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Jan 2019

Seven Ways to Keep Your Data Secure

The holiday season has come and gone. Consumers have started 2019 with new tech, making it a great time to secure your digital devices. Technology is like a briefcase with all your most personal papers you wouldn’t want to lose. However, research shows that security is not top of mind for most consumers. There were over 600 million data breaches in 2018 alone, with hackers attacking a computer every 39 seconds. It’s important for consumers to take precautions in order to keep their data safe. While total and comprehensive security will never exist, we’ve outlined seven steps below for you to secure your data…

  1. Keep software up to date:

You know that pesky pop up message telling you to update your software? It’s tempting to choose the “remind me later” option but keeping your software up to date is critical to security. It’s harder for hackers to get into your devices if your software has the latest upgrades for the operating systems installed. Select auto-update on both your mobile devices and computers whenever possible. For software that doesn’t update automatically, make it a habit to regularly check for and apply available updates.


  1. Use AntiVirus Software:

Using specific software programs to protect your data will keep your device and data much more secure. Software programs can scan malicious websites and detect malware. Two well-known AntiVirus software brands are McAfee and Norton. With a quick search online, there are many other options available for purchase. If/when you decide to shop around, review how the software will help with the specific devices you use, then choose a plan that is best for your needs.


  1. Be Cautious:

Before browsing or clicking a link to a website, be cautious and inspect the link. If you received an unsolicited email that is supposedly from the bank asking you to verify your information, you could be a target of a phishing attack, even if the link in the email looks legitimate. Always go to your bank’s website by entering their web address. About 92% of malware is delivered by email. Web addresses should start with “https” to ensure there is a secure connection between your computer and the site. Websites that only have “http” in the address are not encrypted and therefore your personal information could be intercepted. Also, beware of public or non-secured Wi-Fi hotspots. Some public Wi-Fi hotspots can put your information at risk of being exposed to malware that is on someone else’s device, which in turn can infect yours. This is an example of when having AntiVirus software and/or up-to-date malware protection comes in useful.


  1. Create Strong Passwords:

Creating strong passwords may seem like a daunting task. However, using an identical password across all your accounts is unsafe. Similarly, several passwords that are short simple words or include numbers related to your life are too easy to guess. Key aspects to a strong password are length (the longer the better), a mix of upper and lowercase letters, numbers, symbols, no ties to your personal information, and no dictionary words. There are many apps to store your passwords securely. Don’t write them down but do use a password manager as an additional online security tool. Also, common elements among your passwords paired with specific site indicators can help you remember your passwords. For example, Pwrd4Acct-FB uses “FB” for Facebook and can switch to something like $$ for your bank account.


  1. Back Up Your Data:

You can back up your data using cloud storage services such as iCloud, Google Drive, OneDrive, or Dropbox. Cloud storage offers end-to-end encryption of your data keeping it safe, along with free storage space, and additional space for a low fee. Other ways to back up your data include downloading your files onto an external hard drive or putting it on a USB flash drive. You may want to use a cloud service and a secondary back up method for ultimate safety. This way if one fails, you’ll still have a backup.


  1. Check Privacy Settings:

Choosing to share the least amount of data will help protect your information. Most apps offer privacy settings for users making it possible to choose what information and how much is being shared. Staysafeonline.org is an educational site with a mission to empower users at home, work, and school, to keep their sensitive information safe and secure online. Check out their extensive list of links to update your privacy settings on popular devices and online services.


  1. Delete Old Accounts:

In today’s world, social networks as well as other online services come and go every day. If you are no longer using an account, it should be deleted. A network can have a wealth of your personal information and if the service disappears, they can take your information with them and sell it as an asset.


At Sunnking we take data security very seriously and so should you. The consequences associated to your data be stolen are detrimental. By following these tips, you can ramp up data security for yourself, and avoid the serious and unfortunate outcomes of a data breach. If you have any additional comments or questions, ask away in the comment section below or call us at 585-637-2282.


Jan 2019

National Clean Off Your Desk Day Should Include Your Desktop!

While it’s National Clean Off Your Desk Day, it’s also a great idea to clean your electronics! Many desks have computers anyways, so be sure not to overlook e-dusting and organization and check out our tips on the subject below…


Electronic Screens:

  • Can be cleaned with good ol’ H20.
  •  Use damp paper towel for smudges from pesky fingers or a dry cloth to get that dirt off its shoulder.
    • WARNING: DO NOT use any products with ammonia in them. Even some ammonia free products say “do not use for screens”. Double check because harsh chemicals will eat up your screens!
  • Sunnking uses the glass cleaner in the image below as well as water.

Computer or Mac towers and keyboards:

  • Talk about your e-dust collector! Air compressors are great to blast away the dust bunnies and dirt from hard-to-reach areas.
  • Dust bunny build up can cause a fire or static electricity can fry the board.


  • Are there unwanted marker marks on your device? Make them magically disappear with a magic eraser!
  •  Have unwanted sticky adhesive from some sort of sticker on your device? We’ve found that the orange air freshener pictured above does the trick!



