Do Not Toss That Hard Drive!
RecoverySoft / October 12, 2018

Christmas has come and gone, and many of you may have gotten a shiny new computer from Santa Claus this year. But before selling or giving away your old computer, you must prepare the hard drive for disposal. That means properly erasing all your files, to ensure that no confidential or sensitive information remains that is easily accessible. Data is almost always at least partially recoverable. Recently an author bought a hard drive on eBay that had been used by a clinic. It had more than 30,000 credit card numbers on it. Drives purchased this way usually contain confidential data. Deleting your files or even reformatting the hard disk is not sufficient. Why? Your hard disk has an index like the table of contents of a book. Say you do not want Chapter 6 anymore, and you delete it. Your PC just marks Chapt. 6 in the Table of Contents as empty. In other words, the area on the disk occupied by Chapt. 6 is now marked as available for other files. But note that nothing else has happened. The actual data forming Chapt. 6 is still there, happy as a clam, in the same place on the disk. Much…

The History Of Data Deduplication
RecoverySoft / August 22, 2018

Data deduplication has been around, at least in its most primitive form, since the 1970’s. It initially started because companies wanted to store large amount of customer contact information without using a large amount of storage space. One of the first ideas was to go through and remove duplicate data. For example, a company might have an address for shipping, and an address for billing to a given customer. In these cases, those identical addresses would be combined into one file. This was done by data entry clerks who would review the data line by line and get rid of duplicates. Of course, the amount of personnel needed to do this was extensive and it took a very long time. Sometimes, the data deduplication process would take months to complete. However, considering that most of this occurred on hard copy, it wasn’t a major problem. The big problems cam along when computer use became widespread in office environments. With computers in wide use and the explosion of the internet, the amount of data available exploded as well. Backup systems were created to ensure that companies would not lose all their data. As time went by, floppy discs and other external…

FAQ About GDPR
RecoverySoft / August 22, 2018

Q: Does the GDPR allow me to send data outside the EU? A: GDPR applies globally, so no matter where your company stores or processes personal data-even within the EU, it must comply with GDPR guidelines. Q: Does GDPR apply to internal sites, such as corporate intranets, as well? A: Yes. Whether you’re storing personal data about consumers or employees you must still abide by GDRP guidelines. Q: What are the GDPR requirements around classifying data? A: GDPR doesn’t explicitly require data classification, but given the rights that it grants to EU citizens, and the requirements of any company storing a citizen’s personal data, classifying data is practically non-negotiable. For example, companies must inform individuals about all of the personal data they have on file, and must get their consent before processing it. Companies must also ensure that they are taking appropriate measures to protect that data, and can only store it for the prescribed purpose and period of time for which an individual gave their consent. So there’s really no feasible way to abide by these requirements and responsibilities without cataloging your data and knowing the location of any personal data that falls under GDPR jurisdiction. Q: Does GDPR…