Posted on October 3rd, 2013 No comments
It is important to protect your business from identity theft and fraud. MicroShred’s mobile shredding trucks will travel to any location in southern Florida and destroy confidential documents ranging from financial and legal records to computer hard drives.
Companies tend to have a greater need for shredding services. There is more of a chance for businesses to be affected by identity theft or fraud because of the significant number of confidential documents. Identity theft sets the government, American citizens, and businesses back by billions of dollars each year. From 2005 to 2010, 64.1% of these instances involved credit card fraud, the fastest growing type of identity theft.
The best option is to hire an experienced and professional company like MicroShred, the top paper shredding company in south Florida. Hiring MicroShred for your business will be a great investment and better prepare you for the future. MicroShred will provide you with enhanced security, consistent and reliable shredding practices and verified compliance with information protection regulations.
If you prefer off-site document destruction instead of shredding on-site, our mobile shredding trucks will travel to you to pick up your material to be destroyed. All of MicroShred’s trucks are secure and your materials will be carefully transported to our shredding facility to be destroyed immediately upon arrival. Finally, MicroShred is environmentally friendly as all the paper shreds are taken to a recycling center to be transformed into new material.
The following are the top confidential documents to shred:
- financial records
- payroll records
- legal documents
- account records
- medical records
- confidential correspondence
- tax records
- outdated business records
- invoices and cancelled checks
After each service visit, MicroShred will provide customers with a Certificate of Destruction (COD). Included on the COD is the date of the service and acts as proof that all the confidential documents were destroyed beyond recognition and disposed of properly.
MicroShred’s services will ensure your business is protected so that you can focus on what really matters.
Posted on October 3rd, 2013 No comments
In addition to document destruction, MicroShred provides computer hard drive shredding services.
Destruction of your hard drive is the best method for protecting yourself from identity theft.
Destroying your computer hard drive is very important because it’s not enough to simply just erase all files and folders. They may not be entirely gone. It is important to realize that older computers that are not wiped out equal a major security risk for individuals and businesses. There is still a chance that an experienced hacker can uncover fragments of sensitive information such as consumer identification, social security numbers, credit card information, bank statements, investment records and anything else you may have kept on your computer. This information will easily allow thieves to engage in credit card fraud or identity theft.
MicroShred is the best option to dispose of computer hard drives because we are the top hard drive shredding company in southern Florida. We have a special shredder that is specifically designed to destroy computer hard drives and related media.
MicroShred’s destruction system includes total physical destruction of hard drives into pieces, and allows customers to view the disposal of all documents on-site. It is also an environmentally friendly process, in which all materials are then recycled.
Everything about MicroShred is professional, from their customer service representatives to the highly trained employees in the field. The security and safety of all customers is MicroShred’s top priority. MicroShred is trusted by federal, state and local government agencies. Our services will ensure your business is protected and you can focus on what really matters.
Posted on September 5th, 2013 No comments
Protect Your Identity Day
Come to our free, secure and confidential paper and hard drive shredding event in Miami!
October 13th 2013
North Miami Beach Police Department
16901 NE 19th Ave, North Miami Bch, FL 33162
* The limit of shredding is 5 boxes per person. Hard drive destruction is $10.00 each hard drive, paid in cash to MicroShred employees.
Posted on August 6th, 2013 1 comment
What is GLBA?
Also known as the Financial Services Modernization Act, the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act (GLBA) was enacted in 1999 to protect private consumer information held by financial institutions. The GLBA requires banks to develop privacy notices and to provide customers with the option of prohibiting the sharing of their confidential information with non-affiliated third parties. On July 1, 2001, the Act was amended, requiring financial organizations to have a comprehensive, written information security program in place.
Who is affected by GLBA ?
The GLBA applies to virtually every business in the United States engaged in the “financial services” industry: institutions that provide financial products and services to consumers. This applies to all national banks and federal branches of foreign banks that are required to follow US banking regulations.
According to the Act, financial institutions are required to implement a comprehensive, written information security program that includes proper administrative, technical and physical safeguards, the nature of which are dependent upon the size and complexity of the organization. This requirement extends to any subsidiaries of the parent financial organization. The program must be designed to protect consumers’ non-public, personally-identifiable information by ensuring security and confidentiality of data, by preventing potential risks and threats to data, and by protecting against unauthorized access to or use of consumers’ private information.
When using service providers such as an outsourced document destruction company, financial institutions have a duty to safeguard their customers’ information while it is in the possession of the outsourced company. To adhere to this, the financial organization must use due diligence in selecting, managing and monitoring the service provider to ensure consumers’ private information is protected. This includes entering into contracts with a document destruction company when appropriate.
What is HIPAA?
Signed into federal law in 1996, HIPAA was created to combat fraud and abuse in the health insurance industry. The Act stipulates that all United States health care organizations must “maintain reasonable and appropriate, technical, and physical safeguards to prevent intentional or unintentional use or disclosure of protected health information.”
