You are here

How to Dispose of Old Laptop Securely

You need to get rid of obsolete files. Is the file still needed?
How many files are there?
Where’s the file stored on the hard drive? (in a folder, a file or on another internal drive?)
Is there any chance it can still be accessed, copied, used or modified?
How much of the file is on the internal hard drive?
Is the file considered important and identifiable?
What is their design? — it could contain personal or financial information, or security keys, for example.
Can you get hold of them?
Most importantly, can you tell if there are any active security systems or updates running?
Unfortunately, there’s no third-party software you can install to overwrite your files. The best (and insecure) way to destroy files is to use a file shredder, which shreds them into zeros. A more permanent solution is to simply delete them. Isn’t it simpler to just reinstall the app/software and keep the files?
But first, let’s understand why it’s so important to get rid of obsolete files.
Many enterprise applications are complicated and complicated software has a tendency to make you complacent. “The system is just fine,” you might think, “I’ve never had an issue with it.”
But it’s important to catch problems early so you can avoid potential future problems at an earlier stage. And one common touchpoint is software maintenance and upgrading.
Updates and maintenance continuously churn and replace software. Stuff breaks. People need to be able to perform their jobs properly every single time. Just 6% of software applications become ‘portable’ every year. Software maintenance requires a lot of attention. And it doesn't require any technical skill.

Hard drives can sometimes contain passwords, credit card numbers, authentication codes or other personal information. All you have to do is destroy or hide your hard drive.
There’s no need to notify your banking, credit card, email or similar provider that you’ve done so. You’ll get no warning in the usual way.
Credit card companies generally don’t allow retailers to overwrite customer credit card numbers unless you specifically ask them for it.
Unless you’re leaving your hard drive behind with your guests, it’s safest to destroy it and hide it away somewhere safe where you’ll know where it is.
Amazon Drive Things
It pays to be careful about who you share your information with. Amazon does this deliberately. It has a built-in anti-theft and anti-phishing feature. To set this up, go to Settings > Account > Amazon Drive > Security & sharing.
Amazon Drive Your Appciations
Drive Things Securely
There’s a catch, of course, however. People who manage the Amazon Drive app can wipe hard drives as they please.
Amazon prides itself on having a bigger jaw-dropping array of security features than practically every other cloud provider has.
If you’re an Amazon Flex user (owners of Kindle e-readers and similar appliances), go to Settings > Account > Amazon Drive > Security & sharing
To set this up, go to the Amazon Drive > Security & sharing page.

Buying your first home? Amazon will help finance your home on your behalf. Amazon will sell you a settlement; you pay the Amazonian and get access to things like evidence of insurance in case of a break-in.
Amazon regularly joins forces with other companies to report on the sort of things you buy.
Determine what you want all of this information for and who you want to share it with.
Amazon also owns Cloudflare, a service that helps content providers make their sites load faster by sharing information with servers around the world. Cloudflare also mines your browsing data in order to improve its search algorithm. Amazon uses your data to target ads.
Possible rewards:
Note: All of this data may be logged locally, making it possible to identify you by other means.
Fight Club is a great movie, but whatever you do, don’t watch it on an SSD. Children watch Fight Club on SSD.
Ithaphaw challenges users to make videos using their own voice. Ithaphaw captures its voice using the microphone on an SSD drive mounted to a projector.