Identity Thieves Target PCs, Laptops and Stored Data Devices

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<p>(<a href=NewsUSA) – Electronics this year are expected to be among the top-five gifts American consumers will give — ranging from PCs and laptops to iPhones, PDAs and cell phones. This growing affinity for consumer electronics and subsequent reliance on stored data devices to place confidential data — tax returns, client and personnel information, phone numbers, addresses and photos — presents two mounting challenges for the American consumer: identity theft and electronic waste.

nexGren, Inc. (pronounced “nex-green”), a new technology innovation company, recently launched DiskEraser, a consumer product that completely erases data from computer hard drives, making them safe for donation, re-use or recycling. New to the consumer marketplace, DiskEraser’s patented technology — available for both Mac and PC systems — has already been approved, used and proven effective by the U.S. Department of Defense to remove “secure” sensitive information from their end-of-life PCs and laptops.

There are currently more than 100 million computers and laptops stored in offices, attics, basements and garages throughout the U.S. And if these devices don’t have their data properly removed before disposal, identity thieves can use them to find personal information.

“Many people fall under the false assumption that by simply deleting all files or reformatting the hard drive, the computer is free of all important data,” said Dr. Joe Fergus, founder and CEO of nexGren. “However, deleting files isn’t nearly enough. The information remains accessible on the hard drive and can be misused if it falls into the wrong hands.”

Identity thieves often prey upon lost, stolen or abandoned computers. In 2008, more than 10 million Americans experienced identity theft. It can take up to several years to correct the problem. And it reaches far beyond households. The cost to U.S. corporations over the last five years exceeded $60 billion. DiskEraser was developed to help combat this problem.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency cites consumer electronic waste as growing two to three times faster than any other waste stream. Stored data devises are constructed with lead, mercury, cadmium, barium and other compounds that represent hazards to human health and environmental safety if not disposed of appropriately.

nexGren aims to slow that stream of waste by offering a nationwide recycling service, which is a critical part of the company’s overall green initiative. Soon consumers will be able to send their old computers to nexGren for data removal and recycling with peace of mind and the knowledge that they have disposed of their computers in an environmentally responsible way.

If you’re one of the many giving someone a PC or laptop, you should consider giving a second gift — DiskEraser.

For more information, visit www.nexgren.com.

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