I saw this story on the local news last night and was quite concerned about a comment made by the spokesperson for the program. The story is about a free electronic recycling program made available by the government.
In theory this is a great idea, but, if you watch the video you will hear the spokesperson tell the citizens that there is no need to wipe the data from their hard drives because they have a guarantee from the federal government that the PRISONERS in Texas will destroy the hard drives.
You have got to be kidding me. Trust the government to destroy the data via prisoners? What if the truck is stolen, what if the transporters are less than trustworthy, what if the guards at that prison happen to need a hard drive… too many variables.
Moral of the story? Always wipe your hard drives securely! I recommend DBAN for a secure wipe.