Remote Wipe

Definition – What does Remote Wipe mean?

Remote wipe is a system capability or software solution where an administrator has the ability to remotely delete and destroy data on a device or system. Remote wipe features are often part of comprehensive data security management systems that address data breach issues introduced by bring your own device (BYOD) policies or security gaps in distributed company computing networks.

DriveStrike explains Remote Wipe

Remote wipe mostly is the deleting and destruction of data on a device. Other kinds of data wipes, like an enterprise wipe, imply different data deletion strategies and methods.

When a remote wipe is executed, data deletion is triggered from a remote system endpoint or control panel. Remote wipes can be set up in different ways. The remote wipe can target company specific data or erase all data on a device. In most data breach incidents, the remote wipe is optimized to provide quick and effective solutions to security breaches or other information crises.

Remote wipe is extremely useful when a device or system is being hijacked or an unauthorized access occurs. Many business personnel prefer an alternative, known as a remote lock, where information remains on the device or system but access is prevented. Using remote lock (versus a remote wipe), those in charge of a system do not automatically lose all of their data. Either one of these security features is extremely helpful, when a mobile device is stolen, or when administrators determine that a bad actor is stealing information through a USB flash drive or other resources.

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