Companies that are planning to make a technology donation to charity in the form of computers may want to ensure their data has been cleared from the system before they are given away.
Fortunately, according to Alan Henry of Lifehacker, this process is easier than you may think.
"Getting [old computers] ship-shape for donation is quick and easy - and it won't take much work to ensure all of your data is off of them before you drop them off," he noted.
After all essential data has been backed up, you'll want to ensure you have all the tools in place to securely wipe your hard drives.
You can do this on your own - usually using a boot disc - although some larger companies may choose to dispose of sensitive information by using commercial degaussers to ensure any old units are data-free and recycled appropriately before simply donating the chassis.
Many firms, according to a recent Vanson Bourne and Computer Aid International study, are keen to donate used computers and other old technology, but are concerned about data protection.
Several Australian community groups have benefited from technology donations in recent weeks - including Mount Isa Volunteer Resources.
The North West Star reported that the donations from Xtrata Mount Isa Mines are likely to make work at these community organisations considerably easier.
If your organisation is interested in accessing discounted refurbished computers, visit Donortec - our nonprofit technology donations and discounts program.