HIPAA protection attaches to all information relating “to the past, present, or future physical or mental health or condition of an individual, or the past, present, or future payment for the provision of healthcare.” Materials that would contain such protected information include patient histories, logs, notes, forms, billing and insurance information, and any other records containing personal information in the possession of healthcare providers.
Who is affected by HIPAA?
Regardless of size, all healthcare providers in the United States must have documented policies defining reasonable measures that are being taken to protect personal health information and ensure the organization is protecting against unauthorized access to personal information.
This includes all organizations or individuals who retain and/or collect health-related information, such as: hospitals, medical centers, insurance companies, billing centers, collection agencies, doctors, dentists, chiropractors, psychiatrists, psychologists and any other institutions or individuals responsible for personal health-related information.
What is FACTA?
Signed into law on December 4, 2003, the Fair and Accurate Credit Transactions Act (FACTA) is federal legislation aimed at the prevention and penalization of consumer fraud and identity theft. Administered by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), the FACTA Disposal Rule has been in effect since June 1, 2005. The Disposal Rule puts in place requirements for proper document disposal and destruction, and recognizes the problems that can and do arise when private information is disposed of in an irresponsible manner.
Who is affected by FACTA?
FACTA applies to virtually all persons and businesses in the United States, mandating that “any person who maintains or otherwise possesses consumer information, or any compilation of consumer information, for a business purpose must properly dispose of such information by taking reasonable measures to protect against unauthorized access to or use of the information in connection with its disposal.”
Under FACTA, consumer information is defined as personal identifying materials which extend beyond just a person’s name, including:
- a social security number
- a driver’s license number
- a phone number or e-mail address
- a physical address
To comply with the FACTA Disposal Rule, businesses and individuals must take “reasonable measures” to ensure such information does not fall into the wrong hands. Reasonable measures include the “burning, pulverizing, or shredding” of paper documents, such as the contracting of a third-party engaged in the document destruction business to dispose of confidential information in a manner consistent with the Act.
Failure to abide by FACTA may result in stiff penalties. Victims are entitled to actual damages sustained due to incompliance; they may also seek statutory damages, and, in some cases, file class-action suits. Federal and state authorities are also empowered to bring legal enforcement actions against businesses that violate the Act.
MicroShred’s mobile destruction services bring confidential and secure shredding to you.
Our completely self-contained mobile shredding trucks will shred your documents at your home or place of business. Our trained security personnel shred your material without interfering with your daily operations. You may, of course, witness the shredding process at any time. The materials are destroyed beyond recognition, reconstruction and readability.
Upon completion, you are issued a Certificate of Destruction certifying the time and date your materials were destroyed. The obliterated material is then transported to our secured recycling facility. We offer a complete line of on-site shredding services with flexible scheduling options to meet your needs. All shredding is done by our mobile shredding trucks. No need to remove paper clips, staples, binder clips or other fasteners. We shred everything!
MicroShred offers many secure shredding solutions for every confidentiality need.
MicroShred specializes in the secure destruction of your confidential information and materials. We shred and destroy paper documents, computer hard drives, microfilm, microfiche, CD’s, tapes and X-Rays.
Upon completion, MicroShred recycles all of the paper, metals and plastics that we’ve destroyed. MicroShred is fully licensed, bonded and insured. We are members of NAID (The National Association for Information Destruction), an international trade association for companies providing information destruction services who sets national standards for data destruction. Our primary objective is to protect and safeguard your confidential information with the highest level of security and value in the market.
Whether it’s personal documents, a home based business, a small company with a few employees, or a large corporation with multiple locations and thousands of employees, you have sensitive material which, in the wrong hands, could damage or even cripple your business and reputation. If you keep records of various types, your company’s security could be breached if the materials are merely thrown in the garbage or viewed by the wrong people.
MicroShred is trusted by many industries throughout South Florida. Our diverse clientele includes government offices, schools, healthcare agencies, financial institutions, manufacturing companies and correctional facilities. We have established these relationships by providing our clients with superior security, outstanding customer service and cost effective pricing. No matter the type of organization, or whether you need to comply with FACTA, HIPAA or Gramm-Leach-Bliley regulations, MicroShred is your answer for confidential shredding services.
Posted on June 26th, 2013 No comments
Officials say they’re tightening security of the Florida prescription drug database, after the disclosure last week that names, prescription history and other personal information of 3,300 individuals were released to lawyers of six defendants in a prescription drug fraud sting.
Wednesday’s announcement by Department of Health officials regarding stricter security measures came the same day that the state attorney who released the records revealed details about how an investigation into a drug trafficking ring last month netted so many names of people apparently unrelated to the sting.
Department of Health officials said they are working with law enforcement and Attorney General Pam Bondi, to explore additional safety measures for the Prescription Drug Monitoring Program. The safeguards will include limiting the number of people from agencies allowed to use the database, requiring all agency administrators to be notified when someone queries the program and cutting access to those who wrongfully disclose information.
The database first went into use in 2011, as a way to prevent drug-abusers from doctor shopping.
