It’s that time of the year again to start fresh (plus it’s the end of tax season). Businesses and residents feel an itch to clean, organize, and get rid of old things that are taking up space. Dated invoices, tax documents, and receipts are just a few things you stash away safely to get dispose securely later.  Businesses have even more files that need to be destroyed properly to be compliant so we’ve decided to give our neighbors an extra push to get things done quickly and securely. 3 things you can take advantage of this month.

Spring Clean Document Shredding Promotion- Free On-Site Paper Shredding   Spring Clean Document Shredding Promotion - 1st Month of Ongoing Document Shredding Free

  1. Spring Clean Event  – Free Paper Shredding  Shred Day
    • Commerce Residents only.
    • Saturday, April 20, 2013  – 9am-2pm
    • Veterans Park, 6364 Zindell Ave., Commerce, CA 90040
    • You can also bring E-Waste  (TVs, VCRs, DVD Players, Computer Monitors) courtesy of eWaste Center.
    • Other accepted items include green waste, furniture, washer/dryers and more…
  2. Spring Clean Document Shredding Promotion – 1st Month of Ongoing Document Shredding Free
    • Commerce Businesses only
    • Sign-up by April 30th, 2013
    • Lockable security bins provided and serviced  weekly, bi-weekly, or monthly.
  3. Tax Season Promotion –  1st Month of Ongoing Shredding Free
    • Welcome to businesses in Los Angeles.
    • Sign up by April 15th, 2013.
    • Lockable security bins provided and serviced  weekly, bi-weekly, or monthly.

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Recycling 1 ton of paper saves 17 mature trees

 

We are starting one of our largest document shredding projects ever!  SAFESHRED will be shredding away 350,000 boxes over the course of a 3-4 months.  That’s about 6500 tons of paper (13 million pounds)!  So according to EPA calculations we can save…

  • 110,500 mature trees
  • 2,470,000 gallons of oil
  • 21,450 cubic yards of landfill space
  • 26,000,000 kilowatts of energy (sustains 3250 American homes for a year)
  • 45,500,000 gallons of water (sustains 415 American homes for a year)

We are very excited to see this project through and looking at these numbers makes us proud about what we can do to help keep our earth green.

Want to learn more about some great recycling facts?   http://www.recycling-revolution.com/recycling-facts.html

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Shredding is an easy, straight-forward, and low cost method for destroying information.

  • It reduces records storage and handling costs.
  • It reduces environmental
  • It reduces waste in our landfills

Shredding is Easy – Hire a Certified Company

  • Using a shredding service you save employees time. They can focus on their jobs instead of the growing pile of shredding. The problem is even more acute when professionals waste their time doing the work of a clerk. Having a secure bin and routine service
  • You can’t get any safer and greener with a AAA certified company like SAFESHRED. If it is off-site shredding or mobile shredding at your location, everything is handled professionally with top security measures in place.

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If you are a home owner or own a business/organization then you are at risk for having your private information compromised. You need to be aware of who wants your information and understand why document destruction and paper shredding is recommended. Who Wants Your Information?

  • Criminals who commit crimes like identity theft, credit card fraud, and check fraud.
  • Competitors seeking to gain trade secrets like customer lists, marketing plans, and financial information.
  • Investigators who seek to sensationalize, expose, and humiliate organizations.
  • Disgruntled employees who seek to destroy the foundations of the businesses success.

How You Can Protect Your Organization Shredding documents and destroying electronic media effectively removes the myriad of information from being accessed by the wrong people. Shredding Documents is the Law The number of laws requiring businesses to protect personal information has exploded since the introduction of the Federal Privacy Act in 1974. The 1988 ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court in California vs Greenwood that affirmed the right to “dumpster dive”. was a catalyst to the proliferation of laws which made it a necessity for every individual and business to shred their paper. HIPAA and FACTA have further defined the need to shred documents. The federal laws along with a score of state ones require all private information from employees and customers to be destroyed prior to disposal.

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Hard Drive Destruction, Data Destruction, Media Destruction, Destroy Hard Drives

 

Now that your business has a paper shredding program in place to destroy confidential documents and private information, you’re wondering what you should be doing about the private information that still sits on your old computer hard drive.

There are three popular ways to destroy information on hard drives that we’ll tell you about in this post.

• Software erasure

There are a number of software programs available that claim to follow Federal Compliance regulations. There are those programs that are free and some that are available for a cost.A downfall to using such programs however is that it can take a significant amount of time to use this method. Erasing a 40 GB hard drive alone could take up to three hours of your company’s valuable time.

