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How IT Chain of Custody Defends Your Data & Devices

By now, it’s easy to take for granted that everything is tracked: every purchase, every click, every message sent and received. You can track your food delivery driver from the restaurant to your door, and track a package along its entire shipping route, practically in real time.

If you’ve ever lost a package you were expecting […]

September 24th, 2020|

5 (More) Data Breaches and What Businesses Can Learn From Them

The “winner” in business is often the company that controls the most data about customers, prospective customers, vendors and partners. Leaked information can be used to target those people more accurately for marketing and learn more about them for service improvements. Unfortunately, leaked data also can compromise your service to customers, your relationships with vendors […]

September 17th, 2020|

It’s Not the Gold That Makes Your Old Electronics Valuable. So What Is It?

You have outdated or out-of-service IT equipment that’s ready to be disposed of, and you’ve also heard there’s gold, silver and other precious metals in electronics. So does that mean you’re sitting on a “goldmine” of potential revenue?

Not necessarily. While it’s true that there are precious metals in electronics, the economic value has not proved […]

August 18th, 2020|

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|

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4 Signs Your IT Hardware Has Become Outdated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using and relying on equipment – computers, laptops, network switches, and servers, for example – that’s become outdated, practically overnight.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|

How Do Outdated Electronics Get Repurposed?

Deciding the fate of outdated, decommissioned electronics also means deciding the fate of any data they may store. The IT asset disposition process requires security from start to finish to ensure that your company’s data is safe & secure.

At Cobalt, all steps of the process are completed on-site by our experienced team.

Cobalt’s process for collection, […]

November 20th, 2019|

Recycle or Refurbish: The Best Retirement Plan For Your Electronics

When it’s time to upgrade, it’s important to select the safest & most beneficial retirement plan for your outdated IT assets. Every organization has different needs for their old electronics, so it’s important to choose a vendor who can meet those needs and keep your data safe.

At Cobalt, there are two options for retired assets: […]

November 20th, 2019|

What is ITAD?

ITAD stands for Information Technology Asset Disposition. The goal of ITAD is to recycle or refurbish retired technology in a secure way, protecting your company’s data in the process. 

 
Why is ITAD Important?
Some companies may ship your decommissioned electronics elsewhere to be recycled or refurbished- where they aren’t in control of the security. Without secure sanitization […]

November 8th, 2019|

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