Network Synergy Blog

Why You Need to Be Careful when Discarding Technology

Why You Need to Be Careful when Discarding Technology

Nothing lasts forever - especially your business’ technology. However, you shouldn’t just get rid of your old technology willy-nilly. This is mostly for two reasons: one, many of the components in our technology are really bad for the environment; two, carelessly disposing of technology is a great way to put your data at risk. In order to protect your data, you need to make sure that your old equipment is properly disposed of.

The Two-Pronged Risk of Improper Disposal
Like we said, there are two major issues to cutting corners when ridding your business of its old tech. First, there’s the potential environmental impact that could be incurred.

In order to work the way, we want them to, many devices (especially mobile ones) rely on parts and components that can potentially cause some significant damage to the environment. In addition to the materials that simply aren’t biodegradable, most devices contain hazardous materials like lead, mercury, and cadmium - not to mention their lithium batteries. These materials have a tendency to gradually seep into their surrounding environment, effectively poisoning the land and the water around them. This ultimately loops back around to human beings and has been shown to cause toxic buildup in our systems, leading to serious health issues like cancer.

In addition to these risks, there is also the risk that any data left on an improperly disposed-of device could be stolen and leveraged by a dumpster-diving cybercriminal. Depending on what information the device held, this could very easily contribute to some serious issues on the part of the business. Whether it is your own business’ sensitive data or that of your clients, it needs to be properly removed before the device in question leaves your oversight.

Ideas for Tech Disposal and Repurposing
There are a few options you have for getting rid of your older technology, each with its own benefits.

  • Find a reputable recycler. Find a recycler who you trust to properly dispose of your technology after completely destroying any data. There are many vendors who can help you to accomplish this.
  • Donate your old technology. If there isn’t anything wrong with your old tech, and you just need to upgrade to support improved solutions, you could consider donating your old devices to a local school or other similar outlet. Of course, you should make sure that all data has been appropriately removed before handing them over.
  • Double-check that you can’t still use it. There is a chance that an upgrade or two would enable you to continue utilizing a particular piece of hardware. If not, perhaps there is somewhere else in your organization that it can still be leveraged. Is there anyone else using an older machine in your organization that wouldn’t mind getting a hand-me-down? If a device can still support another staff member’s use, you might as well pass it to them and reduce the amount of waste you produce.

If you need assistance changing over to new devices and being rid of the old, reach out to Network Synergy. We can ensure that you have the solutions you need for success, without putting your security in jeopardy. Reach out to us at 203.261.2201 to learn more.

Can Hosted VoIP Be a Game Changer for Your Busines...
Tip of the Week: How to Adjust Your Router to Impr...
 

Comments

No comments made yet. Be the first to submit a comment
Already Registered? Login Here
Guest
Friday, August 17, 2018
If you'd like to register, please fill in the username, password and name fields.

