Hard drives remember everything, bearing witness to late-night online-shopping binges and afternoons spent streaming all 12 sequels to Ernest Goes to Camp. Keep your computer from talking with today's Groupon: for $15, you get in-store destruction of your hard disk at GreenCitizen, with locations in San Francisco, Burlingame, Palo Alto, and Berkeley (a $30 value).
GreenCitizen's security-minded electronics experts safeguard personal information by destroying hard disks with a technique trusted by the Department of Defense. Even when completely wiped of data, defunct drives can still be mined for sensitive information, so destruction is the only way to safely prevent bank records, online passwords, and social security numbers from ending up in a great-aunt's cheeky email forwards. Technicians begin the disk obliteration by carefully cataloging the serial number to track any illegal future use. After staff members surrender it to the hungering jaws of a government-standard crushing device, a certified hard-disk destroyer finally shreds the drive's sensitive digital remains. Afterward, clients receive a certificate displaying the disk's serial number and proof of destruction, which they are free to file in personal records or display above workstations as fair warning to mouthy new computers.
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