Making sure hard drives are properly disposed of and the information they contain rendered useless has become an issue of prime importance.
Recently, the Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal announced a settlement with Health Net, an insurance firm, over the hard drive that was lost last year.
This one lost hard drive has resulted in Health Net having to pay $250,000 to the State of Connecticut along with implementing new privacy-protection measures.
Included in the terms of the deal is two years of credit monitoring for affected parties, $1 million in ID Theft insurance and reimbursement of any security freeze costs. Health Net is also possible on the hook for $500,000 payable to the state should there be any resulting ID Fraud.
With the stakes so high, I’ve spent countless moments scouring the internet finding videos demonstrating FREE and EFFECTIVE methods for destroying hard drives…
In this video, you will see a few construction workers using a “Core Drill” to bore out the center of a hard drive.
I’m not sure how much a core drill or replacement blades cost but it can’t be too much if someone is willing to goof around and destroy a hard drive with one.
The end result seems to be perfectly adequate destruction of a hard drive…
It would also seem that this method works well if you wanted to violently remove a portion of your foot and that of a co-workers.
For the record, although the hard drive and information on the hard drive seems no longer viable, I do not recommend performing this technique on your own.
The safest method to prevent serious injury to yourself or other humans and to prevent serious damage to public or private property, would be to seek out a professional Hard Drive Destruction Company to destroy your no longer needed hard drives.
Until next time…
Keep Totally Secure,
P.S. Please don’t try what you see on this video. These guys, although a bit irresponsible, do seem to know how to use this equipment.