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The option of renting technology is really handy when you can’t afford to purchase the devices you need or when you only need to use it short term. But, how much thought have you given to what happens to the personal information you may have transferred to any PCs, laptops, tablets or mobile phones when you no longer have them?
Unless you’ve signed a “rent to own” agreement with the rental company you’re using, it’s inevitable that the rental computer and any other rented equipment needs to be returned. We’re here to help you plan ahead and safeguard your data.
2 Ways to Clear Data From Your Rented Computer
It’s more necessary now than ever before to protect your personal information. This becomes even more crucial when you’re using a system that needs to be returned to a company where an unlimited number of people will have access to your information.
Think of everything you do on your rented device; banking and online shopping being the most risky. Not to mention the personal photos or work documents you might have loaded onto the device while you’re using it.
Here are two important things you need to do to clear your personal data from a device before returning it to the rental agency.
Transfer Data to Cloud
If you’re not familiar with data storage, one of the most common platforms being used currently is Cloud. The advantage of this platform is your capacity to access it from any device.
To simplify, the process is as follows:
– Register with a cloud storage platform such as One Drive, iCloud, pCloud or Google Drive.
– Upload documents and information. Information is password protected.
– Information can be accessed from any device by downloading the app of the platform you’ve selected.
Platforms are available in paid and free options. Double check which platforms suit your specific data needs.
Often people who don’t want to use cloud based storage platforms use external hard drives. It’s very easy to transfer your files by simply using a USB cable. However, the next time you need to access your files, you’ll need to connect the drive to a laptop or desktop computer.
Is it Possible to Erase Information Permanently?
Experts suggest using privacy safeguarding software. BitRaser File Eraser is an example of software that permanently erases private information, login information, application traces and any store files or folders. Check with your rental agency if they have software to perform this function.
Despite the measures you take to clear your information from your rented computer, it’s advisable to change passwords of all applications and accounts accessed on that device. Don’t make it easy for cyber criminals to obtain your information.
Cyber-crime is a very real concern in a world where so much of your personal information is online. Take the time to secure your information on any rented devices. By doing that you’ll be able to enjoy your renting process without any hassles!