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Should Businesses Shred Mobile Devices?

Old or Broken Devices May Present More Risks than You Think

Whether your company has a Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) policy, or you provide the cell phones, tablets and laptops to your employees and contractors, you may be familiar with how soon these mobile devices become obsolete. Thanks to rapidly evolving technology, new makes and models hit the market almost every day, compelling you to upgrade or replace mobile devices quite frequently. The question is, what happens to the old or broken ones, and what is the best way to discard them? 

The data destruction specialists at TITAN Mobile Shredding explain how shredding your mobile devices may be the most effective way to get rid of your e-waste, without causing damage to the environment or increasing risk for your business.

Advantages of Shredding Discarded Mobile Devices 

  1. Prevent Data Theft and Fraud: Each device used by your staff may have connected to various parts of your company network and stored hundreds of thousands of files, emails, apps or dashboards. No matter what sophisticated tools or software you use to wipe your old devices clean, the confidential and sensitive business information that once rested on them is never safe as long as these devices are intact. Restoring factory default settings, or removing and destroying SIM cards are good practices. However, they will not prevent professional hackers from retrieving the wiped data from your device memory. Shredding your old mobile devices is the only foolproof method of preventing data fraud and theft, and protecting your business.
  2. Be Environment-Friendly: Wiped devices thrown into the regular garbage will end up in landfills in the US, or in some cases even abroad. Dumpster divers may have a field day collecting discarded mobile devices, and selling them to the highest bidders on the black market, who in turn could retrieve your business information through sophisticated hacking methods. Moreover, electronic waste is detrimental to the environment and also leads to wastage of tons of precious metals, such as copper, lead, or palladium used in manufacturing various components of the devices. However, when a professional shredding company helps you destroy your mobile devices, they send the shredded materials for recycling, and help you expand your green footprint. 
  3. Get Complete Peace of Mind:  There are several reputed vendors and resale sites that ask you to ship your devices for free, offer instant cashback, and promise to wipe the devices clean, before recycling them further. However, professional shredding service providers will bring their mobile shredding trucks to your premises. That means, you can personally supervise the device destruction process and be 100% satisfied that your business information will not fall into the wrong hands.

Taking a sledgehammer to your old devices may be a tempting option, but beating down your phones, tablets and laptops will not actually destroy their components completely. A Do-It-Yourself approach will be tedious and time-consuming, and may only partially protect your business information. 

For a secure and trustworthy outcome, rely on the data destruction professionals at TITAN Mobile Shredding. We offer a wide range of on-site data destruction services, including routine paper shredding, hard drive destruction and media destruction. Our mobile shredding trucks are fitted with powerful machines that safely destroy your mobile devices and hard drives. Moreover, our sophisticated surveillance equipment allows you to witness the end-to-end destruction process from the comfort of your office.  We scan the serial numbers of the devices and issue a detailed Certificate of Destruction for every shredded drive. 

For safe and reliable paper and digital media shredding, choose a trusted NAID AAA Certified company, such as TITAN Mobile Shredding. Call us at (866) 848-2699 or contact us online to request your free quote.

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