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This video will show you how to remove a hard drive from a computer. MicroShred offers on-site hard drive destruction, but the hard drives must first be removed from its casing.
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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- outdated business records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.
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!
Posted on May 2nd, 2013 No comments
Keeping customer and employee information secure is more than good business. It’s the law.
Legislation concerning privacy is becoming more rigorous and continues to be strictly enforced. Organizations that fail to comply will incur severe penalties.
Shredding all confidential information is the preferred method of document destruction.
Our mobile shredding trucks turn paper and computer hard drives into fine shreds that can’t be reconstructed.
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Securely shred old or unnecessary documents that contain your business information or business identifiers.Posted on April 16th, 2013 No comments
Shred any old or unnecessary documents containing business license numbers, business registrations, EIN / TIN, account numbers, etc. using a cross-cut, confetti cut, or diamond cut shredder, or utilize the services of a secure document destruction company. Any documents waiting to be shredded should be placed in a secure locking receptacle or locked storage room not accessible to unauthorized persons.
Keep all documents containing business information or business identifiers in a safe, secure location not accessible by unauthorized persons.Posted on April 16th, 2013 No comments
Be certain to protect and secure hardcopy documents that contain business identifiers, account numbers, and other sensitive information at all times. This includes employee workspaces, public access areas, waste and shred receptacles, filing cabinets, and any other locations where these documents may be found. Be cognizant of all persons that may be able to view or have access to these documents (authorized or not), including clients and customers, visitors, contractors, cleaning crew personnel, etc.