3 Cybersecurity Predictions for 2021

On January 21st, 2021, posted in: SAFESHRED News by

2021 is finally here after a trying year that many were eager to end. Last year threw us many unusual and unexpected challenges. Many of us began working from home, which led to an increase in online security breaches.

With many still planning on working remotely over the next year, it is estimated that 55% of enterprise executives plan on increasing their cybersecurity budgets in 2021. As such, let’s take a look at some cybersecurity predictions for 2021.

 

Increased Efforts To Protect Those Working From Home

Last year saw many employees working from home to comply with stay-at-home orders to reduce the spread of Covid-19. For some, this was their first time working remotely, which left them vulnerable to various cyberattacks. Cybercriminals took advantage of this by launching phishing and ransomware attacks aimed at poking holes in employees’ home security.

This year, many businesses have switched to allowing employees to work from home permanently or for the interim. Making sure your employees have proper security while working remotely is important. Using good quality security software, avoiding suspicious emails and links are some steps to protect yourself and your employees from cyberattacks while working remotely.

 

Enhanced Cybersecurity Efforts in The Healthcare Industry

The four hardest-hit areas for data breaches include the healthcare industry, finances, technology, and public and social sectors.

Last year proved how truly essential our frontline healthcare workers are. With the pandemic at the forefront of everyone’s minds, the healthcare industry took a hit. The healthcare industry faced a brunt of the weight last year for the obvious reasons, but also in terms of data breaches. Last year alone, cyberattacks on health care facilities affected 17.3 million Americans. Releasing personal records on the dark web is more profitable for hackers, which led to an increase in healthcare-related attacks.

We also know that cybercriminals usually target those who are vulnerable. With many of us feeling a great deal of fear, Covid-19 related scams surfaced, like at home “testing kits” and fake vaccines. Protecting medical records will be a focus this year.

 

Small Businesses Will Step-Up Their Cybersecurity Practices

Small and medium businesses are often targeted by data breaches for believing that they are immune to attacks. Interestingly, at the beginning of last year, 43% of businesses with 50 or fewer employees did not have any cybersecurity measures in place. Now, things have shifted with the onset of the pandemic and more employees working from home.

It is estimated that cybersecurity spending in small and medium businesses will grow 10% globally over the next few years, reaching $80 billion by 2024. This will help mitigate the loss of revenue and failed businesses due to cyberattacks.

 

The First Place To Start? Physical Document Destruction

Physical document destruction is your first line of defense when protecting yourself and your business. Preventing identity theft and data breaches involve formulating habits to protect yourself both online and offline. SafeShred can help keep your habits in check with document shredding.

To find out more about what we offer, give us a call at 1-800-987-4733 or send us a message online.

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As Christmas draws near and New Year’s Eve fast approaches, this time of year is when people often reflect on the year they’ve had. Now is the time of year when children are on their best behavior, for fear of making Santa Claus’ naughty list. However, we can’t only point fingers at misbehaving children. Adults, too, behave in ways they shouldn’t.

Let’s take cybersecurity, for example. In the first half of 2019, data breaches exposed 4.1 billion records. Additionally, only 5% of companies’ folders are properly protected, on average, so cybersecurity is still an ongoing concern. With more and more people working from home over the past year, protecting yourself and those around you from data breaches are increasingly important.

While Santa Claus may not be monitoring people’s cybersecurity habits, we’d like to think that, if he did, he’d have a list of criteria for what would put someone on the “naughty list” in terms of their computer use. Let’s take a look at some cybersecurity habits that would put you on Santa’s naughty list.

1. You Never Change Your Password, or You Use “1234” As Old Faithful

Using weak passwords (and the same one across all of your accounts) tops Santa’s naughty list. There are so many of us out there who never change our password, use the same one across all accounts, or use weak passwords. It’s understandable why we do it. We have so much to remember on a daily basis that it’s no wonder we want an easy password that we enter without a second thought.

The problem is that if a hacker is able to get into one of your accounts, hacking into all of your other accounts is easy. If the worst were to happen and one of your accounts was hacked, you could find some relief in the fact that the rest of your accounts wouldn’t be compromised. Use varied, strong passwords to protect yourself and use a Password Manager if you tend to be forgetful.

2. You Click On Every Email/Link You Get Sent

We receive many emails on a daily basis, some that are legitimate and others that are suspicious. “Phishing” scams are cyberattacks designed to coerce the user to click on the link, which infects the user’s computer. Phishing scams can look like a representative from the person’s bank requesting financial information or even a coworker requesting passwords to an account.

