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[January 10, 2013]

Online reaction to the Echo's top stories ; What they're saying on TiG [Gloucestershire Echo (England)]

(Gloucestershire Echo (England) Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) The story: USED computers and laptops, along with other gadgets and gismos, are soon to be rebuilt and sent all the way from Cheltenham to school children in East Africa, thanks to a charity drive.

Comments: WHILE not wanting to knock the good work being done by this charity, there is no way I'm donating my old soon-to-be- discarded PC to them, or anybody else for that matter. I've deleted everything off it I can, but simply do not believe or trust that all existing personal information can or will be removed before the computer is handed over to somebody else to use, whether that be just around the corner from me or in Africa. I'll be removing and destroying the hard disk myself, and the rest of the computer will then go in the appropriate skip at the recycling centre. I'm not prepared to take the risk, and then have no way of tracing who has dug my information out of a supposedly re-formatted drive. No thanks. Matt1006 WHAT is it about this subject that brings out the worst in people There are tools out there that will securely and irrevocably wipe clean a hard drive. Look into it.

Don't let your misguided sense of paranoia stop you from donating to this cause that really does help people in significant ways.

Herecomesbod WHAT have you got on your hard drive that you are really worried about people getting their hands on You shouldn't keep any sensitive data on your hard drive as its more likely to be compromised by trojan viruses in your own home than African school children learning about Microsoft Office.

And yes, deleting the file doesn't actually wipe it, but the process of overwriting with random data, wiping, repeating multiple times does. This is what IT Schools for Africa does. InspectorGade I see the Ludites from The Square Earth Society have been let out! raidermanuk (c) 2013 ProQuest Information and Learning Company; All Rights Reserved.

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