The Value in Electronic Data Shredding

Information destruction today has changed dramatically compared to a decade ago. Nowadays, everyone stores and edits their most valuable information on an electronic device. Whether it’s a computer, a tablet, or a smartphone, the average person’s most sensitive and private data can be found on a hard drive, not a piece of paper. While this may make some people safer and secure, the reality is that there are now more ways than ever before to breach said secure data. Electronic data is the central means of sharing, storing, and using important data and information, as such protecting this data and information is complex and difficult. The challenges of protecting electronic data change every day, as the ways to breach these private documents change daily as well.

Files are rarely stored in a singular place today. “Clusters” are where most files are stored, in groups, and work in concurrence with directories which are called hard drive folders. As such, the operating systems that stores these files must access them in a number of ways when the user requests them. Even a “deleted” file is never really gone, as it can be recalled since it really resides in the directory. Therefore, e-shredding has become a necessity of every business and individual today. Electronic data shredding ensures that files, data, and information is permanently destroyed, all electronically.

Destroying documents electronically can be done in a number of ways. The most common methods of electronic file destruction is as follows:

  • The overwriting of the clusters of files
  • Renaming these files in order to remove the original file name from the directory’s access
  • Take that file and truncate it  to a length of 9 bytes, which tells the system to discard that file size
  • Takes all of the renamed and truncated files and delete them

The process above is complex, yet ever important. As such, it is imperative for both individuals and organizations to hire professionals to handle their electronic data shredding. Due diligence is a critical step in the process to ensure that all electronic files, data, and information is deleted properly.

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