One way of identifying whether the link is legitimate is by paying close attention to the wording of the email. Often, there is poor grammar and spelling, along with generic messaging like “Hello,” or “Dear Customer.” Before clicking on any links, validate that the source is legitimate.

3. You Don’t Use Antivirus Protection

Using good quality antivirus software is an excellent way of protecting your devices. Invest in a high-quality anti-virus and firewall for your system, as well as spyware and malware protection. Also, always make sure you update it frequently!

4. You Neglect To Shred Your Documents

Physical document destruction is one of the first lines of defence in protecting yourself online and offline.

Safeshred has been offering various document destruction services for over twenty years! To find out more, send us a message online.

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Are You Shredding These 4 Documents?

On November 30th, 2020, posted in: SAFESHRED News by

Many of us are still working from home or have begun to adjust to the complexities of working at an office during a pandemic.

Even though there is an added level of difficulty these days when going about day-to-day life, there is one thing that should remain consistent: shredding your documents.

This blog is going to serve as a reminder that document destruction is still important because there are still people out there who want to take advantage of vulnerable individuals. As such, we know that you have probably had to switch up your routine and document destruction may not be top of mind at this time, which is why we’re going to revisit some of the documents that should be shredded but are often thrown away.

1. The Mail You Throw Out

This one may surprise you. We often receive credit card offers or other forms of junk in the mail and think little of it, throwing it away without a second glance. Realistically, junk mail should be shredded due to the personal nature of it. It usually includes personal identifying information (PII) like your name, address, and a credit offer. Someone with malicious intent could take out a line of credit in your name and begin spending money. You should be shredding your junk mail. Alternatively, here in the United States, you can choose to opt-out of junk mail or pre-screened offers through the Federal Trade Commission’s unsolicited mail page.

2. Shipping Labels On Packaging

As we head into the holiday season, a lot of us will be ordering gifts online. When we receive a package in the mail, it’s understandable that we eagerly open it and throw away the packaging it came in. Before you do this, check to make sure you’re not throwing away any PII. On packing, sometimes you will find a plastic pouch with a receipt in it or an order form or confirmation. Before recycling the box, check to make sure none of these items are left in there.

3. Old Photos and IDs

If you’ve recently got your driver’s license renewed (or any IDs for that matter), don’t throw your outdated license in the trash. Identity thieves can use old IDs to take out a line of credit in your name. Even when you are going through old photos and you want to throw out duplicates, those should be shredded as well. When it comes to shredding your documents, you can never be too careful.

4. Dated Travel Documents

Even though many of us aren’t traveling much these days, perhaps you’ve kept old boarding passes or travel itineraries as a means of holding on to the memories associated with the trip. If you decide to throw these away in the future for any reason, make sure you shred them properly. Travel itineraries and boarding passes can contain personal information, or at the very least, can help fraudsters verify where you’ve been and when they are trying to steal your identity.

Stay Safe With Physical Document Destruction

Safeshred has helped thousands of businesses and people shred their confidential documents. To find out more about our secure shredding services, give us a call or send us a message online.

 

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4 Spooky Identity Theft Stats

On October 27th, 2020, posted in: SAFESHRED News by

October is recognized for many as a month of celebrating all things horror-themed. The temperature drops off and the leaves fall, setting the scene to enjoy horror movies, pumpkin carving, and candy.

Even though this Halloween will be much different than years past, there’s no better time to keep in line with the horror theme and present a topic that is equally as frightening: identity theft.

Every year, thousands of people are affected by identity theft. Let’s take a look at some scary identity theft statistics.

1. Identity scams were the most reported scam in the U.S. in 2019

In 2019, the FTC Consumer Sentinel Data Book revealed that identity fraud accounted for the largest share of fraud reports to the FTC, contributing 20.3% of all reported claims last year.

The FTC also noted that there was a 46% increase in identity theft from 2018-2019.

2. Social media users are at high risk for ID theft

Social media is an excellent tool to maintain connections with friends and family near and far. In this pandemic, it is useful, seeing as socialization is limited and traveling isn’t recommended.

However, there are some risks associated with being an active social media user. One of which, is that it makes you particularly vulnerable to identity theft. Javelin Strategy reported that individuals who are active on social media had a 30% higher risk of being a fraud victim than those who weren’t active.

