I am often asked about the best way to dispose of old computers. There are recycling places that take most electronics, and I use these myself for very old and faulty computers. I always remove the hard disk so no personal or company data could fall into the wrong hands. The hard drives I physically destroy.
Any laptop or PC that is still reasonably new and capable of being reused, I reload with Windows after thoroughly overwriting the hard drive. I send these to some organisations that assist people with limited budgets to learn computer skills. They learn how to prepare a CV and get general skills on computers to assist them with finding work.
If you have any unwanted but serviceable (usually five years old or younger) laptops or PCs I would be pleased to forward them on to these reputable organisations.
Please please please be vigilant about receiving calls from people who persuade you to do things on your computer or smartphone. I don’t know all the details yet but one of my clients has lost in excess of $90,000 to someone claiming they were from Spark.
If you get a call from someone claiming to be from Spark, Chorus or a bank, ask for the job reference number. If they give you a number, hang up. Call Spark and confirm the number is correct and relates to you. No reference number or incorrect then it’s a scam. More details to follow when I have them.
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