Trash Your PC The Smart Way
When it comes to getting rid of your old computer, safety is more important than you might think. After all, your PC is home to lots of personal information and sensitive data!
To protect yourself, dispose of your tech the smart way. Here are some tips to help before your replace your PC with a shiny new machine!
CLEAN YOUR HARD DRIVE
No matter how careful you’ve been, your computer probably contains private information like passwords, financial account numbers, medical information, tax records, etc. Make sure your personal details are actually erased by not just deleting them, but wiping your hard drive. Save the files you want to keep on an external hard drive and then wipe your old PC’s slate clean.
DISPOSE THE HARDWARE PROPERLY
Simply throwing your old computer in the trash isn’t a smart option – not to mention it can be illegal depending on your local laws. The electronic components are bad for the environment, so special arrangements must be made. Check with your local sanitation department for rules and regulations on the disposal of electronics. If you want to do more than just trash your old computer, here are some great alternatives to consider:
- Recycle it – The Environmental Protection Agency has information about some great options. And your local community may also have a recycling program!
- Donate it – Many organizations collect old computers and donate them to charities.
- Resell it – Your computer may be old to you, but some organizations are interested in buying your used electronics. Check online for possible buyers near you.
- Repurpose it – Your computer may still have some use as a DVR for security cameras or as a household media server.
No matter what you decide to do with your old computer, make sure to be safe about it and keep security top of mind. You’ll be glad you did!