The shocking truth about second-hand data storage

21st January 2021

DID YOU KNOW that as many as many as 90% of pre-owned data storage devices have been found to contain sensitive data from former owners? And this is 90% have sensitive data; the amount with other personal data is even higher! Sensitive data could include company emails, private messages, banking documents and even pornographic materials. 

Kaspersky’s Global Research & Analysis Team or GReAT for short did a research experiment to see how many secondhand devices were “clean”. Out of a sample size of 185 only 11% were completely clean whilst a whopping 37 were found to have data that could be immediately extracted. 74% had data that could be recovered using file carving, a technique that recovers deleted data from hard disks..  

If any of this information fell into the wrong hands, it could potentially lead to enormous amounts of damage for the previous owner, including blackmail, identity theft and access to private or company accounts.  

At 121 IT Services we have a set procedure when disposing of used storage devices to ensure these are completely clean for your peace of mind. If you have any questions regarding this procedure, please get in touch.