Electronics Aren’t Safe in the Garbage

Tuesday, February 9, 2021 9:57 pm, Posted by Absolute Destruction

It’s reasonable for non-tech experts living in a digital age to wonder if the technology they use poses risks. After all, there have been so many high-profile data breaches suffered by companies and even political parties. If it happened to them, it could happen to you.

Ensuring your sensitive data remains confidential can be tricky since it can be compromised in different ways. Digital privacy is one thing — you should definitely take steps to prevent yourself from getting hacked!

But you also need to be careful with the physical device itself. Throwing out your electronics into the garbage is a risky proposition. Don’t think that just because you’re not connected to the internet, discarding physical data is safe.

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If a competitor or an identity thief wanted to access your sensitive data, checking the garbage outside your premises could yield as much as hacking your computer system. Don’t think it’s far-fetched: it has happened before, and it will again. Ultimately, the goal of an identity thief or corporate saboteur is to learn your secrets — whether they obtain them by a sophisticated hack or non-digital means is irrelevant.

If you throw out an electronic device storing reams of sensitive data, a business rival can easily retrieve it and browse through all your sensitive material. When you use commercial data destruction services by industry leaders like Absolute Destruction, we’ll pulverize the microchips on the device.

Destroying the microchips makes it impossible for anybody to retrieve the information once stored on the device.

Have you ever thrown a file into your computer’s “trash” and then retrieved it after realizing you need the file again? Just like the digital file in the digital trash hasn’t really vanished, in real life, the data stored on the device isn’t safe when it’s in the garbage bin.

Call Absolute Destruction for document destruction in Toronto and the GTA if you have old electronic devices. Shredding the internal storage components is the only safe way to know the data they once carried is gone for good and is a major aspect of keeping your business safe from a data breach.


Not only is throwing electronics into the garbage a data-breach risk, but it’s also unfriendly to the environment. Electronics often contain toxic components that need to be recycled very carefully.

You wouldn’t simply throw batteries into the garbage because you know they’re hazardous and need special treatment. In the same way, the components inside electronics need to be processed in separate end destinations.

Absolute Destruction is proud of our Green achievements over the years, which includes saving over 18,000 cubic yards of landfill waste and saving over 125,000 trees. Protect yourself from a data breach, and protect the environment, too.

Navigating the modern business landscape requires an action plan to keep yourself secure from data breaches, both digital and non-digital alike. Absolute Destruction specializes in shredding electronic devices to keep you secure and help divert e-waste. Whether you need to stay safe or achieve environmental goals, give us a call, and we’ll be there.

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