There are a lot of people who even in this day and age tread on the careless side when it comes to their information security. A few misplaced documents here and there, too many details posted on social media, or allowing phone apps too much permission can all lead you towards an unfortunate time. While sometimes it seems like the information being given away, or in some cases discarded, is so small or so minor that it seems insignificant, it is often the case that a malevolent purpose can be found for it.

Imagine that you have a minor careless tendency with various documents you receive in the mail, be they regular letters, bills, tax returns, etc. Over time you end up throwing in the trash the odd letter here and there, or the odd envelop that has some kind of information about you on it. Your name, a phone number, address, even details about your health. A dedicated person could over time pick up and gather this information, until such a time where they have enough to pose as you, or to rack up bills in your name, or receive treatments from hospitals that gets logged into your records.

These will all eventually lead to problems for you down the road. Huge bills that will come due suddenly or receiving medical recommendations based in information that is not from you will shock and seriously harm you. These are also very hard to disconnect from you and years of hardships can lay ahead of you. In other words: take your information privacy seriously.

What You Can Do

One of the biggest and easiest paths you can take when it comes to protecting yourself from information theft is to shred all papers that may contain any kind of sensitive information. While it is tempting to go out and pick up a home office shredder in order to take care of business yourself, it is strongly advised you avoid these machines. While they initially seem like a good idea to save time and money, they can often end up costing you more of both. They neither have a shred pattern that is sufficient to prevent the reconstruction of shredded documents, nor the endurance to handle a large quantity of shredding over the long term. When they burn out you’ll end up with an expensive paper weight, and if documents are reconstructed you’ll end up with even bigger problems.

Your best course of action is to seek out professional document shredding services from a company like SAFESHRED. Our shredding services are certified to be in compliance with state and federal privacy regulations, and we offer the best in document destruction options. Either get shredding at home, off site, or enjoy a shred event to raise awareness in your community on the dangers of identity theft.

When it comes to records that must be kept for a period, it is important to store them properly. Many of us have a tendency to store these records poorly, either kept in a desk drawer or maybe in a folder in an old shoe box up on a shelf somewhere. The best option you can choose is to use a secure bin or console. These make a convenient and secure place to store sensitive records until they are ready for shredding. If for some reason these bins still aren’t what you’re looking for, you must at least choose some form of locking storage to prevent people from just taking records as they please.

All of this will help you to keep yourself safe from information theft. If you’re convinced about professional shredding, get in touch with us and we’ll come take care of your needs.

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Advantages of On-Site Paper Shredding

On October 1st, 2018, posted in: SAFESHRED News by

Which shredding service is best when you need secure documents shredded? Did you weigh the various options and find yourself leaning towards a mobile option? If so then you are about to pick the most popular shredding option your shredding company of choice offers. If you need some convincing as to why it is so popular, then read on.

Watching the Entire Shred Process

People are rightfully careful with their files, and often times are uncomfortable with having to hand records over to an unknown person for shredding. It takes a lot of trust, and sometimes they will worry about what exactly has become of their files. For some that level of trust is a bit too much, and they will choose instead to hold on to files or try shredding records themselves. This can lead to an entire other host of problems.

When you choose an onsite shredding option, these issues get addressed. A mobile shred truck comes right to your location to carry out the shredding; everything is done right in front of you from start to finish. In addition to seeing your records being loaded into the truck, there is an internal camera installed so you can watch the papers being shredded on the external monitor. This has to be the best way to reassure our clients’ peace of mind, and gain their trust, which allows us to meet our commitments to fighting against information theft.

Easy To Get, Easy To Do

It probably doesn’t need to be spelled out, but having the option for a service to come to your location at a time of your choosing is extremely convenient. By not having to worry about locating your nearest shred facility, pack up, and haul old files out to it, you’ll save yourself time and effort. Minimal effort, maximum results is the best way to get rid of unwanted documents.

This service also makes it possible for us to offer scheduled shredding services for clients who need consistent shredding performed often. It’s impractical for an organization to handle the disposal of mass records regularly themselves but hauling them out to a facility can be challenging as well. Getting it taken care of for you offers the best combination of security and minimal interruption to your work flow.

Get Shredding

If you’re convinced about the benefits of on-site shredding, reach out to us and schedule a day and time for service.

Call: 1-800-987-4733


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