Regarding document destruction Mississauga my friend from Mississauga recently told me a story of how her PC was running slow so she bought a new laptop. She decided to donate her old PC to facility that cleans and repairs PCs for unemployed job-seekers to use. She is generally very careful with her personal information by using her home shredder for old paper files, yet it happened, six months later she received a late payment notice for a refrigerator she didn’t buy.
Upon contacting the company, she found someone had financed the appliance using her name, date of birth, social insurance number and even her mum’s maiden name! She had no idea that by donating that old PC, even though it was “wiped clean,” thieves would be still able to pull her information from it.
Unfortunately, there’s no guaranteed way to remove every single byte of data from a hard drive — which is why you see characters in shows like Mr. Robot ripping apart their computers in order to avoid detection. Though it’s unlikely that these charity organizations will go looking for this data purposefully, there’s no way to guarantee your info won’t be used against your will.
According to a 2014 press release from the NAID (National Association for Information Destruction), 40% of old laptops and other electronic devices have personal information on them even after a supposed wipe. Per Canadian Crime & Law Enforcement statistics, the rate of identity thefts in all of Canada has risen from 2.37 incidents per 100,000 residents in 2010, to 6.96 per 100,000 residents in 2015. That is an over 50% increase in just 5 years!
Any electronic device that you have entered your personally identifiable information into or that has pulled your information up from other sources has a trace amount of that record stored in a remote section of that device that can be accessed by any trained IT professional, even if “wiped clean”.
But what are you to do in Missassauga, the GTA, or downtown Toronto? Even if you perform your document destruction yourself at home, how will you dispose of computers, hard drives, and other electronics? That’s when you call a certified shredding services approved by the NAID, such as Absolute Destruction, that knows the environmentally correct way to dispose of these devices.
In order to get this certification, the team at Absolute have to use state-of-the-art mobile shredders that destroy both paper and electronics with equal ease, and all of their employees must be fully trained and bonded before they touch your computers. They also must follow environmental steps to ensure the destroyed electronic won’t cause damage to the area when recycled.
With mobile shredders, you’ll get to see first-hand your laptops and used electronics have been destroyed, so Google the document destruction Missassauga and other GTA homeowners trust. You’ll find a NAID-certified company that will protect you from electronic identity theft.