The 7 Criteria for Selecting an ITAD Partner

Retired electronic waste (e-waste) is one of the fastest growing environmental and human health threats we face today.

In 2019, the world generated 53.6 million metric tonnes of e-waste, a record high and an increase of more than 20% compared to five years prior, according to the Global E-Waste Monitor.

Improperly discarded e-waste is at a crisis […]

July 21st, 2020|

There’s More to Your Old Electronics Than Meets the Eye

By Marisa Head, Contributing Writer at Cobalt

When I was around 12 years old, I figured out how to take apart computer towers and see what’s going on inside. I’ve always been curious about the inner workings of things, and had access to PCs at school and at home to tinker with. Granted, there’s not much […]

July 10th, 2020|

Recycling Your Business Batteries, Chargers, Cables and Cords

Every electronic device in your business has batteries, chargers or other cables and cords, from laptops to desktop computers, networking equipment to docking stations and power tools to task-specific handheld devices.

What’s more, they tend to wear out faster than the devices they support. Replacing them can become more of a regular chore for your IT […]

April 21st, 2020|

A Phish Story – How To Recognize and Combat Cyberexpeditions

We love a spot of fishing when we can get away for one. But “phishing”? That’s a different matter entirely.

Not that you’d ever confuse the two. One is a relaxing, intermittently exciting and always enjoyable pastime. The other is the work of criminals trying to trick you into voluntarily giving up sensitive data and information […]

April 21st, 2020|

Modem? Router? Switch? What Each Is, What It Does and How to Handle It After Decommissioning

Network equipment is vital to keeping businesses, organizations and families online.

Given how important it is to our everyday lives, it’s useful to have a baseline understanding of what some of the terms mean, the hardware they refer to, their functions and what to do with them when they’re outdated or no longer function properly.

The most […]

April 21st, 2020|

5 Major Data Breaches and What Businesses Can Learn From Them

Every convenience comes at a cost, and in the case of an Internet-connected and data-dependent business world, one significant cost is the risk of a major data breach.

Recent data breaches have come from many directions and sources. A data breach can be as subtle as hacking into a database to steal a list of email […]

March 23rd, 2020|

What is R2 Certification and Why is it Important?

The electronics recycling and IT asset disposition (ITAD) industry has unfortunately suffered from a few black eyes since its inception. At fault have been a small number of businesses that sought to generate profit from electronics recycling without due diligence as to the environmental, health, safety, and liability risks incurred when processing this material. A […]

March 9th, 2020|

6 Best Practices to Make Your IT Assets More Valuable

There comes a point in every car owner’s life when they must decide whether the costs of repairing and replacing parts on their old car outweigh the benefits of selling it on to a new owner and upgrading to something newer. But would you guess that the same applies to your company’s IT equipment?

Much like […]

February 4th, 2020|

4 Signs Your IT Hardware Has Become Outdated

The pace of advancement in IT can sometimes surge ahead of the pace of business. As a result, companies may find themselves using and relying on equipment – computers, laptops, network switches, and servers, for example – that’s become outdated, practically overnight.

So what? You might ask. Does “latest” always mean “greatest”? Besides, didn’t we just […]

January 21st, 2020|

When a Used Car Comes with Used Data

What do you do when you unexpectedly come across someone else’s personal information? Buying a used car came with an important reminder about where our data goes when we're not looking.
January 20th, 2020|

Cobalt Corporate Headquarters

3110 S. Verity Pkwy
Middletown, OH 45044