Captcha Image

Mobile? Grab

QR-Code dieser Seite

Sign Up

  • First Name *
  • Last Name *

      Blog Categories

      Quick Tips Smart Tech Outsourced IT Buisness Business Continuity IT Consulting Proactive IT Big Data User 3D Printing Conferencing Holiday Hacks Managed IT Service Address Touchscreen Collaboration Privacy Samsung Specifications Data Recovery Solid State Drive Mirgation Files Workplace Tips Productivity Work Station Chrome Information Going Green Microsoft Excel Webcam Writing Virus Internet Exlporer Managed IT services Service-based Business Internet of Things Display Macro Ransomware Excel Distributed Denial of Service Print Server Refrigeration Migration Monitors Help Desk Remote Monitoring and Management Scary Stories Consultation WiFi Backup Saving Time Encryption Social Domains Analyitcs Customer Relationship Management Administrator Digital Operating System Cookies Enterprise Content Management Mobile Device Management Microsoft Office Cortana communications Webinar VPN Mobility Error Windows Black Friday Business Spam Security GPS SharePoint Enterprise Resource Planning Scam Upgrades Identity IT service Regulations Hardware Miscellaneous Intranet File Sharing Android Cloud Internet PC Care Mobile Data Printer Leadership Windows 10 Statistics IoT Law Enforcement Experience Application Virtual Reality Technology Laws Physical Security Document Management Business Growth Google Docs Value Laptop Troubleshooting Virtualization Halloween Malware Employee-Employer Relationship Hosted Solution Wi-Fi Data Security Backups Healthcare IT Solutions Bring Your Own Device Tip of the week Fleet Tracking High-Speed Internet Communication Hiring/Firing Meetings Antivirus iPhone Legislation IT Support Emoji Money Lenovo History Typing Smart Technology Computer Marketing Alerts PowerPoint App Remote Computing Battery Staffing How To Servers Geography How To Licensing Server Cleaning Co-managed IT G Suite Information Technology Browser Firewall Apple Apps Best Practices Disaster Recovery Crowdfunding Crowdsourcing Sports Cameras Paperless Office Regulation Relocation Logs Remote Monitoring VoIP IT Management Google Analytics Computer Care Company Culture Digital Payment Piracy Text Messaging Virtual Private Network Wires Augmented Reality User Tips Vulnerability CrashOverride Public Cloud Microsoft Applications Best Practice Employer-Employee Relationship Mobile Technology Permissions Innovation Password Downtime Gadget IT Consultant Windows 8.1 Update User Error Monitoring Compliance Hard Drives Chromebook Hacker Unified Communications Automation Social Media Telephony Computer Accessories Running Cable Recovery Cache Hard Drive Redundancy IT Support Bandwidth Business Computing Remote Workers CIO Notifications Gaming Console Google Wallet Software Tips Phishing Mobile Security Consumers Managed Service Provider Hacking Hosted Solutions Gadgets Proactive Mail Merge Outlook Managed IT Training Small Business Tutorials Deep Learning Data Management Tablet Network Cybercrime Router Smartphones Wireless Streaming Media Google Calendar Fraud End of Support Tracking Supercomputer Office Tips IBM Twitter Two-factor Authentication Office Processors Save Time Computers IT Services Scheduling Data storage PDF Government Google Maps Artificial Intelligence Environment Machine Learning Tip of the Work Windows 8 Gmail Uninterrupted Power Supply Tip of the Week Infrastructure Cyber Monday Techology Charger Debate Food Managing Stress Cooperation Connectivity Facebook Entrepreneur Data Breach Mobile Device Motion sickness Nanotechnology Managed IT Services Email Public Speaking Best Available Secruity Business Management Hard Disk Drive Computer Repair Data Warehousing Congratulations Word Tech Term Humor Asset Tracking YouTube Administration Mobile Business Intelligence Risk Management Staff Users BDR Storage Bitcoin Retail eWaste Safety Networking Undo Documents WPA3 Flexibility Time Management Disaster Sync Productivity IT budget Budget Data Backup Cryptocurrency Alt Codes Google Drive Comparison Technology Fax Server Law Firm IT Knowledge CCTV LinkedIn Customer Service Network Management Web Server Health Access Control eBay Mouse Bluetooth Network Security LiFi Avoiding Downtime Inbound Marketing Website Patch Management Electronic Medical Records IP Address Managed Service Start Menu Black Market Cost Management Project Management Recycling Downloads Dark Web BYOD Personal Information Competition Settings Blockchain Tech Support Vendor Management Cloud Computing Operations Search Politics Mobile Office Vulnerabilities 3D Unified Threat Management Travel Lithium-ion Battery Video Surveillance Motherboard Taxes The Internet of Things Data Loss Star Wars Hotspot Cables Office 365 Management Presentation Net Neutrality Break Fix Social Networking Server Management Trending Cybersecurity MSP Education Network Congestion Assessment Computing Botnet Legal OneNote Business Owner Content Filtering HIPAA Development Language Thank You SaaS Upgrade Fun Work/Life Balance Mobile Devices Virtual Desktop Trainging Efficiency Cabling Digital Signature Hackers Spyware Skype Alert Maintenance Social Engineering Software as a Service Modem Screen Reader Google Disaster Resistance Printing Computing Infrastructure Utility Computing Point of Sale Technology Tips Robot Remote Support Automobile Multi-Factor Security Websites Saving Money Superfish Passwords Telephone Systems 5G Chatbots Windows 10 Data Online Currency Mobile Computing People Wearable Technology Firefox Identity Theft USB IT Technicians Heating/Cooling Identities Phone System Save Money Programming Current Events Unified Threat Management Software Private Cloud Wireless Technology Corporate Profile Unsupported Software Business Technology Drones Memory Shortcut Smartphone

      Latest Blogs

      Every business has some sort of management tasks that requires foresight, and staying up on them can keep headache-inducing situations from constantly causing downtime and costing ...

      Latest News

      Our Site Has Launched!

      flag

      Welcome to Our New Site!
      We are proud to announce the unveiling of our new website at Network Synergy!

      Read more ...

      Contact Us

      Learn more about what Network Synergy can do for your business.

      callphone

      Call us today    203.261.2201

      Fax Number :    203-261-2935

      126 Monroe Turnpike
      Trumbull, Connecticut 06611

      facebook twitter linkedin #youtube