||Oracle Tips by Burleson
Chapter 1 -
The Illusion of Anonymity
Dumping a Computer
If a computer is to be passed on to another user, perform
the following steps. This will help ensure a smooth transition.
Configure all programs to require a
password or PIN every time it is accessed.
Delete or uninstall all programs with any
personal information, including e-mail and financial programs.
Delete all files with personal information,
including spreadsheets and documents.
Use a program to overwrite all deleted
files so they cannot be recovered.
Format the hard drive. This should be done
after all of the preceding steps have been performed.
Format the hard drive again. It cannot
hurt. In fact, the State of North Carolina requires their
government agencies to format hard drives as many as 25 times
prior to sending a computer to surplus.
For extra protection, install another
operating system to overwrite data again.
With a bootable floppy disk, use the FDISK
utility to render permanently any remaining information useless.
There are companies that specialize in
reclaiming useful parts from discarded computers. Some operations
will make use of system components like memory (RAM) or processors
(CPU) to build refurbished systems. Others will melt down the main
circuit boards to obtain the precious metals used in their
construction for resale.
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