Tomorrow is my last day at Corillian/CheckFree and I like to keep things tidy and ethical (that means I'm not going to toast or format my hard drive on purpose.)
As you likely do as well, I had a number of "Assets" listed under my name at this company. That means Laptops, Desktops, Monitors, etc. For the ones that are strictly development and have only dev tools and mostly-fresh operating systems on them, I just made sure that everyone had passwords and access.
However, I did have a personal laptop, and these things tend to get reused in my experience at companies. Here's the checklist I used to get ready to leave.
All this assumes that you're turning in your hardware and your IT department either:
a. might not toast/re-image your system immediately b . they'll stick it on a shelf and get to it whenever c. you're paranoid.
Just because you're paranoid doesn't mean they're not after you.
Remember that if you're a Domain User, someone can, and likely will, log in as you later after you've left. Every byte in your hard drive is theirs (and always has been). So, tidy up.
It's the end of an era for me. This is only my third job, as I have stayed everywhere I've worked for at least 5, usually 7 years. I got a little misty-eyed when I clicked "Forget me" in Messenger. I'm nervous, a little scared even, but there's a whole new world waiting for me and my little family starting in September. I hope it doesn't suck.
I'm scared! Hold me, blogosphere, hold me! ;)
Scott Hanselman is a former professor, former Chief Architect in finance, now speaker, consultant, father, diabetic, and Microsoft employee. I am a failed stand-up comic, a cornrower, and a book author.
CIPHER /WC:\CIPHER /WD:\ (etc.)
"When I start a new job, I'd hate to think that I'm getting some person's "sloppy seconds" PC. Not everyone (and by that I mean "nobody") is as meticulous as you are. Fresh images, please!"
Disclaimer: The opinions expressed herein are my own personal opinions and do not represent my employer's view in any way.