•  Degaussing

Degaussing is the process of sticking a very strong magnet next to the hard drive so it no longer holds any data. It eliminates all the time it takes to erase the drive but a tool to perform the degaussing is cost prohibitive for the average office.

•  Physical Hard Drive Destruction

According to the National Institute of Standards and Technology, “Destruction of media is the ultimate form of sanitization.” The only way to absolutely and forever ensure data is no longer available is to have it shredded. Software erasure and degaussing won’t completely guarantee you have destroyed the data as well as drilling or smashing. While using the drill and smash method will make the hard drive inoperable, the data could still be accessed by someone with the right forensic skills to delve into your private information.

When you are looking for a solution to destroying your hard drives, having a professional company such as SAFESHRED securely destroy your hardware would be the best option. Hard Drive destruction guarantees that your private information will never fall into the wrong hands.

Call SAFESHRED today at 1-800-987-4733 or visit us at our website at http://www.safeshred.com/

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Every Friday the City of Commerce and the Commerce Industrial Council (CIC) conducts their Business Outreach Program by visiting companies whose business will have long-term impact on our local economy and region.

City of Commerce, Commerce Industrial Council, CIC, Cerritos College,Charter Communications, Rivera Insurance Brokerage, Safeshred, document shredding, data destruction services

Today, we gave them a tour of SAFESHRED‘s facility and talked about how we do our document shredding, data destruction, and paper recycling.   We also discussed some of the resources available that can help businesses stay focused on their work.  In addition to our special guests, members from Charter Communications, Cerritos College, and Riviera Insurance Brokerage also participated in this program.  It was a very exciting day today, having a great opportunity to showcase what we do. In fact, it’s nice to toot your own horn sometimes, especially when it’s something you’re great at.

Special thanks to the guests and Eddie Tafoya, the CIC Chamber Executive Director who leads this wonderful program.

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SAFESHRED empowers businesses to be more diligent about protecting their company and clients’ sensitive information for 2013. 

Through cost-effective and substantial means, we endeavor to work closely with businesses to consult and set up a document shredding program that would include free training for companies that would need it.

SAFESHRED has a shredding program for every size of business and budget – no matter what your paper shredding and product destruction needs are.  We offer a variety of products and services to encourage and enable businesses to take make their conscious New Year’s resolution become a reality.  Here are two simple ways you can get started with your New Year’s plan of action:

Plan to Make a Plan

Visit the SAFESHRED site.    We can help assess your shredding needs and conduct a site visit (review the available frequency, suggestions for policy, estimates, and basic education on how you can protect your documents).

Consider the NAID Customer Employee Information Destruction Program

As members of the National Association of Information Destruction (NAID), SAFESHREDcan provide information destruction training for your employees.

Become aware of how easy it is to make a plan and follow through with it. Protect your documents and products from getting into the wrong hands in 2013.

 

 

 

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Our wallets and purses are day-today essentials for life – we carry everything we may possibly need, along with much of what we don’t. We tend to thoughtlessly stuff receipts, bank slips and other bits of information into our wallets and purses until we can sort through them “later,” which may not happen for days, or ever! This habit can lead to disaster. A stolen wallet or purse is the number one most common means of identity theft, so it behooves us to re-think the ways we use them.

Here are 5 things that you should remove from your wallet or purse – right now – to minimize the risk of identity theft.

  1. Your social security card. By far, this is the one single worst thing to carry around with you. It has everything thieves need to open new credit accounts in your name, and even set up loans and major purchases like cars and homes. Retirees: Medicare cards have Social Security numbers on them, too – so leave them at home.
  2. Spare Keys. A wallet usually contains your driver license, with your address on it. When you add a spare key to your wallet, which is then found by thieves, you are handing an engraved invitation to criminals to pay an unexpected visit.
  3. Checks of any kind. Obviously you shouldn’t be carrying around blank checks, but filled-out checks can be washed and used by someone else. Plus the routing numbers allow thieves to electronically transfer funds to anywhere they choose.
  4. Receipts of any kind. While businesses are no longer permitted to print more than the last 5 digits of your credit card number or expiration date on receipts, there are still bits of information identity thieves can use to search out the remaining numbers. Make a habit of clearing out receipts daily and shred the ones you don’t need.
  5. A list of passwords. These days most people have at least seven passwords and PIN numbers, and it starts to get challenging to remember them all. If you must write them down, do not carry them with you – and if possible, you should place your list in a safe.

