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Web Stalkers
Chapter 1 -
The Illusion of Anonymity

Dumping a Computer

If making use of a company to dispose of a retired machine, be sure to research exactly how it will be done.  Investigate the security and privacy policies in place.  Be sure to learn how the company safeguards information that may continue to reside on the system when they receive it, and how the machine is destroyed. Keep in mind that the disposal of certain computer components involves the handling of hazardous materials and must be done in a precise fashion in order to comply with current safety regulations.  It may also be helpful to consult with local computer technicians and retailers to learn how they handle the disposal of old machines.

Many non-profit organizations benefit from donations of computers.  Often, they prefer working machines with a minimum system requirement available upon request.  Links found at may be helpful.  Be sure to do research before donating equipment to any organization.

Inside Al-Qaeda’s Hard Drive

Alan Cullison is a reporter for the Atlantic Monthly.  While on assignment in the Middle East his laptop failed, so he purchased a couple of used machines as replacements that later turned out to have belonged to Al-Qaeda members.  These machines contained information that was shown to include e-mail messages from Osama bin-Laden.  The owners of these machines did not realize they were leaving an information trail on their old laptops.

This story was reported on CNN Headline News in August 2004

The above text is an excerpt from:

Web Stalkers
Protect yourself from Internet Criminals & Psychopaths
ISBN 0-97-45993-9-5

by Donald K. Burleson, Stephen Andert

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