Did you know that deleting files on your computer and then emptying the Recycle Bin DOES NOT REMOVE the data on it?
And formatting your disk does not work better.
After several formatting operations, most of your personal data can still be retrieved from your hard drive, even on a failed disk, using data recovery programs and free software tools.
Identity thieves know that most people don't know how to correctly erase hard drive data before giving their computer away. These thieves target personal information on discarded computers and use it to steal your identity.
If you are selling, donating or discarding a computer, you have to make sure that no personal information exists anymore on it.Read more »