What Are E-Waste and Data Destruction and Why Are They Important? Electronic waste or e-waste describes discarded electrical or electronic devices like computer, laptop or even cell phones that are old, unused or obsolete. E-waste is the toxic. Old unused waste electronics are polluting water making it non portable and harming ecosystem around us. It's time to fix the problem. Cyber Crunch is making it easier for the nation to resolve this issue by Cybercrunch recycling and cybercruch hard drive shredding. What should we do or rather not do with our old obsolete electronics? Don't trash them. We should never throw e-waste in the trash! Here is why - When electronics is thrown in trash toxins like lead and mercury gets mixed with the soil and water. The electronic waste problem is huge. Over 20 million tons of e-waste is reported annually. Well, should we then give it away for Re- use? Yes but maybe NO! - Promoting Reuse of the obsolete devices is a good thought, but it comes with its own daunting threat. Reusing or recycling the IT assets is being promoted in many companies, however their planning related to data on those devices has found to be really week. Re–using without planning about the data it contains can lead to Data breach and cyber theft. What is data breach? A data breach is the deliberate or accidental discharge of protected or confidential information to an environment that is not secure. Data are the facts and statistics collected together for reference or analysis. It is the information that has been collected and translated into a form that is efficient for processing a request. Since this is the world of digitization, if we see around, we can find every other person and business stores data of their clients, customers, products and what not. In one-click companies can get access to the details of an individual and in a similar fashion everyone is prone to this theft, as anyone can get hold of your personal data like contacts, pictures, emails, financial details, bank information and more. Nowadays, most organizations irrespective of the domain of their operation store the data in their databases and are prone to ransomware. Ransom ware is a malware that scrambles, and steals, crucial digital files. Hence, it is important to destroy the data if we plan to give it away for Reuse. How can we destroy the data? Personal, Residential or commercial Cyber criminals access personally identifiable information and data and they use it to make profit and cultivate returns. Catching such criminals is difficult. Hence, this has led to a rise in cybercrime across the world. In most of the cases, it’s sheer carelessness that leads to cyber theft. Some of the important things to remember are often forgotten – When selling out your phones laptops or any unused hardware shred or recycles the hard drive. Keep digital data filed and current – purge files regularly. Wipe the hard drives and media devices like pen drives, USBs etc. For commercial, it is even important to take the precautions and let the experts like CyberCrunch help you to destroy the data and manage e-waste for you by shredding and recycling.