As we get savvier about how vulnerable company data is on old IT equipment, the less-reputable electronics recyclers will have to struggle to keep their business. They’ll offer all kinds of “certifications”, but if it’s not backed up by regulations and best practices, these certifications aren’t worth the paper they’re written on. Literally. Apto Solutions.. read more →

We’re Awful at E-waste Recycling The rumors are true: we’re doing a terrible job as a nation at recycling our old electronics. Just 12% of our e-waste ends up in certified recycling facilities, according to the UN’s 2014 report. We’re not alone in this (unfortunately), as globally, many countries fare even worse—with Australia reporting just.. read more →

If you’re like most people, then you sometimes replace devices when they’re still in good working condition. It’s true that some people (and companies) work their equipment to the breaking point and finally upgrade, but it’s far more common to upgrade before a device has become completely obsolete. So what do you do with a.. read more →

21 Oct 2015
October 21, 2015

What are Data Brokers?

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We all know by this point that every time we make a move on the Internet, it’s being tracked somewhere. That’s unsettling enough for most of us. But what’s more unsettling than this is the idea of your personal information being used as a valuable commodity by companies known as “data brokers”. You may have.. read more →

On the surface, electronics look harmless—but there’s a lot buried beneath the shiny cases and modern logos—and a lot of it is metal. Electronics require many different components to be able to function, and these components are often made of various metals. While some of these metals are precious and worth salvaging, others are harmful.. read more →