- Password Protection
- Avoid sharing of passwords with anyone.
- Don't reply to any pop-up message that requests you to provide personal information
- Never respond to any unsolicited e-mail
- Back Up Data Onto a Portable Drive
- Deactivate Your Software
- Destroy Your Drive
- Have a Copy of the Operating System to Reinstall
- Erase Your Data from the Hard Drive
- Reformat the Hard Drive
- Reinstall the Operating System
So it’s the term end for your PC, laptop, tablet or smartphone. Before letting it go, be sure to follow this quick check list to prepare your device for its new owner. If you don’t follow these steps, you may lose important personal data or you may have your personal data at risk of being recovered by the device’s new owner.
- Back Up Your Personal Data
Although this part is obvious, but it is important anyway. If you’re selling your gadgets to a new owner, you should back up your important personal data and take it with you. If you’re already backing up your important personal data, you should know where the data you care about is on your computer and should already have backup copies. Backing up of data can be done in many ways, such as: Local Backups: It’s important to create local backups to an external drive or another PC because this is the quickest way to create backups. Online Backups: There are a number of paid online backup services and there are also some file sync services like Dropbox that provide backup type of capability. System Image Backups: Rather than simply backing up files, you can create a complete backup of your system that can be restored over top of your system. The only problem with creating these backups is that they require a real lot of drive space. The best way is to create an image, and then you can use it to easily restore everything rather than reinstalling everything manually. Now, in case of Android phone or tablet, the data is backed up by Google. Most of the data on your mobile device is likely synchronized with online services, so it will be available after you wipe the device.
- Wipe the Drive
If your laptop or desktop computer has a traditional magnetic hard drive, it’s possible for people to recover the data from the hard drive even after you reformat it and reinstall the operating system. This is because reinstalling the operating system won’t erase every sector of the disk. If you’d like to erase every sector of the disk, you’d want to use a tool like BITRASER before reinstalling Windows on your computer. This tool wipes your entire drive and will erase any manufacturer recovery partition found on it.
- Reinstall the Operating System or Factory Reset
Once the drive is properly and the personal files have been recovered, you should to set it back to its factory default state before passing it on to its new owner. Note: In case, after performing all these procedures, still traces of your personal and confidential data persist, use BitRaser that is the perfect tool for data erasure as this one of the most secured data erasure applications that will erase all kinds of unwanted files from various storage device thereafter removing all the chances of data recovery.
- Safe Data Erasure
- Instantaneous Erasure from Multiple Devices
- Available in Bootable USB drive
- Reliable Erasure Algorithm
- Generate Erasure Certificate for Audit Trails
- Run your system, it will show you the first screen.
- Now, to enter into system BIOS you need to press a key (This is a unique for an individual manufacturer)
- Next, you need to choose the 'Boot' tab in BIOS.
- Under the Hard Drive Order section of Boot tab, verify some of the settings - under the Hard Drive Order section check 'Feitian StoreR4S' option and under CD/DVD ROM Drive Order, check'No Removable Drive' option.
- Click on Exit BIOS and save your changes.
- Restart the machine, after successfully connected the BitRaser USB drive to the system.
- Now, your machine is ready to boot from the connected BitRaser USB drive.
- Run BitRaser. The Erasure tab (which is selected by default) will list all the attached storage devices.
- Select storage devices you want to wipe by marking the check box before every storage device.
- From “Advanced Option” section, select any one of the following wiping algorithms: Zeroes, Pseudo-random, Pseudo-random & Zeroes, Random Random Zero, US Department of Defense, DoD 5220.22-M, US Department of Defense, DoD 5200.22-M (ECE), US Department of Defense, DoD 5200.28-STD, Russian Standard - GOST-R-50739-95, B.Schneier's algorithm, German Standard, VSITRY, Peter Gutmann, US Army AR 380-19, North Atlantic Treaty Organization-NATO Standard, US Air Force,AFSSI-5020, Pfitzner algorithm, Canadian RCMP TSSIT OPS-II, British HMG IS5.
- Next from Advanced Option section, select any one of the verification methods:
Random Verification- Random verification of the storage device is done after the wiping operation, that is, randomly selected sectors of the storage device are verified after wiping operation.
Total Verification- Total verification verifies all the sectors of the storage device after the wiping operation is completed.
- Click “Erase” to start wiping the storage device.