On a visit to the local coffee shop I saw a Blackberry and a jacket left unattended. A ripe opportunity for theft. It reminded me of reading in Canadian Lawyer, April 2008 about data security. Breach of data is also heightened with the popularity of thumb drives and Blackberries. A Toronto company called DataXile Corporation specializes in data destruction services. Hard drives are not recyclable because they become obsolete so fast, and are more problematic to upgrade. DataXile will demagnetize or wipe the hard drives then drill a hole into the case. It can take about four hours to wipe 100 drives. I recently got a new computer after 9 years and we took out the hard drive and destroyed it separately, if you are a do-it-yourself type.
As for Blackberries, an IT services technician can use a remote access feature from the network server to disable stolen or lost devices. If someone tried to turn it on next, then it would wipe itself clean of data. As for that coffee-drinking Blackberry user, it is probably a good idea to keep your device close to you or else it will likely be stolen and causing headaches.
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