Social media users are typically targeted due to a lack of privacy settings. Posting publicly about private information (your birthday, your age, where you live, etc) leaves the potential for fraudsters to use your valuable information to their advantage. Review your social media security settings to ensure your profile is only visible to friends and don’t accept requests from those who you don’t know.

3. Children are often victims of identity fraud

It’s unfortunate, but 1 million children were victims of identity theft in 2017 according to Javelin Strategy and Research. In 2019 alone, the FTC reported that 14,000 identity theft victims were under the age of 19.

Typically, identity theft is considered an “adult” problem, but children are often victims because they are a “blank slate” and the crime will often go months without notice. Some tips to combat this include:

  • Keep all of your child’s personal documents out of sight by locking them in a secure location and password-protect your electronics
  • Keep an eye out for red flags. Be wary if there are collection calls, credit card statement,s or jury requests in your child’s name
  • Don’t overshare details and try to avoid sharing your child’s Social Security number unless absolutely necessary

4. Most small businesses store private information that could easily be exposed

Over 30% of small businesses don’t invest in cyber risk mitigation, believing that they aren’t at risk of an attack. The problem is, small businesses are frequently targeted and victims of a data breach. Additionally, 60% of small businesses that are hit with data breaches go out of business within six months of the attack.

Document Destruction: Your First Line of Defense

Securely destroying your confidential documents helps protect you, your coworkers, and clients from a data breach.

Safeshred has been providing secure shredding services for over 20 years.

Contact us today to find out more about the services we offer.

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This year has certainly been a strange one, to say the least.

This global pandemic has, understandably, caused widespread fear and uncertainty. Some have lost their jobs and are having difficulties paying their bills. Going to the grocery store is a hassle and when anyone comes within a few feet of you, you instinctually begin to back away.

Unfortunately, there are people out there who try to take advantage of a person’s vulnerability, which is why scams continue to be an ongoing concern.

Covid-19 scams have been occurring throughout the pandemic and affecting people predominantly online. With more people working from home or staying at home, internet usage has increased.

Protecting yourself online is always important and it’s also important to be aware of the current scams in order to recognize them before you get targeted by them. The Federal Trades Commission says Covid-19 scams have cost Americans over 13 million dollars this year alone. Here are some common Covid-19 scams happening online.

Tech Scams

When you’re working from home and using the internet, you’re bound to run into technical difficulties sooner or later. Many people may feel hesitant to have a stranger in their home over the fear of germs, which may lead them to do a quick Google search of their provider’s tech support line. Unfortunately, scammers are hoping that you do this. To protect yourself, make sure the company’s number you dial is a legitimate number by going on their website directly and looking on their “Contact Us” page.

“Government Issued” Online Covid-19 Tests and Fake Cures

There are many people out there who want to take a test out of fear or worry. Scammers will advertise for a Covid-19 test available to be purchased online. These are fake and should not be purchased. If you have questions about the legitimacy of a product, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) provides updates on available tests.

Also, there are fake products available that are marketed as being the cure for the coronavirus. These are also fake and should not be taken seriously.

Sextortion Scams

With so many turning to video chats and zoom calls, intimacy can be challenging if you are single or you are in a long-distance relationship. Always be mindful of any webcam you own and consider putting some black tape over it when it’s not in use.

In this scam scenario, the victim will receive an email with their password in the subject line. Upon opening the email, the scammer will claim that the victim’s webcam has been compromised and they’ve caught you in a moment of intimacy. They usually demand payment in bitcoin and will threaten to expose you publicly. If this happens to you, don’t meet their demands. Instead, delete the email and change all of your passwords.

Fake Small Business Loan Sites

So many small businesses are struggling to make ends meet right now. Scammers recognize this and understand that the payroll protection program and the economic Injury disaster loan processes can be confusing. Scammers will create fake websites and encourage the applicant to send a “down payment” in exchange for a government loan. The only site you should go to for a government loan is the U.S. Small Business Administration.

Physical Document Destruction: Additional Protection

Protecting yourself from scammers goes beyond protecting yourself online. Physical document destruction is an added means of protecting yourself against dumpster divers and fraudsters.

For more information, give us a call at 1-800-987-4733 or send us a message online.

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If you typically work at an office, you know that paperwork begins to pile up over time. When it gets out of hand, desks become cluttered and messy.

A cluttered workspace is not only concerning from a productivity standpoint; it also poses the concern for a data breach.

