped properly, and three devices were encrypted. He was able to retrieve 214,019 images, 3,406 documents, and 148,903 email messages from all the devices he purchased.

In an attempt to sift through all these data for potentially private information, he used Python script and PowerShell to identify social security numbers, dates of birth, credit card numbers, and phone numbers. He ended up collecting 611 email addresses, 50 dates of birth, 41 Social Security numbers, 19 credit-card numbers, 6 driver’s license numbers, and 2 passport numbers.

So, how much do these data worth?

To research further about the black market value of the data, Frantz was surprised to learn how cheap it is to buy people's information on the Darknet. Social security number cost around $1 apiece, while full documents cost around $3. It is obvious to say that data leakage is so common that it has driven down the cost of the data itself.

How to safely dispose of your IT hardware?

From this experiment, we learned the importance of wipe your data properly before dispose of your hardware.  At Easy Hardware Trading, we offer IT hardware a second life so it has always been our priority to have professionals wipe out all the data in the devices when we receive used hardware.


How to recycle computer equipment

What normal company does

  • Donate to non-profits
  • Return products to the manufacturer
  • Take to professional disposal waste
  • Resell to the original seller

What Eht does

  • Buy used/obsolete computer equipment
  • Sell refurbished computer to other company

 

What are the benefits of choosing EHT?

  • Reduce waste and save the environment 
  • Optional Data Wiping: We offer an option to wipe out all your data
  • Cost Effectiveness: Stretch your budget further by buying certified pre-owned hardware, giving you all the functionality and capabilities of a new system, for a fraction of the price.
  • Shorter Lead Times: With an extensive multi-million-pound stock holding, Easy Hardware Trading can get you the part or system you need, when you need it.
  • Time-Efficiency: In order to make IT managers time efficient, we look for fair hardware prices on the market

 


Why is refurbishing Hardware Good?

We have noticed that whenever we have contact with a potential client, they are a bit hesitant in buying a "refurbished" hardware.

At the end of the day, purchasing refurbished hardware is smart. Buying used IT equipment is a lot like buying a used car. It offers the best quality at its price point. Due to multiple quality tests, refurbished equipment tends to have better performance ratings than new equipment. Used equipment is also backed by warranties, support, and maintenance plans. Furthermore, restored equipment is the best option if a business has a lean IT budget and needs to purchase quality equipment at a fair price.

Refurbished hardware offers high quality and warranties at the lowest cost. Not only will it save your business’ bottom line, it will help save the planet. Instead of quality used products wasting away in landfills, renewed equipment recycles quality hardware.