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Comment: My 2 Cents (Score 2, Interesting) 157

by sendro (#29087305) Attached to: 88% of Electronics Exports Reused, Not Dumped
I have seen the EOL recycling process first hand - I have been out to the warehouses and purchased networking & server equipment. It is great that we can recycle this stuff. The issue here is 88% of your "secure data" will end up back on the market exported to India. Do you trust these people with your data - every server I have purchased from these recycling companies has still had your valuable data on it. If you are a company sending your old IT stock to these places.. sure you have agreements to wipe your data; but does it actually happen??? No! The techs at these places have no idea how to format a SAN array or server drives.. now your data is shipped overseas and in the hands of the worst possible people you could imagine. It makes me sick to the stomach as a Linux Administrator.. but its true. If any corporations read this; I suggest you get an insider to purchase from where you dump your equipment and you will find all your data still on the disks.. what is the point of have network security when this happens? ... there is no point at all. I swear this is the shocking truth about the recycling business; and you people wonder how all these people get your personal details.. it is good recycling - but companies should take it in their hands to ensure the data is destroyed. Drill a hole through each drive then let them take your ex lease equipment away.
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+ - assettmate.com - recover lost or stolen laptops

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sendro
sendro writes "We have developed a database to track your personal assets. why not use it first before your asset gets stolen. We hope you like it; its completely free and designed for the community.

http://www.assettmate.com/ is a new database enabling people to enter details of assets they have purchased, whether new or second hand. This means that in the event of theft or loss of their precious item, the asset can be tracked by means of the serial number. By logging on to the database you can enter all relevant details of your asset, including photographs, so that you have a record for insurance and warranty purposes. Should you wish to sell the item, you have all relevant details at hand.

The process is simple: when you purchase an item you will be given a serial number for the goods purchased. Enter the details on http://assettmate.com/ and any other particulars that are useful to know, such as date of purchase and vendor's details. You will no longer need a filing cabinet full of messy paperwork and at last you will feel organised and secure, knowing details of your precious possessions are safely stored. http://www.assettmate.com/ is free for all users."

Comment: This is the least of our problems (Score 3, Informative) 180

by sendro (#28035729) Attached to: Hard Drive With Clinton-Era Data Missing From Nat'l Archives
I have seen first hand the decommissioning processes for IT equipment. If companies and the general public had any ideas what happens to "your secure data" you would just be shocked and amazed. Your valuable data is put in a container and shipped over seas to various countries which basically pay per the KG. Your network may be secure, but once decommissioned your data is basically available to anyone.
The Matrix

+ - Sick of thieves ->

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Melbourne Engineer
Melbourne Engineer writes "Dear Slashdot, we made this website because our glorious office got robbed and they pinched 6 of our new Apples. Since we are IT and Engineering uba-nerds we made Assettmate to stop it happening to other people. It is based on serial numbers, since everything has a serial number. Most serial numbers are electronically stored in the BIOS/Eprom on electronic devices, so it makes sense to register them. It is a non profit, non business and it for the better good of humanity. Here is the URL for those interested, www.assettmate.com"
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+ - SPAM: New asset database targets world wide audience.

Submitted by sendro
sendro (1548069) writes "Assettmate.com is a new database enabling people to enter details of assets they have purchased, whether new or second hand. This means that in the event of theft or loss of their precious item, the asset can be tracked by means of the serial number. By logging on to the database you can enter all relevant details of your asset, including photographs, so that you have a record for insurance and warranty purposes. Should you wish to sell the item, you have all relevant details at hand.

The process is simple: when you purchase an item you will be given a serial number for the goods purchased. Enter the details on [spam URL stripped] and any other particulars that are useful to know, such as date of purchase and vendor's details. You will no longer need a filing cabinet full of messy paperwork and at last you will feel organised and secure, knowing details of your precious possessions are safely stored. Assettmate.com is free for all users."

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