The solution? Shredding services. With document destruction, there are a lot of options as to what service to choose. If your business doesn’t produce an abundance of documents on a regular basis, purge shredding services may be right for you.

In this blog, we’re going to outline how purge shredding will benefit your business.

1. Quickly Eliminate Piles of Paperwork

Over the past few months, employees have likely been storing confidential documentation somewhere at home. Hopefully, they have been doing this safely, like storing it away somewhere safe rather than leaving it out in the open. Or worse, throwing it in the trash.

Once your employees make the return to the office, you will accumulate a lot of paper that should be destroyed by a professional shredding company. A one-time purge is an easy, hassle-free method of eliminating numerous confidential documents in a short amount of time.

2. Ensure Your Employees Have a Clutter-Free Workspace

Implementing a clean desk policy is beneficial for your employees for a number of reasons. Firstly, working in a clean, clutter-free workspace has been proven to improve productivity and mental clarity. When you’re returning to the office after working from home, an organized space will help set the tone for a productive, efficient return to work!

Additionally, having a clean desk eliminates the possibility of sensitive information being leaked to non-employees and suffering the effects of a data breach. For those who seek to sabotage your company, a piece of paper containing valuable information is like a piece of candy. Make sure you have lockable bins available for employees to dispose of confidential documentation. Getting in the habit of properly disposing of documents will save you money, time, and stress in the long run!

3. Protect Your Company From a Data Breach

Did you know small businesses are frequently targeted by data breaches? In 2019, 20% of small businesses were hit with a breach and 60% of those businesses had to close within 6 months of experiencing the attack. Shredding your documents, whether it is done as a one-time purge or ongoing services, is your best defense against a data breach. Also, if the worst were to happen and you did experience a breach, trusted document destruction companies provide a Certificate of Destruction to provide proof of compliance.

Choose Safeshred For Your Purge Services

Safeshred offers on-site and off-site shredding services to suit your needs. When you choose us as your preferred document destruction company, you can rest assured that we will securely and confidently destroy your documents.

To find out more about our services, give us a call today at 1-800-987-4733 or send us a message online.

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The Warning Signs of Identity Theft

On August 6th, 2020, posted in: SAFESHRED News by

Millions of Americans have been affected by identity theft. In 2019 alone, the Federal Trade Commission processed 3 million fraud reports, with the most common categories of fraud including imposter scams, debt collection, and identity theft. Within identity theft claims, credit card fraud was most prevalent. Over 167,000 people reported that a fraudulent credit card was opened with their information.

To fight identity theft, early detection is key.

You can stop identity theft in its tracks before things escalate. Here are some warning signs that you may be a victim of identity theft.

1. You’re Missing Mail or Email

Have you been waiting on items in the mail that you haven’t yet received? Or wondering where an email is that was supposed to come through weeks ago? Have you stopped receiving your credit statements? Identity thieves often resort to old school tactics, such as dumpster diving or sifting through your mail. This is why shredding all documents with your name on it is crucial. A residential shredding service is an excellent choice for homeowners who want their documents shredded on-site.

2. Purchases You Didn’t Make Appear on Your Credit Card Statements

This one may be common sense, but it’s important to read through your credit card statements every month to determine if any unknown purchases have been made and report them immediately.

3. Errors on Your Credit Report

When you are about to check your credit score, scan it through to see if there are any discrepancies or anything unusual. Have you been paying your bills every month only to see that your credit score is poor? Are there accounts on there that you never opened?

4. Collection Calls for Debt That Isn’t Yours

If you’ve been receiving phone calls about owing debt, it could be that someone is using your identity to rack up a big bill.

5. Your Cellphone Loses Service

If you have been paying your cell phone bill but you suddenly lose service, this could be an indicator of identity theft. Thieves will often upgrade their phones on your account, which would cause you to lose service. Make sure you reach out to your service provider.

I Think I May Be a Victim of Identity Theft. What Do I Do?

If you notice suspicious activity on your account, call your financial institution right away to notify them and to cancel any existing credit cards. A lot of banks have systems in place to notify you of suspicious activity and block unusual activity from happening.

How Can I Prevent Identity Theft?

Identity theft can happen to anyone but there are steps you can take to prevent it:

  • Monitor your accounts regularly
  • Protect your passwords by using a different one for separate accounts
  • Only carry essential pieces of identification on you in case your wallet gets stolen (and don’t carry around your social insurance card!)
  • Link a separate email account exclusive for your banking
  • Check your credit score at least once a year
  • Don’t throw out anything with your name and personal information on it. Shred instead!

