Business Owners: Does Your Staff Know Which Documents Need to Be Destroyed?
One of the biggest problems in document destruction is just a simple lack of knowledge.
People are told “get rid of these credit card slips,” and they toss them in the recycling bin because that’s getting rid of them, right? They may be unaware of the specific liability problems these documents can present, or they may simply take the entire stack and dump it, unaware that they needed to use document destruction to fulfill a legal obligation. Take the time to train your staff, and to learn for your own legal safety which documents should be destroyed and why.
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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.
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Regular Document Destruction is More Important than Ever
Once trash is put out in a public place for disposal, it cannot be expected to remain private. By law, anything that goes curbside, is officially fair game for those lurking in the shadows and looking to steal your identity. Which makes proper document destruction even more important than ever.
In a business setting, trade secrets, client information, and even confidential employee information could all be compromised, resulting in severe damage to the business’s reputation. In a personal setting, any information that has your date of birth, social security number, or any other confidential information can get into the hand of an identity thief and cause irreparable damage.
Make sure to safeguard your confidential documents by outsourcing your document destruction and choosing a shredding service that is familiar with local and federal document destruction laws. Shredding services, like Mobile Record Shredders hold confidentiality at the highest of regard and have extremely high standards in place to safeguard all documents once in possession. Whether it’s an on or off-site service, we are here to help you keep your documents safe.
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