“The PDMP works daily to save the lives of those with prescription narcotic addiction and privacy is job one,” said State Surgeon General and Secretary of Health John Armstrong. “The Department is taking steps forward to put additional safeguards in place to prevent any unauthorized use of information that is intended to save lives.”
Concerns about law enforcement agencies’ use of the database and distribution of records came to light after Daytona Beach attorney Michael Lambert discovered his name was among about 3,300 others whose drug history, doses, pharmacies and home addresses were released to five lawyers representing defendants in a drug sting in May.
Lambert sued State Attorney C.J. Larizza over the list of names and is challenging the constitutionality of the database, calling it an unconstitutional invasion of privacy that subjects individuals to unreasonable searches and seizures.
The list of names was part of a multi-county drug trafficking investigation by state, local and federal agents.
According to court documents filed by Larizza, Drug Enforcement Administration agent Sean Tucker and other investigators queried the database for the prescription drug history of four doctors and their pharmacies, along with six individuals accused of forging prescriptions for hydrocodone and other addictive narcotics.
The search netted 3,300 names and drug histories, including Lambert’s. Agents then asked the doctors to verify the data. The investigation identified 63 fictitious names and seven people whose identities had been stolen by the accused fraudsters, according to the court filings.
“Essentially, the trafficking ring was utilizing false identities and identity theft to procure and distribute narcotic prescription medications. The investigation revealed that thousands upon thousands of narcotic pills were being illegally distributed on the streets of our state,” Larizza wrote in his response.
State law requires that the information from the database remain confidential and makes it a felony to knowingly disseminate the records to unauthorized recipients.
Larizza’s office gave five of the six lawyers representing defendants in the drug cases disks containing the names. One of the lawyers recognized Lambert’s name and alerted him of the possible security breach. Lambert sued, asking Larizza to retrieve the disks and to notify all of the individuals whose names had been released through certified mail.
In Wednesday’s court filing, Larizza said none of the other four lawyers had viewed the data and that only Lambert had not returned the disk to the state attorney’s office.
But the case has raised questions about the security of the database and prompted concerns from some GOP lawmakers who said they want to hold hearings on the issue.
Lambert contends Larizza was wrong to release all of the records to the defense lawyers and asked the judge to block the law regarding the use of the database.
But Larizza argued that Lambert failed to make his case.
“There is sparse, if any, legal precedent providing guidance on what limitations should be placed on the release of discovery materials to the defense under these circumstances. Essentially, the Court must balance the privacy rights of the citizens against the due process rights of the defendants,” he wrote.
Lambert said he had no problem with investigators casting a broad net to identify potential prescription drug fraudsters. But, he said, prosecutors should have redacted the names of the individuals who were not accused.
“Those six people have been identified. I’m not one of those people. Nor were the other 3,300 people…Why does somebody need to know that I’m a legitimate patient lawfully prescribed medication from one of these doctors?” Lambert said.
Lambert said that the new security measures being considered by health officials won’t ensure that innocent patients’ data remains private.
The ACLU, which opposed the database from the beginning, filed a public records request regarding the release of the data but was told the database query is exempt from public records because it is part of an active investigation. ACLU lawyer Maria Kayanan, who requested the records, said she intends to fight for the records and is considering asking the DEA and the Justice Department to investigate.
“To me this is an admission that there have been no accountability standards and there still won’t be until these new rules are adopted and put in place. But at least the Department of Health is aware of the problems and has taken steps to begin addressing the sweeping violations of privacy that have occurred,” Kayanan said. “This is damage control. I think they’re trying to save a database that shouldn’t exist in the first place.”
The Lambert case does not yet have a judge. A circuit judge asked the Florida Supreme Court to assign a judge from outside Larizza’s 7th Circuit jurisdiction, which includes, Flagler, Putnam, St. John’s and Volusia counties.
Posted on June 26th, 2013 No comments
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. – David Sanders is a victim of identity theft. He told us, “They had made a credit card with my number and name on it.” He says it didn’t take long for him to find out someone was using his identity and spending his money in another state. “I got an email that I had a charge from a Kohl’s in Dallas, Texas of all places, and I was right here in Delray Beach.”
According to the Federal Trade Commission, South Florida is number one on the list for identity theft complaints, which includes Palm Beach County. Port Saint Lucie ranks number 7.
Reggie Montgomery, a retired police officer, has advice on how to protect your identity.
“Make sure that their wallet does not get out of their sight, number one.” He says don’t give out your date of birth or social security number to someone over the phone.
“If you go into your doctor’s office, they don’t need your social security number. You see it on every form in every doctor’s office, they don’t need it. They have your insurance information,” said Montgomery.
When you throw out personal information in the garbage, such as credit cards or canceled checks, shred them.
He says the best shredder is the cross shredder, which makes the paper look like confetti.
Montgomery says “And when you throw the shredding out, put liquid on it so that nobody is going to go through it and try to put it back together.”
You can also protect yourself with the right mailbox. “Have a locking mailbox, make sure that nobody can get into your mailbox, that’s another way people get your information,” he said.