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How to Digitally Erase All Your Stuff When You Quit Your Job

Between the cheesy sendoff and the after-work drinks, you have to do something very important: back up all your stuff and securely clear off your computer

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It’s your last day at your job. There will be tears! Between the cheesy sendoff at the morning meeting and the after-work happy hour, you have to do something very important: back up all your stuff and securely clear your computer. Be smart about it with these steps.

Back It Up

Before wiping out your computer entirely, make sure to backup anything important. PDFs, photos, your resume, anything dear to your heart.

If it’s just a handful of digital files you’re copying, use a USB stick. They’re cheap, they fit right into your pocket, and the storage capacity is usually 2GB or 4GB at least. Another option for lightweight tasks is a storage service like Google DriveDropbox, or OneDrive. Just make sure you’re using a personal account and not one tied to your old job. If you have more than just a few gigabytes of data, an external hard drive would be better.

It must be said, but make sure whatever you’re saving is your own work, and that it doesn’t contain any confidential information that’s valuable to your company. That will get you into trouble.

You won’t have access to your company’s email server when you leave. If there are important emails or contacts you need to keep possession of, forward them to your personal email.

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