Days 6/7 : Wiping data

A few years ago I asked my facebook friends what method they recommended for wiping data off a pile of old hard drives I had collected out of various old computers. The response with the most votes was "drill a hole through them". So when Laura's mum asked me to wipe the data off her old computer, well the words "power-drill" and "educational experience" just leapt straight to mind...

In the end, everyone had a go at drilling holes in Grandma's hard drive - while wearing some kind of eye protection of course. We did also have a conversation about what data was, and how abstract things like bank details, passwords and photos could be stored on a shiny metal disk and why it's important to wipe data before disposing of a computer. Bet that's not on the national curriculum in England or France...

IT security can be fun

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