Why Use A Mac OS X Shredder?
Technically savvy criminals are smarter than at any other time in history. We must do our best to stay one step ahead of them. This is not going to be a paranoid, everyone is out to get you so lock your doors (or in this case your PC) and never go outside article. In today's modern computing environment however it is painfully easy for the typical PC user to protect their sensitive data and avoid the most common types of information theft.
You may be thinking, "if it's so easy why isn't everyone doing it already?" Well, most PC users are exercising some kind of caution with their sensitive data. Firewalls and anti-virus/malware programs being the most common steps users are taking. The same users who are protecting their data while it's in their possession are also the same users who are forgetting about this data once they are done with the PC (or hard disk).
I recently had occasion to replace the single 500GB hard disk that was in the iMac that I purchased in 2007. This iMac had been my information hub for almost three years and the stock hard disk was starting to fail. No problem! I fire up my favorite internet browser, Google Chrome, surf over to my favorite online hardware vendor and order myself a 1TB replacement drive. A few days later I receive my replacement hard disk, install the hard disk into my iMac and restore my Mac OS X install from a time machine backup. I'm back in business and even got a little extra storage space in the end. This is where the story ends for most users but have you ever thought about what is going to happen to the hard disk that you replaced? Toss it? Use it as a paper weight or book end? Treat it like garbage ... it's a failed hard disk right?
If we take a little closer look at this situation we will realize that, like I said above, this hard disk was my information hub for almost three years. Imagine for one second how much personal information was stored on that hard disk over those three years. Now imagine it falls into the hands of someone with a little technical know-how and experience at data recovery. I'll let you digest that for a minute ...
... finished? If you're like me and actually sat there and tried to imagine what kind of information might be recoverable from that hard disk, well lets just say we're on the same page now. I know I promised this wasn't going to be a paranoid security article and you may be asking yourself "who the heck is going to steal a broken hard disk!" and you're right, this may be a fairly uncommon practice. When all is said and done though, no matter how small of a town you live in and no matter how well you know your neighbors, if you leave your doors unlocked eventually someone is going to break in and steal your stuff.