The EPC Data Containment Unit has arrived at Homeland Secure IT

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This is our DCU, it is like many other DCUs, but this one is our own…. I bet you are wondering, “What the heck is a Data Containment Unit?” aren’t you?!! The trashcan-like device pictured above is a DCU or “Data Containment Unit”.  Its purpose in life is to hold old hard drives that are destined to be destroyed PHYSICALLY …

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What does free really cost?

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What follows is a guest blog post from our friends at EPC, a company providing data destruction services for your end of life computer equipment. What Does Free Really Cost? You’ve met the “guy with the pick-up truck” that can take your PC in for free. All of us have. But where does your data on that PC “go?” Even …

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Data Security: You returned your computer, but where’s your data???? #scary #datasecurity

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Recently, Staples Business Depot did the unthinkable, they sold computers that had been returned, and the hard drives contained the previous owner’s private information according to an article on the www.cbc.ca news site which states, “Staples resold laptops with customer data, audit finds“. The article goes on to say that 54 of the 149 computers tested that were ready to …

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Guess what we found on an old hard drive? Thousands of medical and personal records… #datasecurity #security

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Brent Amyette over at ShredDisk wanted to perform an experiment to determine just how well data was being protected by those selling used equipment, so he purchased a used server off of the online site, Craigslist. He then brought the server to us and we examined it. The three hard drives had previously been in a RAID array, but had …

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SECURE IT ALERT: Protect your data with DATA DESTRUCTION from ShredDisk #Greenville

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Protect your data – by destroying it! Boy that sounds interesting doesn’t it? But what does that mean? As computers age and are replaced, they might find their way to a dumpster, or given to a non-profit organization who refurbishes them and resells them, or they may be given to a computer recycler who is supposed to dispose of the computer …

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What happens when you recycle a PC or other electronics?

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I’m often asked how to dispose of an old PC or hard drive. Most people are improperly disposing of electronic equipment, and then there are some who think they are doing the right thing and give it to a “PC recycler”, who might do this with it: (long video opens in new window) If you need help insuring that your …

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