Secure Data Erasure: How To Permanently Delete Data Without Recovery? Is Factory Reset Really Work and Safe?

Secure Data Erasure: How To Permanently Delete Data Without Recovery? Is Factory Reset Really Work and Safe? 7

An online society has played more important role in our daily life. Most of people and businesses have used more office supplies and communication tools such as computer, notebook, smartphone and tablet to facilitate in communication, exchange of information and online transactions.

Important data are created and kept in these equipment whether it be names, addresses, phone numbers, photos, as well as other personal information That could create damages to the data owner if it’s a leak of those information.

The main reasons are from deleting and destroying these devices in a wrong way whether it be being sold to shops, keeping the device for a long time until thinking that it can’t be opened anymore, and clearing it by using a factory reset.

In any of these methods, nothing is guaranteed or makes you ensure that the information will be secure, won’t be leaked or can’t be recovered again.

What are the NIST 800-88 Guidelines?

One of the most widely used data sanitization standards by many authorities and organizations is “NIST 800-88” or “National Institute of Standards and Technology”. It is a U.S. government document that provides methodical guidance when it comes to erasing data from electronic storage media. The goal is to effectively sanitize media so that any and all data is irretrievable once the data or data storage device reaches end-of-life.

NIST 800-88 is widely known for its data sanitization categories of Clear, Purge and Destroy. And, it can be used with various types of electronic devices.

The objective is to be guidelines in managing a wide range of storage media, which is not only limited to government agencies or big organizations. And, for this reason, various agencies including private companies adhere to  these guidelines to deal with the security management of information in the equipment after use or until its end-of-life  such as computers, notebooks, HDDs, smartphones, tablets, tapes, USB, and many other storage devices.

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