The thought of identity theft is frightening, but there are measures that can be implemented in order to best protect yourself. Shredding your documents is an important step in the right direction.

If you are looking for a professional shredding company who can assist you in identity theft prevention, contact Safeshred today at 1-800-987-4733.

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Choosing the right shredding company is difficult. There’s an abundance of shredding companies out there to choose from that offer various options.

You may be new to the concept of shredding your documents, but choosing a shredding provider is not something you should take lightly.

Shredding companies are your best defense against data breaches and identity theft, which could prevent your business from losing thousands of dollars. It is estimated that data breaches can cost businesses between $36,000 to $50,000 and sometimes even more!

When you’re looking into shredding companies, treat it as though you’re hiring a new employee; you ask questions and interview a few before deciding. This is very much the same process!

But, what to ask a potential shredding company?

First…Do a Bit of Research Yourself

When you’re looking for a business in any capacity, their reputation speaks volumes. What are their reviews like? How long have they been in business? Do they have repeat customers? When you choose a shredding company, you’ll want to ensure they are trustworthy, seeing as they’re handling your sensitive information. And don’t be afraid to reach out to the company and ask them some questions!

Here are a few questions you can ask:

1. Does Your Company Understand All The Shredding Laws?

Shredding your confidential documents is not only for your protection; it’s the law. Federal and state laws dictate that you must shred sensitive information to protect yourself, your business, and your clients. Not only do you have to have an understanding of the laws, but your shredding company should as well.

The shredding company you use should have an understanding of your laws as they pertain to your industry. And, look to see if they’re NAID certified, which means that they meet industry standards for secure destruction.

2. What Are The Policies Towards Recycling And The Environment?

Recycling your papers is imperative. It is estimated that recycling 1 ton of paper saves around 682.5 gallons of oil, 26,500 liters of water, and 17 trees.

Your document destruction company should care about the environment.

Did you know that paper accounts for 25% of landfill waste, and that 50% of a business’s waste is from paper?

Professional shredding companies ensure that all paper is recycled after the job is completed. Some shredding companies also provide safe recycling of e-waste for hard drive destruction.

At Safeshred, we care about the environment. We ensure that 100% of our paper is recycled and use energy-efficient shred trucks. When you work with us, you join our work in helping the environment!

3. Do You Offer Lockable Security Bins?

You may be wondering why this matters, but protecting yourself and your business is a full-time operation, not a one-time fix. In between shredding appointments, you should be storing confidential documents in a lockable, security bin. Many shredding companies offer security bins to accompany their services. Using a lockable bin ensures that your documents are protected until the next shredding appointment!

4. Do You Offer a Certificate of Destruction?

If the worst were to happen and your business got hit with a data breach, you’ll want to ensure that you’re protected. A certificate of destruction is a document that provides proof of your compliance with federal and state shredding laws. Unlike personal office shredders, this can protect you in the event of a data breach.

SafeShred has been providing document destruction services for over 20 years! We serve clients with the highest security requirements and brand standards, including all levels of government agencies, aerospace, medical, legal entertainment, financial and hi-tech industries.

To find out more about our services or policies, give us a call at 1-800-987-4733 or send us a message online. We’re always happy to answer any questions!

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There’s no question that recycling benefits the environment.

And it’s so commonplace these days that you probably don’t even realize you’re doing it. You throw your soda can in the recycling bin and don’t think much about it.

But, every recycled item we put in its proper place helps the environment.

Without recycling, 200 million metric tons of greenhouse gases would pollute our environment each year.

So, what about shredding documents? You may think more about abiding by state and federal laws or protecting your customers, but shredding helps the planet, too.

Let’s take a look at some ways that shredding benefits the environment.

 

Professional Shredding Companies Care About The Environment

Being in the document destruction industry, we deal solely with paper.

As such, recycling paper is an integral part of our process. We make sure that all of the shredded materials are properly recycled. When you choose a paper shredding company like Safeshred, you are ensuring that all material is recycled properly. We guarantee that all 100% of the shredded material is sent to our paper mill partners.

When you choose a document destruction company that cares about the environment, you are doing your part as well.

At Safeshred, we take it a step further. Our lockable security bins are built using low-emissions materials and our mobile shred trucks use less fuel per pound of paper shredded than any other company in the industry.

Here’s how recycling your paper benefits the environment…

Recycling Keeps Paper Out of The Landfill

Paper still accounts for a vast majority of products that end up in the trash.

