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SHRED DAY 2015: How to properly dispose of cell phones, credit cards and hard drives

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The best way to get rid of a hard drive is to digitally wipe it clean and then drill it. The best way to get rid of a hard drive is to digitally wipe it clean and then drill it.
SPOKANE, Wash. -

Three of the most common items with sensitive information on them are cell phones, hard drives, and credit cards. While we can't shred these items, there are ways to make sure once you're done with them, they don't contain any sensitive information. 

1.) Cell Phones:

  • Remove the sim card
  • Then reset your phone to its factory settings.

     It's important to take out the sim card because even when your phone is wiped, the card will still have information about you on it.

2.) Credit Cards. Taking a few swipes with scissors won't cut it anymore.

  • First you should run a magnet along the stripe on the back...
  • Then cut the card into at least three pieces...
  • Then put all three pieces in *different* trash cans so thieves can't find them all in one place.

3.) Hard Drive
    First, digitally wipe it clean. There are programs that can do that for you. 
    Then, to be really safe, drill it. Put on some protective flasses, grab a drill, and drill through the platters around the controller board.

When it comes to TVs, tablets, and items like portable DVD players, there are actually places you can take them. Check out that list here. 
 

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