Velocity Technology Partners Blog

Velocity Technology Partners has been serving Athens, Gainesville and North Georgia since 2005, providing IT Support such as technical helpdesk support, computer support, and consulting to small and medium-sized businesses.

Why You Need to Properly Dispose of e-Waste

Why You Need to Properly Dispose of e-Waste

Technology has become more commonplace in offices and homes all around the world, and you might find yourself replacing it more often than previously thought. This leads to an awful lot of waste that can accumulate in your office, be it an extra smartphone, desktop, or something as simple as a random, non-functional hard drive. However, getting rid of your old, unnecessary tech isn’t as simple as throwing paper into a recycling bin, and it shows in the amount of e-waste that infects the world every day.

Have you ever wondered what happens to your old devices after you throw them in the trash? Eventually, any discarded devices of yours will find their way into a landfill or shipped to a third-world country where they will accumulate. Anything used to construct these devices will have ultimately been wasted, as they are now useless hunks of precious metals, glass, and other resources. Here are some statistics about e-waste that might make you rethink tossing that old smartphone into your garbage can.

  • 45 million tons of electronics were thrown away in 2016.
  • Only 20% of e-waste is properly documented and recycled.
  • $55 billion worth of raw materials are wasted on devices that are thrown away--with smartphones alone accounting for about $9 billion.
  • 76% of all e-waste is ultimately unaccounted for with an unknown endgame.

With more technology being produced every year, it’s natural to see the amount of e-waste rise as time progresses. Yet, e-waste is a considerable issue for your organization. There is one major pitfall that you’ll want to consider regarding your business’s e-waste: data security.

Data Security
Any data that can be found on your business’ devices is at risk of being compromised, and if you no longer own the devices, this risk grows much greater. Consider this scenario; you discard your old smartphone when you purchase a new one, and a hacker finds it after you have disposed of it. They then proceed to access any accounts connected to it, including access to your company’s cloud-based network and data storage. They can do this even with something like an external hard drive.

The logical conclusion to this dilemma is to make sure that your devices are properly wiped or destroyed prior to disposing them. You can do this by either physically destroying the device itself, or by reaching out to Velocity Technology Partners. We can properly take care of your unneeded devices and follow the right steps to make sure that any devices you no longer need won’t unexpectedly place your organization at risk. Plus, we can help you recycle your devices so that they have a reduced chance of filling a dump somewhere halfway across the world.

To learn more about how to eliminate unnecessary devices in an unwasteful manner, reach out to us at (800) - 983 - 5765.

 

Comments

No comments made yet. Be the first to submit a comment
Already Registered? Login Here
Guest
Sunday, 27 May 2018

Captcha Image

Mobile? Grab this Article!

QR-Code dieser Seite

Tag Cloud

Cybercrime HBO App store Data Theft Smartphones Management Device Security Data Storage Evernote Safety Connectivity Storage Business Computing WIndows Server 2008 Commerce Emergency WannaCry Hard Drive Thank You Cast WiFi Google Docs Shortcut Outlook Gadgets Lifestyle Saving Money Artificial Intelligence Office 365 Identity Theft Managed Service Provider Analysis Workers Monitoring SaaS Politics Data Management Hosted Solutions Spyware Small Business Tech Support Data Best Practice Automation VPN Computers Two-factor Authentication Business Management Language Smartphone Mobility Collaboration Social Media Cost Management MSP Networking Network Congratulations IoT Credit Cards Unsupported Software Mobile Devices Big Data NFL File Sharing History Mobile Device Management Windows Softphones App Gifts Comparison Employer-Employee Relationship The Internet of Things Printing Update Adobe Legislation Wireless Charging Cybersecurity Email Computer Forensics Maintenance Smart Tech Cloud Computing Websites Google Maps Malware Encryption Antivirus Telephone Audit User Tips Vendor Management Outsourced IT Sales Hosted Solution Computing Law Enforcement Data Loss Productivity Hardware Data Recovery Wireless Technology User Error Specifications Content Filtering Computer Apps Phishing Proactive Gmail Managed IT Services Android Microsoft Excel Travel Google Drive Software as a Service Flexibility Financial Technology IT Support Disaster Recovery Internet BYOD Security Passwords Data Security Cleaning Risk Management Edge Marketing Legal PowerPoint Tech Term Retail IT Services Devices Identities intranet IT budget Best Practices IT support Chrome Data Breach OneNote Identity Sports Twitter Streaming Media BDR Windows 10 Innovation Chromebook Patch Management Cortana eWaste Browser Router Internet of Things Business Continuity Wireless Internet Charger Google Excel Fraud VoIp Ciminal Business Google Assistant Virus Backup Updates Communications Work/Life Balance Redundancy Data Backup Microsoft Word Money Operating System Tip of the Week Telephone Systems Network Security Communication Wi-Fi Managed IT Virtualization Licensing Apple Screen Mirroring Proactive IT Microsoft Office iPhone Alert Tablets Applications Content Filter Efficiency Data Protection Social Engineering Technology Mobile Security Hackers Microsoft Software Holiday Cloud IT Management Data Privacy Spam Server IT Solutions Personal Information Ransomware Privacy Word Blockchain Conferencing Sync Government Value Vulnerability Project Management FAQ Windows Ink