Very few businesses or individuals employ the back-up tape — not to be confused with the mixed tape — in virtual data archiving anymore. Shredding back-up tapes is still an important way to protect data for many. Back-up tapes were used for years to store archives of computer information; you could back up an entire hard drive to a few tapes. Tapes were kept off site or in secure storage in case computers crashed or were destroyed.
Now, it’s the back-up tape’s turn for official and complete destruction.
Why Destroy Back-Up Tapes?
The longer you keep back-up tapes, the more you put your data at risk. Information that is no longer necessary creates that risk without any benefit. You can’t simply throw away back-up tapes and call it a day. The information is still on the tape; it can be accessed by hackers who are not above searching trash cans and dumpsters for criminal fodder. Shredding back-up tapes is one of the best ways to keep information out of such hands.
Why Opt for Shredding Back-Up Tapes?
Some individuals want to sell back-up tapes on secondary markets or recycle tapes for environmental reasons. Even though you can erase the tapes using software and other means, trace amounts of data could remain on the tapes. Some of the data could be recovered by hackers with the right e-skills and technology.
Shredding back-up tapes destroys the mechanism, making data recovery impossible. In some cases the shredded tape material can be recycled, so you get the benefits of both security and environmentalism. Other things you can shred that house data include microfiche, computer hard drives, and flash drives.
Do you have old tapes hanging around? Many businesses still use this old-school technology to keep archival information. Is shredding back-up tapes on your to-do list?