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 →

Wondering what to do with your company’s old computers and IT equipment? Worried about the sensitive data that needs to be erased during the process? If so, then you’re probably thinking that all the responsibility of destroying that data is on you. It is, in a way—but you don’t have to do all the work.. read more →

08 Oct 2015
October 8, 2015

Small Office Changes to go Green

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“Going green” has been a movement for the last several years, and we all need to do our part to protect the environment. Companies can generate consumer and client goodwill by joining the movement, but it can be daunting to get started. Here are some simple ways to make your office “greener” and move toward.. read more →

If you run a small business, then you know you face a lot of challenges that larger organizations have moved past. You’re definitely not alone in the struggle: businesses are considered “small” or “medium” until they’ve moved past 500 employees. One of the toughest challenges for small businesses in the digital world is data security… read more →

When you think of widespread illegal activity, your first thought probably doesn’t move to old, broken electronics—also known as e-waste. You might not know that in the United States and globally, there are a host of laws regulating the disposal and recycling of e-waste, and that these laws continue to become stricter each year, in.. read more →