The Purpose of a NAID Certification
NAID, the National Association for Information Destruction is a voluntary program, allowing shredding service providers to become AAA certified and fall into an elite category of document destruction services. With this certification, NAID members will be subject to both scheduled and unannounced audits, to ensure they are using best practices in document destruction including “mobile and/or plant-based operations in paper or printed media, micro media, computer hard drive destruction, and/or computer hard drive sanitization.”
The rigorous process helps companies around the world to set the standard on document destruction and abide by laws and regulations protecting the proper disposal of confidential information
Each NAID member must operate under the strict guidelines offered and pass the audit with flying colors to become certified. Make sure your document destruction and professional shredding service are NAID certified. For more information on the NAID Certification, click here.
Always know, Mobile Record Shredders have a AAA NAID Certification. Your documents are in good hands with us.
Confidential Records Taken From Tax Filing Office Found In Dumpster
A man found hundreds of tax documents discarded in a dumpster at a Mansfield industrial office complex which was only ten miles away from the Liberty Tax Alta Mesa office in Fort Worth in which they were filed at.
The man who found the documents, called a woman in Mansfield to let her know that her personal information was found in that dumpster.
The records contained social security numbers, addresses, drivers license numbers, and bank account information.
Authorities are investigating the dumping and theft of the documents according to the owner of the franchise.
Past employees and current are being asked questions about this incident.
According to Liberty Tax officials, all the customers will be contacted about this security breach and identity protection will be given to all of them.
If a data breach ever happens within your company find out how our CSR Readiness Program could benefit you.
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.
The Dangers of Using a Paper Shredder
Many people use a paper shredder to protect their privacy and to keep hackers from stealing their identity. In 2017 statistics state that 8.6 million people were the victim of identity theft, according to the Bureau of Justice. If you’ve decided that shredding your documents yourself is the best way to go, consider the dangers first.
Paper shredders use sharp grinding metal teeth to rip paper apart. If not used correctly it can pose a serious danger to the person using it. According to the US Consumer Production Safety Commission shredders have caused numerous finger injuries, including amputations and lacerations.
There are many ways that these injuries can happen. Countless accidents have happened from clothing or jewelry being too loose and then being caught in the shredder. When the paper is jammed in the machine, people attempt to remove it and get their fingers caught in the blades.
Injuries to Children
Having a safe environment for young children is very important to parents; however, that can be a challenge at times. Having a paper shredder can pose another risk. Curious children can get their small fingers caught in the shredding blades. Most shredders have an automatic function that leaves the shredder on while it waits to be activated when it senses paper.
Injuries to Pets
Pet owners should keep in mind that their animals can get hurt if left unattended around a paper shredder. A cat’s natural curiosity could lead it to put its paw in the shredder, or a dog could put its nose or tongue to close for comfort. A pet cannot be taught the dangers of shredding as children can.
Fire hazards are a real risk with shredders. When the paper is left jammed in the machine and unattended, the heat from the shredder could cause combustion. Paper shredders that are also left plugged in with the automatic setting on are also at risk for causing an electrical fire.
Instead of worrying about what could happen with a paper shredder call the professionals at 719-544-5460. To learn more about how Mobile Record Shredders can protect your documents, please contact us to get a free quote and security risk assessment.
I Scanned My Files-What Do I Do With the Paper Copies?
Organizing your office or home can be a major undertaking. Sifting through old documents and choosing what to keep and what to throw out can take hours or even days.
Once you've sorted through your records and chose what to keep, you may realize that storing boxes loaded with files is an inefficient and unsafe approach to store your documents.
Scanning devices make it simple to digitize your documents and transfer boxes worth of substantial printed material onto a little thumb drive or secure hard drive.
Be that as it may, once you've scanned your records, what do you do with the paper copies? If you continue to store them, the digitizing procedure was pointless, yet tossing them in the garbage isn't the correct answer either.
Why Can't I Toss Old Records in the Trash?
When you put something in the trash and place your garbage can out on the curb, everything in it ends up exposed and unprotected.
When you place records in your trash that contain sensitive data, anybody can go through your trash and find account numbers, passwords, email addresses, telephone numbers, and other private data that will enable them to steal your identity or access your accounts.
What Do I Do With Old Paper Documents?
Rather than leaving your information vulnerable in the trash, consider shredding your records.
Destroying your documents keeps all your information safe, and if you use a shredding service provider they will recycle the paper shreds, which not only protect the environment but also adds an additional layer of security to the process.