Organizing cables and such:

  • Say goodbye to the days of following a cable from plug to device to figure out what it’s for and say hello to cable labels!
    • Search online and a plethora of options are at your fingertips.
  • Use labeled storage drawers for different types of cables, or even different kinds of batteries.
  • Velcro strips or twist ties are great for keeping cables wrapped up.
  • Make a charging station that hides cables and electronics.
  • Repurpose shoe boxes to store cables.
  • Tack wires under your table or use wire mold to hide them.
  • Searching online will provide options for different organizational products available to purchase or DIY projects.
    • Pinterest is your best friend for ideas!


CRT computer monitors and televisions:

  • Pick a certified e-recycler that’s saving the planet by visiting sustainableelectronics.org/recyclers.
    •  Can be used for all other electronics too.
  • CRTs have leaded glass among other toxic waste. The process to extract the lead is expensive so you may have to pay a small fee to recycle these.
    *Note: Always choose a certified recycler. You’ll be a hero because certifications indicate the recycler has safe methods to protect their employees, the environment, and data security. Toxic waste in electronics will seep into the ground when they are put into a landfill, which can damage the environment and cause terrible health problems for residents.


  • We all got ‘em and all the toxic waste that comes with ‘em!
  • These can be brought to a battery recycler. Search online for options in your area.
    • Around the Rochester, NY, area (where Sunnking is headquartered) there is Batteries Plus in Henrietta.
    • The site batterysolutions.com/store can be used to get rid of your batteries too!

Smoke and carbon monoxide detectors:

  • Can have radioactive material and batteries in them.
  • The best bet is to ship yours back to the manufacturer.
  • There may be a hazardous waste drop-off site in your area that accepts smoke detectors. You can find out by doing a quick search online.

Cleaning lists can have a lot of to-do items so don’t overlook your gadgets! Whether you need to get rid of unwanted electronics or clean current ones, these options may provide some solutions for the win! Sunnking has residential electronic collection events in the upstate N.Y.  area throughout the year. You can view the schedule by clicking below! Have more e-recycling questions? Feel free to give us a ring anytime at 585-637-8365!

Jan 2019

The Electronics Recycling Industry and the Internet of Things

By Adam Shine, Vice President of Sunnking

The world around us is increasingly connected and reliant on technology. Any device connected to the internet is a part of the Internet of Things (IoT). Examples of these devices range from refrigerators to light bulbs. Currently, there are about 11 billion IoT devices with estimates that by 2020 there will be over 20 billion connected devices. The IoT creates valuable opportunities for consumers and businesses alike, but also poses new challenges. Electronics recyclers must learn and adjust their processes to accommodate the multitude of new devices that come in all shapes and sizes.

With advancements in technology, recyclers could start to receive new types of equipment they have never processed before like autonomous vehicles and new items like laundry folding machines. Everything from cell phones, coffee makers, washing machines, headphones, lamps, and almost anything else you can imagine is online. Devices that did not previously have semiconductors, such as jewelry or wearables, now do, and have shorter life cycles because they are often designed to fail once the battery dies as it is challenging to design products with replaceable batteries without disrupting the performance. Shortened life of products paired with the acceleration of new IoT items leads to a mountain of material. In the next four to five years, the industry will see the material come in droves. The United Nations found that people generated 44.7 million metric tons of e-waste globally in 2016, with expectations to grow to 52.2 million metric tons by 2021.

The breadth of different items processors must learn how to recycle will create many challenges. Automation becomes increasingly important in order to expand throughput, generate cleaner streams, and ultimately break down new tech. Autonomous processing equipment is unlikely to grow at same rate of IoT devices, but it will be necessary for recyclers like Sunnking to discover more efficient and sophisticated ways to handle the variety of electronics. While some manual processing will continue to be necessary, a more skilled workforce may also be required, such as engineers, to find complex solutions on how to demanufacture new devices into components.

Along with recyclers learning new processing methods, consumers and businesses will need to become more knowledgeable as they acquire an increasing amount of smart electronic products that eventually need to be disposed of. It’s just starting to become common place for people to know it’s illegal to throw away computers and TVs. They’ll need to choose certified recyclers, like Sunnking which is R2/RIOS certified, who protect data being stored in their network of products. Electronics recycling certifications were developed to protect the environment, employees, and data. Processors that don’t invest in necessary certifications could end up being pushed out of the industry or forced to be certified as people learn about and demand responsible recycling.

To ensure the health and safety of our environment, everyone has a due diligence to think about how products are being made, what we purchase, and what happens when a product reaches end-of-life. The impact that the rapid growth of the IoT and e-waste will have needs to be confronted with responsible manufacturing and recycling. Sunnking will continue to learn and adjust our recycling operations in the best way possible so we are positioned well for what the future will bring.

As I write this I’m on a plane headed to the Consumer Electronics show in Las Vegas to see the latest IoT devices!  Whether we’re ready for it or not there will be everything from connected toothbrushes to autonomous vehicles and we have a responsibility to make sure we are ready to properly recycle these items when they reach their end of life.

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