As January 2020 approaches, Windows 7 is fast approaching its end-of-life. For the legal profession, this is even more critical than for most businesses. It means security updates will no longer be provided for Windows 7 computers, and law firms, court rooms, and attorney’s offices all deal in sensitive data.
Rather than risk a data breach, many legal offices will be retiring older computers and upgrading to the latest version of Windows 10.
The challenge then becomes what to do with all those retired, un-secure, computers. Storing them in a closet or back room is not a good answer, as that exposes them to physical theft. Donating them or giving them away is equally risky, unless your IT service is going to guarantee that all client and case data has been permanently removed.
One practical answer is recycling, but only if your office uses the services of an electronics recycler experienced in confidential and certified data destruction. Protec Recycling in Homewood, AL serves the electronic recycling needs of professionals across Alabama, including corporations, government offices, and medical facilities under HIPAA regulation. We serve the legal profession too.
When it comes to recycling electronics, your exposure is actually more significant than you think. While the computers in your office may come first to mind, the aging multi-function printer you planned to dispose of may have identifying information and even case information stored in its memory. Legally sensitive information may exist on:
As these devices age, break, and reach obsolescence, they can be recycled successfully with Protec recycling.
We handle all the electronic devices your law firm, court room, or attorney’s office may use, from computers and laptops to tablets and phones. We also recycle peripherals like printers and faxes, along with old cables, mice, and connectors.
Certified hard drive and data destruction is provided. Best of all, we keep old electronics out of landfills and work hard to reuse and repurpose all functioning components.
At Protec Recycling, located in Homewood, Alabama, we make it our business to be a part of the solution to electronic waste. We do this by offering our customers environmentally sustainable, cost effective, and confidential disposal of their electronic assets.
Remember, as Windows 7 computers reach their end-of-life at the beginning of 2020, think of Protec Recycling as your safe and secure means of old electronics disposal.
Would you like to work with Protec Recycling? It’s easy, give us a call at 205-549-2120, or visit our Contact Us page today!