UK Anti Piracy Data Removal, Data Destruction, Data Protection

Data Removal, Data Destruction, Data Protection



Hard Drive Data Removal - Forensics Dept

Since we are regularly fighting criminals; much of our work, who we report to and our methods must remain secret.

However, our remit includes the protection of individual and private security (including identity protection). This is achieved in many ways, but this page deals with data removal and data destruction.

 

When disposing of a photocopier, memory stick, mobile phone, laptop, Server, PC or tablet computer, it is essential that all data is deleted. If files or data are sent to the recycle bin, this only deletes the file headers - the data remains on the hard drive and can be retrieved with special software (which can be downloaded).

Many redundant systems are resold in the UK, many are shipped overseas and they often still contain private or company data (hard drives sold in Africa tend to be worth 50% extra if they contain data).

 

UK Anti Piracy Forensics Department employs qualified engineers with many years experience not only in the computer industry but also in the computer storage industry and in the computer recovery industry. When wiping a hard drive, we completely erase all data (we do not just erase the file headers). We then overwrite the drive with new data (eg; we usually perform a full erase, full format and then perform a full reinstallation of the original software).

 

This means that systems can be safely supplied to charities etc, resold or destroyed without any risk of private data becoming compromised.

 

Please click on the above picture for a report by CBS news on photocopier security

 

Regarding Photocopier Security (wiping - erasing photocopier hard disk drives)

 

Most UK photocopiers are leased. UK Anti Piracy believes that in-house IT staff and the photocopier supplier should take joint responsibility for data stored on photocopier hard disk drives. The photocopier hard drive will typically hold confidential data (much of which may be covered by the data protection act) and it should always be erased - deleted before the photocopier is removed - replaced.

 

If this is not an option, either contact a local specialist or simply send the system to us. We will completely erase and reformate the hard drive on condition that we can pass on the photocopier (it would be passed on to a charity, resold or destroyed).

 

We will issue a certificate confirming that all data has been destroyed. We also record the procedures followed and the systems new owner (if re supplied). If a system is sent for destruction - recycling; we always remove memory, the Hard disk drive and we destroy all data.

 

If we cannot destroy the data, we strip the hard drive and destroy the individual components.

 

Data Destruction Service

 

Regarding Computer Security (wiping - erasing Laptop, PC, Tablet or Server hard disk drives)

 

Most second user computer systems sold online or via high street shops such as Cash Converters, Cash Providers, CEX and others, have not had the previous owners private data such as Paypal and bank account details, Facebook accounts etc completely deleted (please note that deleting a file on a hard drive via the Delete or "Waste bin" option does not completely delete the file; it just deletes the file description).

 

The solution is to completely erase the hard disk drive and fully re-install Windows (completely erase the hard drive with special software, reformat the drive, delete the new partitions and then overwrite it). This process takes several hours.

 

This can be performed by a data expert or by using the correct Laptop, PC or Tablet Computer Recovery Disks. Please note that "smashing" the computer will usually not destroy the data. Please also note that we know of numerous instances where computers have been disposed of at local recycling centers, but have later "reappeared" and private data has "got into the wrong hands".

Hard Drive Data Destruction

Please click on the above picture for a BBC report on Hard Disk Drive Data Destruction

Bang Goes The Theory

Series 6 Episode 3

 

UK Antipiracy can either send an engineer to destroy all data on a computer system or systems. This service is obviously chargeable (costs vary - are available on request).

 

Microsoft Partner

 

Government bodies, companies and private individuals are invited to send old systems to us. We will completely erase and reformate the Laptop, PC, Tablet or Server hard drives on condition that we can pass on the computer (it would be supplied to a charity, resold or destroyed). As part of this process, we will also perform a full reinstall with the correct software for that particular computer (licensed software). Please note; we are full Microsoft partners, so can usually obtain a new license from Microsoft if the original Product Key has faded (we are only allowed to re-install the exact version of Windows which was originally installed).

 

We will issue a certificate confirming that all data has been destroyed. We also record the procedures followed and record the system the systems new owner contact details (if re supplied). If a system is sent for destruction - recycling; we always remove memory, we remove the Hard disk drive and we destroy all data. If we cannot destroy the data (eg if the hard drive is faulty but it still holds data), we strip the hard drive and destroy the individual components.

 

Likewise; in the case of systems received from military, legal or medical sources, the drives are stripped and physically destroyed.



 

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Private Data Destruction

 


 

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