But when you recycle your paper, you keep it out of the landfill. In 2017, 44.2 million tons of paper and paperboard were recycled and as a whole, we’ve been getting better at recycling our paper. The amount of paper materials that go into the landfill has decreased significantly over the past decade.

Each ton of recycled paper saves 3 cubic yards of landfill space. Recycling paper also reduces the release of carbon emissions, which are created when paper decomposes in the landfill.

It Saves Trees

Recycling a ton of waste paper can save 17 trees!

Safeshred shreds and recycles over 134 million pounds of paper per year, which helps save over 460,000 trees.
More recycling can help with deforestation. Trees emit oxygen by using carbon dioxide, which helps create a balance of gases in the atmosphere.

It Helps Preserve Natural Resources

Producing less new paper helps conserve natural resources (like water and energy) that are used in the manufacturing process. It also reduces using harmful chemicals like sulphur, limestone, and bleach.

 

At Safeshred, We Care About Protecting Our Planet

We care about the environment, as every professional paper company should.

After successfully destroying your confidential documents, Safeshred will bundle the small pieces of paper and send them to a recycling facility. You can rest assured that your documents will be successfully destroyed and properly recycled.

To find out more, send us a message online. We’re ready to help you make the world a cleaner, more secure place.

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These days, most of us are working from home.

For some, this is an everyday luxury, but for others, this is brand new territory.

Cyber attacks happen often, especially with most of us conducting our business and financial matters online. Taking steps to be safe online will help you in the long run, especially if you are now working from home and dealing with confidential client information.

We’ve assembled some tips on how to work online safely.

Tip 1: Passwords, Passwords, Passwords

This tip is an obvious one, but make sure you password-protect all your devices and have each device locked with a strong, unguessable password. It’s common for people to use the same password across all devices, but if one account gets hacked, that leaves you vulnerable for all accounts to be hacked.

If you have trouble remembering all your passwords, use a password manager to ensure that you won’t forget. Password managers are an excellent way to create strong passwords without having to worry about forgetting what you created.

Which brings us to our next point…

Tip 2: Use Two-Factor Authentication

The concept of two-factor authentication is not a new concept by any means, but it is an added level of security protection. It works by confirming a user’s identity by requiring a username and password and either requiring a pin number that was sent to the user’s phone or answering an additional question. This makes it harder for hackers to gain unauthorized access to your accounts.

Tip 3: Avoid Suspicious Websites and Links

We receive a lot of emails on a daily basis, some that are legitimate and others that are only trying to do harm. Phishing is a cyber-attack that attempts to trick the recipient into clicking on the link or email, which will, in turn, infect the user’s computer. Often, the insidious link is designed in an attempt to trick the user into thinking it is something the individual would want or need.

An example of this would be a request from the person’s bank asking for their banking information or an email from a coworker or friend with an attachment they are encouraged to download. If you’re an avid online shopper (as many are these days), it could be a link with a promotional discount to your favourite store.

Always make sure you inspect any suspicious links before clicking on them and validate that it is a legitimate source.

Tip 4: Install Anti-Virus Protection and Update Frequently

Using a good quality antivirus or antimalware is one of the most obvious methods of protecting yourself, but it is often the most forgotten. Invest in a high-quality anti-virus and firewall for your system, as well as spyware and malware protection. You should also make sure these are up to date on a regular basis. Manufacturers and developers update software if there are any vulnerabilities detected.

Tip 5: Don’t Overshare on Social Media

Social media can be a great tool for keeping in contact with old friends and acquaintances but be careful what you share on there. Sharing too much information, such as compromising company or client information (without even realizing it sometimes) could have negative ramifications. Make sure your privacy settings are up to date on your social media accounts and you limit what permissions you give to third party apps. Ensure you uninstall unused apps from your phone as well. Apps take up storage and also have access to your data.

Tip 6: Don’t Forget About Document Destruction

Protecting yourself extends beyond protecting yourself online and begins with physical data destruction. When you throw out banking statements or prescription receipts, it leaves you vulnerable to dumpster divers who want to steal your information. The best way to protect yourself is to shred all your confidential documents.

If you’re working from home right now, keep your confidential documents in a safe place to bring into the office to shred once your office opens again. Alternatively, we offer residential shredding services if you need to eliminate some documents immediately.

Safeshred is here for all your shredding needs.

Contact us today for more information!

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