A basic privacy measure that is often overlooked is the proper destruction of personal information on your computers hard drive.
It's a scary trend that has innocent people like you falling victim to identity theft.
Unfortunately, you can't just place your sensitive files in the recycle bin and then empty it. This doesn't completely delete the files. It just hides them until they're overwritten, and anyone with the right tools can recover them.
So what does this mean for you when selling, or giving away old computer? we talked with local police who say that's fine, but you don't want to give away your personal information along with it.
"Your social security number, any accounts you manager, any website you may have visited will always be on that computer. It is recoverable.
Unless that hard drive is decommissioned in same effect." Sgt. John Murphy, Fairmont Police Department Staff Services
So while most methods of data wiping a hard drive can be useful for most of us. If you're worried about using them, there is one other option. Take it out, and smash it to pieces.