2015-10-05

Our Data Disposal is Better Than Yours

Our Data Disposal is Better Than Yours

I work as the "computer guru" at a site that's part of a large world-wide enterprise with (obviously) sites all over the world. One of these sites, in addition to its normal duties, functions as one of the largest e-waste disposal sites in North America. If you drop something into a ReturnIT Center in North Western America, I pretty much guarantee it will end up in this site. This has lead to some very interesting conversations with vendors cold calling advertising their data disposal services:

DisposalVendor: Greetings, I represent ABC company and we offer such secure data disposal methods such as... <I stop listening around this point, and go back to checking my email while they ramble. It's either that, or help $User turn their machine off and on again>

Mkall: Thank you for your offer, but it's unneccessary.

$DisposalVendor: If you're using another company, we can match or beat their quotes....

Mkall: I highly doubt that. We do that all in-house

$DisposalVendor: You are aware of the potential security breaches that could arise from----

Mkall: You don't understand. After we're done, the spent media is literally molten slag. There is no technology known to man that can rebuild and decrypt data from slag.

$DisposalVendor: <Mutters thanks, then quickly hangs up>

Mkall: <Feels smug sense of satisfaction, until that user needs help with turning their computer back on>

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