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Traveling for the holidays?

We’re accustomed to traveler worries like pick pocketing and the loss of personal items. But identity theft has potentially far more disastrous consequences than losing cash or jewelry. Before you take off, review this checklist to make sure you’re safe from identity theft while you’re on the road.

  • Don’t pack More Than You Need. Take only essential credit cards and identity cards with you, and leave everything else at home. This includes laptops, iPads, smartphones and other electronics that store personal information. This also helps when you’re away from your hotel room, since you’ll be able to carry the essentials with you.
  • Be Careful When Banking. When getting cash in new locations, use ATMs located within a bank branch if possible. Card readers are becoming increasingly common, which thieves install in ATMs to capture your account and PIN numbers. Cover the keypad at all times to prevent others from seeing your PIN codes.
  • Be Careful When Logging onto a Computer. If you’re using an internet café or public computer, make sure you’re on a well-protected one with updated security software – not from a free Wi-Fi hotspot. And never auto-save your information on computers, especially public computers.
  • Use Credit Cards Instead of Debit Cards. Just as you can do at home, use credit cards when traveling, since you can easily dispute a charge if a problem arises.
  • Freeze Your Credit Temporarily. If you have the financial flexibility to do so, and you don’t plan on opening any new credit lines in the near future, you can put a temporary freeze on your credit. This requires additional verification for someone trying to fraudulently open an account in your name. You may also set up a Fraud Alert on your credit before traveling, which expires in 90 days and doesn’t cost anything.

Finally: Don’t forget to review all your home security measures before traveling as well, since home burglaries increase dramatically during holiday periods.

For more tips on preventing identity theft, you can check out 7 Things You Can Do To Protect Yourself from Identity Theft

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According to recent government reports, almost 12 million adults in the U.S were victims of identity theft last year. These crimes ranged in seriousness from unauthorized use of a credit card number, all the way to using stolen identities to buy a car or rent a home. Here are some basic steps you should take to protect your identity and your finances.

Protect your Social Security number. This is the most important thing you can do to prevent identity theft. Don’t carry your Social Security card in your wallet or purse, and never give out your Social Security number to anyone who calls or emails with a request for your personal information.

Protect the passwords you use on your computer. Make sure your computer passwords are protected and unique. Try to use at least eight characters containing a minimum of one upper case, one lower case, one numeral and one special character, such as # or ?. Be sure to password-protect your smartphone, too.

Go over your credit reports regularly. Visit www.annualcreditreport.com for a credit report from each of the three major reporting agencies, Equifax, Transunion, and Experian. Review them to see if there is any suspicious activity. You may receive one free report from each agency every year.

Don’t just throw away trash, shred it. Shred documents and applications containing personal information before you throw them away. Tip: You can remove your name from unsolicited credit and insurance offers at www.optoutprescreen.com.  Be aware that home or office shredders aren’t secure enough, since the information can be put back together easily.  (Even old uniforms need to be shredded, since they have potential to be misused.)The best way to be safe is to use a secure paper shredding service.  If you are in the Los Angeles area, call SAFESHRED for a free consultation.

If you suspect ID theft, respond immediately. You may monitor how your credit cards are being used by visiting the cards’ websites. You can also set a notification for purchases that go over a certain ampunt. Any time your card charged over that amount, you’ll be notified by email or text. Most credit cards don’t charge for this service, which adds an additional layer of protection.

Think about other ways to pay. If you have a debit card with a Visa or MasterCard logo on it, there should be no liability for fraud charges, the same way a credit card is protected. But while you have thirty days in which to report unauthorized use of a credit card, with debit cards that window is only two days. If you don’t like using credit cards, use cash instead. You’ll be guaranteed against credit or debit card fraud, and spend less, too.

You may freeze your credit. A credit freeze will stop anyone from setting up a new line of credit in your name. If you don’t have any major purchases coming up  and don’t plan to apply for other cards, freezing your credit is an option. And when necessary, you can “thaw” your credit again for a small fee – and re-freeze it when you’re ready.

An additional avenue would be to have your credit monitored  with a service like creditkarma.com, which provides a Transunion credit score for no charge. It’s also a useful site for looking at your accounts and learning how to better your credit score.

For more information about identity theft and what to do if you are a victim, call the Federal Trade Commission at (877) 438-4338 or go to  www.ftc.gov/bcp/menus/consumer/data.shtm.

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