Top 8 Reasons to Shred your Documents
Paper shredding and document destruction is very important this day and age. There are serious dangers to not properly disposing of your documents in a secure fashion. The following is a list of reasons why you should shred your confidential documents.
1. Identity Theft:
According to a recent article written by MSN, identity theft affects 11 million people a year, at a cost of $54 billion. In order to avoid becoming a statistic shredding is imperative, and hiring a shredding service, like Mobile Record Shredders will help you dispose of your confidential documents safely and securely.
2. Old Tax Returns:
Most people save their tax returns in the chance that they get audited. After three years of returns you are free to throw them away. Tax information has confidential information included on it and after three years can be adequately disposed of.
3. Old Photo IDs:
If you like to save your IDs, such as college IDs, security badges from old employers or even old state IDs, consider using a document destruction service to shred them. While photo IDs alone aren’t enough to steal your identity, the information included on the ID could be used against you in a larger scheme.
4. Bank Statements:
Any documents that include bank account numbers should be properly disposed of and shredded. This includes paper bank statements, old bank statements, and anything with your personal or company banking information included on it.
5. Credit Card Offers:
When you receive generic bank offers in the mail, including credit card offers, or new account offers, and you are not planning to take the bank up on their offer, you should dispose of the offers right away. The priority is to make sure identity thieves do not open new cards in your name.
6. Canceled or Void Checks:
Even if you write “void” on a check, it doesn’t mean the information on cannot be used against you. The bank routing number and account numbers listed on the check are just as easy to steal even if it says void. Make sure to shred all void or canceled checks upon cancelation to avoid any problems with identity thieves.
7. Pay Stubs:
At first glance, pay stubs seem harmless, but they do contain critical information that can be used by an identity thief. Some pay stubs include financial institution information and account information, Make sure to dispose of them properly.
8. Convenience Checks:
Have you ever received one of those blank checks from your credit card company, which you can use to borrow against your credit line? Thos are called convenience checks. If these checks end up in the wrong hands you could obviously be in trouble. Make sure to properly dispose of these checks so the information stays safe against identity thieves.
Shredding documents is not only for large companies with something to hide, average people have documents at home that include information that identity thefts pray on, including documents that include social security numbers and bank information. Make sure these documents are shredded properly. Mobile Record Shredders is here to help. Visit our website, for more information about document destruction with Mobile Record Shredders.
Identity Theft – Don’t Fall Victim
Identity Theft is more common than you think. And unfortunately, until it happens to you, you will never know the extent of damage it can cause. But luckily, it is easier than you think to protect yourself from falling victim to this horrible crime.
Proper disposal of your documents is the easiest and most affordable way to protect yourself. By hiring a shredding company to dispose of your documents, it is easier than you think to keep your documents safe.
All paperwork that has personal information, such as tax documents, bank statements, credit card offers and more can be shred and destroyed. At Mobile Record Shredders you can choose how often you have your documents shred and what needs to be shred. You don’t need to remove all of the staples and it is much more time efficient and cost-effective than doing it yourself.
To learn more about how Mobile Record Shredders can protect your documents and hard drives, please contact us to get a free quote and security risk assessment.
When it comes down to it, Mobile Record Shredders alleviates the hassle and is the most cost effective solution to your document destruction and confidentiality needs, while providing a green and environmental friendly solution for document destruction.
In the document destruction process, millions of pounds of paper are shredded each year. We have many customers asking us what we do with all of the documents we destroy. The answer is, we recycle. Not only do we recycle the documents destroyed, but it allows our customers to also be green and recycle by using our secure document destruction services. Recycling and being green is a good feature for all.
At Mobile Record Shredders, we are committed to recycling all documents shredded using our secure document destruction service. 100% of our products (including the paper shredded using our services) are shredded, bailed, and most importantly recycled. One bale, otherwise known as 1,000 pounds of shredded paper, when recycled translates to the following green practices:
- It saves 9 trees
- It reduces 1.5 cubic yards of landfill
- It eliminates 2000 kilowatt hours of electricity
- And it reduces the use of 3500 gallons of water
Due to our recycling efforts, including partnering with Blue Star Recyclers to increase our document destruction recycling efforts, Mobile Record Shredders has created well over $7.5 million in value savings to the environment since 2004. We think that’s pretty impressive when you are referring to document destruction services.
