BBB offers two data destruction events

464612641The Better Business Bureau of Southern Colorado will host two free data destruction events  to help ensure private information remains secure after used computer components are destroyed.

The bureau teamed up with these local BBB-accredited businesses: Champion Windows, BlueStar Recyclers, KRDO News Channel 13 and American Furniture Warehouse.

The events will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Feb. 21 and 9 a.m. to noon, Feb. 22, at Champion Windows, 4610 N. Chestnut Street.

Industry experts say data destruction is as important as data storage. Often, business owners and individuals don’t properly discard their data, leaving them vulnerable to data theft. If not properly destroyed, personal information, bank account details, GPS coordinates, popular destinations, photos, videos and  more are available to identity thieves.

“This is a great opportunity for the BBB to work with its community to reduce scammers’

opportunities to steal personal and financial information while providing peace of mind to those that participate,” Matt Barrett, CEO of the BBB, said in a news release.

BlueStar Recyclers will manage logistics by removing and destroying hard disk drives on personal or business computers. Donations will be accepted–all proceeds will benefit the BBB Foundation High School Scholarship Program, with donations matched by American Furniture Warehouse.