Safe Computer Disposal​​​

​Personal computers that you no longer need should be disposed of with great care. If you have accessed University systems or data you need to be certain that all traces are removed before you dispose of it.

The Risks

  • The personal information stored in files on your computer can be accessed and used for criminal activity.
  • Any passwords stored on your computer could give access to secure websites holding your personal and financial information.
  • Any browsing history stored on your computer can be accessed.
  • emails stored on your computer can be accessed.
  • Disposing of your computer without having retrieved the information you may need in the future may cause inconvenience or disruption. 

 Safe Disposal

  • Fully erase the hard disks so that any personal information is completely deleted. Simply deleting files is not enough to permanently erase them. Instead, use a dedicated file deletion program or service, or physically destroy the hard drive to render it unusable. Whilst we can't do this for you, please contact us for advice.
  • Ensure that any CDs or DVDs which contain your data are removed from the computer. 
  • Don’t forget that your CDs, DVDs, memory cards, USB sticks and other USB connected devices may also contain your sensitive data and should be disposed of with equal care.
  • If the computer equipment is at the end of its life and you do not intend to sell it or give it away, take it to a proper disposal facility, which will ensure that is dismantled and the components recycled correctly and responsibly.


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