Should I wipe the hard drive before giving away my computer?

G. Scott from California

Episode 1494 (1:15:08)

Hard drives

G. Scott is giving his granddaughter his old computer. Should he wipe it or keep an account on it so he can remote access it if needed? Leo says that if he's selling the computer to someone else, he should definitely wipe it using DBAN or even take out the hard drive. But for his daughter, it's a good question. Keeping remote access on it could be a nice thing if she needs his help. Gene could also install open source software like Libre Office, which can work for college. Office 365 would give him five installs, so he could go that way as well.