Whether you are an independent contractor or an IT manager, COVID-19 has created quite a few new IT hardware problems for you to contend with. Thankfully, the most important ones have real and immediate solutions.
If you are an independent contractor, you are no stranger to working from home and being responsible for your IT equipment. In the age of COVID-19, however, there has been a dramatic increase in computer and peripheral usage - especially if you have kids at home working on their own tablets or Chromebooks, using your scanner and printer, or spilling juice on your new MacBook Pro. Working from home presents new challenges for your IT hardware. Whereas before you could call Roy or Maurice from the IT department to come take away your Macbook Pro or your X1 Carbon, now the responsibility of recycling and destroying data falls to you. IT managers are facing similar problems with their own equipment as well as that of hundreds and thousands of employees and contractors now working remotely.
As if managing IT assets was not challenging enough before, IT managers are now having to support an exponentially increasing number of remote workers. Whereas before they had direct access to your company's workstations, laptops and thin-clients, now those assets are in people's homes, but in no less need of service.
Unfortunately, coronavirus has also helped bring out more online scammers, hackers, and computer viruses (as if we didn't have enough), making the way you dispose of your old or damaged equipment more important than ever.
The good news is that there are solutions and resources in place to help you. As an individual you may not have thought of R2 certified ITAD (IT Asset Disposition) vendors before, but now these companies are an invaluable resource for you. For experienced IT managers, especially data center managers, R2 recyclers are well known vendors. The same on-site data destruction or equipment recycling services you are used to are now available for you and your employees working from home. Leading R2 recyclers have programs in place where they ship you a prelabeled box into which you put your computer or peripheral, and send it directly to them.
With printers, scanners, and monitors there is not much to think about. However, with PCs or Macs there is stored data to consider. No matter how much you wipe and format at home, those intent on recovering data - will. This is where the R2 ITAD vendor comes into play. As these companies constantly take away old IT assets from companies and data centers, they are required to not only permanently destroy the data on all hard drives they take in, but also provide a certificate of data sanitization. The same service will be extended to you as an individual, not only to ensure your own piece of mind, but to have a record in case any of your employers or accounts ask for it.