What your hard drive can tell ID thieves
Many people believe that when they dispose of their old computer, the files they've erased from the hard drive are gone forever. Wrong. We bought a handful of drives on eBay and tried to recover old files by running simple and inexpensive software that anyone can obtain and use.
Here's what we found: a Microsoft Word tax document that included annual salary information; Quicken files filled with income and expense data; a MySpace account name and password; e-mail from Outlook Express; love letters; photographs; and lists of favorite Web sites.
At Consumer Reports.
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