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Date: 25/01/2016

Titania CEO, Ian Whiting has met headteacher Neil Morris of Christopher Whitehead Language College where the cyber security company has donated 15 computers to the school’s new resource area within the Science department.

The computers are in great working condition and have been refurbished by the Titania tech team.

Mr Whiting has decided to donate the computers as he wanted to give them to a good cause and donating to a secondary school definitely qualified as one. He also spoked about how, being in the technology industry it is a step towards bridging the skills gap: “Inspiring and enabling local young people to choose a career in the industry is good for us too. Hopefully students that find their passion for IT at school will be our employees of the future.”

Allan Statham, System Manager at the college, said that one of the computers has already found a home in the science department. The rest will be made available to those interested in IT and computer science.

Mr Morris said: “We are extremely grateful to Titania for their donation of high specification computers that will be used in our science and computing areas. In the fast, ever-changing world of IT, having the right tools and correct equipment makes a massive difference. These computers will have a significant impact on performance. We are looking forward to a lasting partnership.”

If you are looking to recycle your computers, here’s some advice on how to dispose of your data securely, before donating or selling any used devices:

1. Back up any personal data you might want to keep.

2. Wipe off any data such as documents, photos, films, music emails etc.

3. Delete any browsing histories.

4. Disconnect the PC from the internet and uninstall any programs that can contain personal data. Sometimes Microsoft Office applications can hold details such as name and address. While others have a limited license, for a certain number of computers. Most software companies will have advice on how to unregister licenses on their website.

5. Create an administrator account and use it to delete all other accounts to remove any residual data.

6. The hard drive will still hold an amount of information that can be retrieved with specialist software until it is over-written, preferably multiple times. This can be done with specialist software; either free or paid-for solutions.