You’ve probably seen the recent TV and billboard adverts with Jonathan Ross promoting the new Sky+HD Undelete feature, but how does it work?
This is a really clever new feature of the Sky+ boxes and it might seem like some fancy new technology but in reality it is not – that’s just the way computer hard disk drives work.
Every Sky+ box contains a hard drive and that’s what records your favourite TV programs – just like the data on a computer. And just like a computer, pressing the delete button on your Sky box does not actually delete the recorded program – it just removes the index to that program and tells the box that there is now free space on the hard drive.
This is exactly the same as deleting a file from your computer – it is not actually removed from the hard disk. Granted, it is not as simple to retrieve as using Sky’s ‘undelete’ button but it is fairly simple if you know how.
That’s why it is important to properly securely erase the data on computer hard drives when they are disposed of, and that’s where we can help. Simply contact us now to find out more.
Everyone knows they should backup their data but it is often confusing and a hassle. SugarSync is a great piece of software that keeps your data safe and backed up. It also allows you to access your data from anywhere on the internet or even from your mobile phone.
Personal users get 5GB of free storage (plenty for your most important documents, photos and more) and it synchronises the selected data on your computer with the SugarSync servers (the ‘cloud’) so if the worst happened and you lost your laptop you could still see your data from any computer with an internet connection, and all you have to do when you get a new computer is sync your data back to it.
We are pleased to be able to offer a computer recycling and disposal service for both commercial and domestic customers.
We know we are not the only company offering this service so we thought it is worth pointing out a couple of things to bear in mind when giving your old computers to a company to dispose of.
When you give your Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment to a company to dispose of, that company has to have licences to be able to legally accept and deal with your waste.
We have all required licences:
- SEPA (Scottish Environment Protection Agency) Registered Waste Carrier/Broker
- SEPA Paragraph 48 Exemption to store waste
- SEPA Paragraph 47 Exemption to refurbish IT equipment
- Registered under the Data Protection Act
- Waste Transfer Notes issued
Make sure you are giving your waste to someone who is licenced to accept it – it’s your responsibility!
Data Destruction Capabilities
There are lots of free utilities on the internet for wiping hard disk drives. Whether they work or not is debatable and this is not the arena for that debate, but to ensure customer data security we only use UK Government CESG approved hardware and software to destroy hard disks and erase data – naturally it costs us more but it is a price worth paying for customer data security and peace of mind.
We use Tabernus CESG certified data erasure software and provide Certificates of Destruction showing the serial numbers of all hard disk drives destroyed for customer records and audit trail.
Externally Audited Company
Our data erasure and destruction services and our computer disposal, recycling and resale services are ISO 9001 Quality Management and ISO 27001 Information Security Management certified and we are audited annually by an external auditor.
Again, this is an additional cost to us but we feel it sets us apart as a secure, legitimate computer recycling and data destruction specialist.
We are also Affiliate Members of the Asset Disposal and Information Security Alliance (ADISA) – an organisation dedicated to promoting industry best practice.
All of this makes us a great choice for computer recycling in Glasgow!
What is Data Protection?
Everyone has heard about Data Protection but what is it? It is basically about ensuring that businesses make sure the data they hold on customers is kept safe and does not fall in to the wrong hands.
It is governed by the Data Protection Act (DPA), of which there are 8 principles that businesses must adhere to. The most relevant principle for this review is Principle 7:
“Appropriate technical and organisational measures shall be taken against unauthorised or unlawful processing of personal data and against accidental loss or destruction of, or damage to, personal data.”
Who enforces it?
Data protection in the UK is enforced by the Information Commissioner’s Office (www.ICO.gov.uk); the independent Privacy Watchdog. The ICO is partially funded by the Government (this funds the processing of any Freedom of Information requests that are made to the Public Sector) and the enforcement of the Data Protection Act is funded by the fee charged to businesses who notify the ICO that they process data.
Any money from fines for breaches of the DPA goes to the Government.
When it comes to clearing out an office, some of the most valuable equipment to dispose of is the Cisco kit; switches, routers, hubs etc.
If you have any used Cisco switches to dispose of simply call us to see if we can remove it for you and – depending on the model and condition – we should be able to give you a great rebate on it so you recover some of its value.
We can also remove the rest of the redundant computer equipment, ensuring the data on the computers is securely erased and becasue we promote the reuse of equipment we minimise the environmental impact of IT disposal.
Contact us now to sell your used Cisco kit!
We offer the same secure data erasure and destruction to domestic home computer users as we do to businesses and with flexible opening hours we can accept late home computer drop offs
We will legally and responsibly process home computers and as we promote reuse of equipment it is the best option environmentally.
All data is securely erased with UK Government CESG approved tools and we can send you a Certificate of Destruction to confirm this has been done.
To make it easy for home computer recycling in Glasgow, we can accept drop offs after working hours to allow you to drop off your computer after work – simply contact us to dispose of your old computer in Glasgow.
We can provide full Asset Reports of all the equipment we remove to help you manage your assets.
Once your equipment has been processed we will send you an Asset Report that shows the serial numbers and details of all computers removed so you can track your assets, update your own asset management database and ensure traceability of your disposed computer equipment.
This is in addition to our comprehensive Certificates of Destruction that provide serial number identification of all hard disk drives that have been securely destroyed.
All of this adds to the complete IT Asset Disposal service that we offer and sets us apart from some computer recyclers.
Simply contact us now to see how we can assist with the secure disposal of your redundant IT equipment.
We aim to make the whole process of disposing of redundant IT equipment and removing computers for recycling as simple and efficient as possible, with the minimum disruption to the customer.
When the time comes to dispose of old computers you want the process to be quick and efficient. We will collect redundant computers, WEEE and IT equipment and issue a Waste Transfer Note right there and then.
The old computers are then taken to our secure premises where the hard drives are removed and destroyed, with Certificates of Destruction emailed to customers as soon as the hard disks are processed. This data destruction can of course take place on customer sites to meet individual security policies and we operate a simple per-unit pricing – customers are simply charged for each hard drive destroyed.
One of our key environmental aspirations is to maximise the amount of redundant equipment that is reused, and in many cases we can use the value of equipment to offset costs resulting in free recycling collections for customers, offering very cost-effective IT disposal: great for customers and great for the environment.
We often get asked exactly what we will remove from customer sites for legal and responsible recycling.
Not only do we provide secure, certified data destruction services (on or off customer sites) but we can also remove and dispose of many items of redundant IT/WEEE equipment, such as:
- Desktop computers, laptops, servers, notebooks
- Monitors – both TFT/LCD and CRT (old style)
- Keyboards, mice and other peripherals
- Network equipment – switches, routers, hubs
- Telephony equipment – telephones and systems
- Network and server cabinets
- All types of cables
- All electronic waste (WEEE Disposal)
- Scanners, printers, fax machines
- Mobile phones
We collect from sites throughout Glasgow and Scotland and through our extensive network of partners throughout the rest of the UK.
All it takes is a phone call to arrange the collection of your redundant computers and make sure they are disposed of legally, securely and responsibly.
We’re delighted to be involved with Recycle Week, a national campaign organised by Zero Waste Scotland to promote recycling to members of the public.
Our facility will be open late on weekdays during the week of 18th – 24th June and all day at the weekend to allow people to drop off their computers for secure data destruction and recycling.