Secure Document Shredding
In 1988 the Supreme Court ruled that all trash is public domain. Therefore making it more dangerous to just tear papers in half and toss them. Shredding has become a necessity in a person’s life. How important is it really? What can you toss away and what absolutely must find its way to a shredder?
1. Why Shred? Shredding documents isn’t just an easy way to make unwanted paper take up less space, it’s a big help in protecting yourself from one of today’s most invasive crimes- identity theft. Identity theft is one of the fastest growing types of fraud. In 2006, there were 67,000 recorded victims. Identity theft is much more than misuse of a Social Security number-it can also include credit card and mail fraud. ‘Bin raiders’ are taking advantage of carelessness and the relaxed “that’ll never happen to me” attitude. It’s as simple as this… Thieves can’t steal what they can’t read!
2. How Do I Determine What I Should Shred? Obviously anything that contains information that you don’t want anyone else to read is something you should shred. For a criminal, your name and address can be used for a multitude of things, so be careful what you put out there. Throwing it in the garbage can just isn’t good enough. I’ve heard about plenty of instances where identity thieves literally go through victims’ trash cans and steal personal information. Don’t let this happen to you!
3. Pre-Approved Credit Card Application. I probably get about five pre-approved credit card applications a day, and I shred every single paper inside that envelope! I’m sure I’m not the only one who’s getting blank checks with my bank account, name, and address stamped all over them either! These two documents can be incredibly dangerous. Don’t leave them on your counter to shred later, destroy them now!
4. Is One Shredder Better Then Another? Actually, YES! Simpler strip-cut shredders aren’t fool proof, it seems hard to imagine but those strips, potentially, could be put back together by someone determined enough. It’s recommended you use a cross-cut or confetti-cut machine that cuts the document into much smaller pieces.
5. Can I Do It Myself Or Do I Need It Done Professionally? The average individual can buy a simple yet effective shredder to handle their personal shredding needs. Most people are just trying to destroy old bank statements, cancelled checks, pay stubs, and old insurance forms. But companies often have a larger need for shredding services, and that’s when seeking a professional is typically the best idea. Hiring a professional and experienced company to do your shredding guarantees your confidential documents and data will be rendered unreadable. MicroShred can be scheduled for regular service, and are equipped to destroy not just documents but CD’s, microfiche, circuit boards and more. We also handle recycling of the destroyed data, so it’s handled properly at no additional concern of your own.
So next time you’re about to just toss that junk mail in the trash think twice, and shred.
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