Friday, August 18, 2006


Millions of Britons are putting themselves at risk of identity fraud by ditching their old computers and not erasing any data from the hard drive. An investigation found that as many as one in three dumped computers had personal information including bank details and sensitive business information still on them. Between six to eight million computers are dumped in the U.K. every year, giving potential fraudsters a chance to cash in by selling user’s bank details and other information. In an age when identity theft is rife, this is bad news for all of us. There is however a lesson to be learnt from this. Deleting computer files is not enough. The only way to ensure complete security is to run a programme to completely wipe the hard drive of any sensitive information. I’ll certainly be doing this when my own p.c. reaches the end of its lifespan.

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