Knowing the impact that paper usage has on the environment, but translating that impact into positive recycling efforts is important to us and we know it’s important to you too. Let us take your document destruction needs and turn them into an environmentally friendly experience.
Learn more about the benefits of Mobile Record Shredders and how we can help your business with recycling and your document destruction.
Security for your company - tips to stay protected!
Detecting a security breach is extremely important. Reducing the impact for a security breach, or the loss of confidential information, can minimize the harm that can be done with a breach.
A security breach can be anything from lost data, to intellectual property and can be harmful to a company brand and decrease customer trust. Being prepared is key, in the unfortunate event than a security incident ever occur. Through process, technology, and the people in your company, you can be better prepared and focus on early detection.
The following guidelines can help you, and your company, ensure you are ready in the event that a breach may occur:
- Have a comprehensive security breach response plan in place at your company
- Use incident data that is collected, to improve security
- Provide ongoing security training for all of your employees
- Dispose of any unnecessary data in your workplace by shredding and recycling electronics not in use (Use Mobile Record Shredders to shred in Colorado)
- Review and continuously update your antivirus and database security software
- Make security a priority in the culture of your company
- Enforce security process and policies in your company
Make sure your company is protected. Let us help you be ready in the event that a security breach occur.
Confidential Means Confidential
Companies keep confidential information about their customers and employees in house and out of harms way of identity theft and fraud. When it’s time to dispose of that confidential information, organizations are increasing spending more and more money to address the security of those they have information for.
Organizations are seeing approximately a 15% increase in financing toward confidential document destruction. This not only means companies are understanding the treats that identity theft and fraud pose to their companies, but it also means they are more willing to securely dispose of documents at risk and keep their employee and customer information safe.
At Mobile Record Shredders, we are here to help companies and individuals with their document destruction needs. We have best practices in place to ensure your documents are properly disposed of and out of reach from harm. Our AAA NAID certification ensures of following strict processes and procedures. In order to qualify for this certification, we have gone through rigorous, unannounced audit programs that ensure we are following NAID best practices and keeping security at the highest of standards.
Contact us for more information about how we can keep your confidential information, confidential.
NAID Certification – Why it’s important you know about it!
Safety. Confidentiality. Protection. All three items are extremely important when disposing of your documents. With a NAID Certification your documents are in good hands and are treated in the utmost secure fashion when being disposed of.
Mobile Record Shedders has an AAA certification with NAID. This means, we are held to the highest of standards in the industry and hold security at the highest of measures. This includes providing a certification of shredding, when your documents are disposed of and much more.
NAID is the National Association for Information Destruction. According to NAID, the purpose of the certification includes:
"The NAID AAA Certification Program is a voluntary program for NAID member companies providing information destruction services. Through the program, NAID members will be audited for mobile and/or plant-based operations in paper or printed media, micromedia, computer hard drive destruction, and/or computer hard drive sanitization. Under this program, the certification application and associated fees cover only individual locations. If a NAID member operates in multiple locations, each location must pass the audit to be certified. NAID members who receive certification must specify the location certified in company literature when referencing the NAID certification program."
Click here for the full list of qualifications needed for a NAID Certification. We are here to keep your confidential information safe and secure. Contact us for more information or questions.
Is it actually confidential? Confidentiality is key with you company!
How quickly could you detect a breech in your company’s security? If you cannot answer that question, then we are here to help!
Whether your business is small or large, securing your company from a security breech or potential identity thief, is extremely important to your business, your customers and your employees. A security breach can be anything from lost data, to intellectual property and can be harmful to a company brand and decrease customer and employee trust.
Hiring a secure and safe shredding service is the first step to staying secure and detecting a breech early, if it does occur. The following is a list of things you can do to help you stay secure:
- Always make sure you shred your documents. Hire a service to make sure they are properly disposed of
- Recycle electronics. All information on the computers you are disposing of, contain confidential information, use a service like ours to dispose of your electronics to ensure they do not make it into the wrong hands
- Always update your antivirus and database security software when updates occur
- Make sure your employees are up to date on how to dispose of confidential documents
- Make shedding a priority in your company culture
- Regularly go through your confidential documents and make sure
- Enforce security process and policies in your company
- Eliminate unnecessary data in your workplace. Dispose of it (shredding is the most secure method of destruction), and keep an updated database of what you still have
Contact us for help to secure your documents. We’re here to help!
