Christmas is finally here, and for many gift recipients, there may be a shiny new device sitting under the Christmas tree. Whether it’s a new phone or tablet, it has certainly been a great year for new technology, meaning there are loads of options for the gadget lovers in your life. As you get to know your new device this year, don’t forget about your old ones, more specifically – don’t forget to dispose of them!
One frightening trend that has become apparent is that people are simply leaving old phones lying around when they get a new one. This issue is compounded in an office, where rooms can be filled to the brim with old phones that serve no other purpose than to be stolen.
Unless you’re planning to sell your old device, your best course of action is to shred and properly dispose of your obsolete technology. Why risk your identity when there are safe options for removal? Here is why you should shred instead of turning your old device into a paper weight.
Data Fraud Is Real
You can’t just remove a SIM card and expect your old device to be secure, nor will deleting and resetting the device make it 100% safe. A smart hacker can find a way to get what they want. Rely on a mobile device destruction service, which Legal Shred offers.
Handsets Are Risky
75% of respondents in the 2014 State of Endpoint Risk Report by Ponemon Institute say that mobile devices such as smartphones represent the greatest security risk within the IT environment. Hanging onto old ones only increases the risk of data theft. Shred those old handsets!
It’s Environmentally Friendly
Throwing away cell phones literally means throwing away valuable metals including copper, silver, gold, and palladium. Tossing cell phones in the landfill is not a sustainable action and can be detrimental to the environment.
If you’re one of the lucky ones to get a new device this Christmas, call Legal Shred to help you dispose of your old ones. While taking a hammer to your old phone may seem cathartic, beating the old device will not likely harm the memory chips and other components that need to be fully destroyed. Shredding prevents the undamaged components from being put in a new phone.
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