Complete all the steps below and then mark it as complete
Did you know that if you delete some into your recycling bin (windows) or your trash (macs) it doesn't actually delete? Securely erasing our data so it isn't recoverable helps prevent a number of attacks including financial fraud and identity theft, as it reduces the chances of cyber criminals being able to get their hands on our sensitive data.
Follow the instructions in the video below step by step. If you prefer written instructions, these can be found below.
1. Get a (cheap) cross-cut shredder.
2. Install Digital Shredder software.
3. Securely erase all devices before you sell them or throw them away.
4. Erase or archive your email.
a. I recommend the Fellowes Powershred M-8C 8 Sheet Cross Cut Personal Shredder (£41.99).
b. Keep an A4 plastic envelope near where you open your mail and file anything that needs to be shredded in there.
c. When the wallet is full (every 2 - 3 months) shred the contents.
d. You don’t need to shred absolutely everything that comes through your letterbox (unless you love confetti!). Shred things with the following on;
a. Moving things into our ‘Trash’ or ‘Recycling Bin’ does not actually delete anything. It simply marks it for deletion. It might not be deleted for months!
Therefore, on your main PC/laptop install a program which will securely shred sensitive data for you.
a. You might be surprised to hear that cyber criminals buy old laptops and iPhones just to sell your personal data on the black market. We therefore must erase everything before we throw it away or sell it.
Please Note: when securely erasing a device, you may want to back-up the device before you begin and ensure your device remains plugged in to the power at all times.
b. Annually check that you’re not over-retaining personal data, for example;
a. Bulk select all emails older than 12 or 24 months and delete them from both your inbox and your deleted items.
b. If you are afraid you might need them (e.g. HMRC tax investigations requires 7 years retention) then archive them first before you delete them from your inbox;