Shredding regularly is one of the most important steps you can take toward to avoid identity theft and keep all of your confidential documents secure. Not only does it mean you should make a commitment to shredding on a regular basis, but it means you are standardizing your document destruction and recycling procedures that allow you to thrive as a company and keep your information secure.
There have been many examples of companies carelessly leaving social security numbers out in the open and fraud being committed with these numbers. For example in 2012 the Federal Trade Commission settled in a court case with two check cashing and lending companies that carelessly threw away important documents, containing consumer information into unsecured dumpsters. Leaving them wide open to identity theft – which identity thieves jumped at the chance to get and stole hundreds of thousands of dollars with the information from this lack of document destruction.
At Mobile Record Shredders we allow companies to securely shred their documents, in the safest way possible. Your company’s confidential information remains secure from identity theft when it is properly disposed of. Not only are our documents disposed of in a secure manner, 100% of the paper we shred is recycled.
Speak with one of our live chat representatives for more information about how you can safeguard your company.
Protect Your Clients, Your Employees, You Reputation and Yourself
Protect Your Business
Document destruction through secure means, like a service such as Mobile Record Shredders, will protect your business from the theft of confidential information, lawsuits, identity theft and more. It also keeps confidential documents out of the hands of competitors looking to get ahead.
Protect Your Clients
Mobile Record Shredders will protect your client’s sensitive information by ensuring that your documents are securely and totally destroyed. We offer the highest security possible. With a AAA NAID certification, we are compliant with laws regarding privacy legislation and held to the highest of standards in document destruction.
Protect Your Employees
All employees are at risk for identity theft and personal fraud if their personal information is not destroyed properly. Employee files, social security numbers, banking details, medial insurance information, and addresses cannot be compromised. In order to keep your employees safe, their information must be securely destroyed. If they are not, your company can be sued for not being compliance with regulations on information destruction.
Protect Your Reputation
Protect your reputation by using Mobile Record Shredders for all of your document destruction needs. Irresponsible discarded information puts your company, clients and employees at risk. By using our services, you will not fall victim to thieves who can commit fraud with documents not properly disposed of, which could leave your company at risk for lawsuits, fines, and criminal charges, as well as unwanted media coverage. Protect your reputation from being in the news from security breaches of compliance.
If you are worried about the sensitivity of your documents, let us handle it. No job, big or small, Mobile Record Shredders is here to help.
Reduce Waste in Your Office
Fact #1: The average office worker uses 10,000 sheets of paper each year.
Fact #2: The United States has less than 5% of the world’s population, but consumes 30% of the world’s paper.
Based on those facts, the U.S. EPA estimates that paper and cardboard account for almost 40% of our garbage. Implementing a workplace plan to recycle and reduce unnecessary paper use can prevent a large portion of that waste. Here are some helpful tips to creating a greener office environment.
- Purchase products with the maximum post-consumer recycled content available
- Print double sided documents
- Use economy print settings on printers and copiers
- Go digital whenever possible. Send any company communications through email only, or post to bulletin board if paper is necessary
- Purchase refillable ink cartridges
- Order office supplies in bulk to reduce packaging
- Buy paper produced by a company with a stated commitment to environmental stewardship
- Purchase and specify post-consumer recycled content papers. This helps expand the recycling market and assure recycling programs stay viable and effective. It also closes the loop by diverting waste from landfills and incinerators.
- Keep your mailing list updated. Evaluate your data, delete duplicates, remove those who have requested to be off, and target your mailings to specific audiences.
- Reuse packing material whenever possible
- Unsubscribe from junk mail sent to the office
- Invest in rechargeable batteries
- Use personal mugs instead of paper cups
When trying to make your office a greener environment, also consider disposing of paper documents through a shredding service. At Mobile record shredders we recycle 100% of the paper we shred and are a great complimentary service to helping your business improve green practices.