What Are My Shredding Options?
There are a few approaches to shredding your records.
You always have the choice to shred your documents yourself. You can buy a home or little office shredder and shred your files yourself, but if you have more than a couple sheets of paper, this can be a tedious, time consuming, and messy task.
Personal shredders are slow, rapidly overheat, easily jam up or break down, and require maintenance over time.
Utilize a Shredding Service
Shredding services are fast and secure, and you have a variety of options depending on how much you have to shred.
In the event that you have a few boxes or more than 100 lbs. of paper to shred (figure the amount you need to shred) your best choices are either mobile shredding, which sends a shred truck to you to shred onsite or offsite shredding, which picks up your records to shred them back at our secure facility.
If you just have a couple of pounds of paper to shred, we have drop off locations throughout Southern Colorado that allow you to drop off your records and pay for shredding by the box or bag.
Let Mobile Record Shredders Help Keep Your Information Secure
You get free quotes on shredding services in your neighborhood and then choose the option that best meets your needs.
Call us at (800) 544-5460 or fill out the form this form to get free quotes and find a shredding option that’s affordable, convenient, and secure.
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Mobile Record Shredders, Better Business Bureau of Southern Colorado, KKTV 11 News, Pueblo Mall, Ent Credit Union, Pueblo Downtown Association, 98.1 KKFM, 98.9 Magic FM, and The Pueblo Chieftain are teaming up to help you protect your identity by shredding your old documents containing personal information.
*Shredding up to 5 standard size copier boxes: Free
$5 for each additional small box
$10 for each additional large box
No large business document shredding, please
To prevent long wait times and manage traffic congestion, event registration is encouraged. Bring your ticket along (either paper or on your phone) to ensure admittance to the event.
Register online at Pueblo Letter Rip Registration Form
Five winners of a $50 Pueblo Mall gift card will be chosen at random from online registrations.
Please remove documents from binders. Separate x-rays, CDs and floppy disks from paper documents. Staples and paper clips are okay to be shredded.
Donations will be accepted for the Better Business Bureau of Southern Colorado Pueblo Scholarship Fund. Cash, check, and credit cards accepted.
Call 719-389-1087 for more information.
Confidential documents found in a recycling dumpster
It appears that the documents found in the dumpster are linked to a Hillsboro Law Group. Most of the documents were tax returns with social security information on them.
Hundreds of records of confidential legal documents were found in a recycling dumpster in Hillsboro. The documents contained information of emails, delicate customer records, and tax returns with social security numbers on them.
A lady who worked at a nearby business who shared a recycling dumpster with the company found the confidential information. “I was appalled that this information was just sitting there,” said Melissa.
“I took out my recycling and all these law papers were just sitting on top of the boxes,” said Melissa. “This could be a gold mine in the wrong hands.”
According to Melissa most of the documents seemed to be connected with a law group that has an office close by. She said she emailed and called St. Andrew Legal Clinic in Hillsboro but never got a response.
Just days after Melissa found the documents in the dumpster and after she had notified the law office, it was discovered that most of the documents had been removed. However, there were still legal records and receipts still in the open dumpster.
One form titled “Intake Sheet” included the contact information, name of the customer, the person’s recent wage information, estimated retainer and attorney’s fees, along with why the person needed legal assistance.
This man’s information was located and his information was returned to him.
“It’s upsetting to know that all of my personal information is not being disposed of properly,” said Brendan.
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Confirmed DMV Document tossed in trash
Last week, News10NBC was contacted by a concerned citizen who found stacks of documents in the DMV dumpster behind its Henrietta office. The documents included social security numbers, names, emails, addresses and phone numbers. David Mottshaw also showed us documents which included Homeland Security and Visa information from a Chinese student at the University of Rochester and information on unmarked cars from the Monroe County Sheriff's Office.
News10NBC searched the dumpsters near the DMV offices in Greece and Irondequoit. In Irondequoit, we found more documents with social security numbers and insurance information.
Today, the Director of the County Office of Public Integrity, David Moore, said in a statement, "while I cannot comment on the nature of our investigations, I can confirm that I have been contacted by the Monroe County Legislature and the Office of Monroe County Clerk regarding the potentially improper handling of documents at local DMV locations. We will now follow Office of Public Integrity (OPI) policy and procedure to determine the appropriate next steps."
Moore recommended that anyone who has used the DMV offices in Monroe County recently should monitor bank statements. Moore also said the Monroe County Clerk's office, which manages the DMV offices, should provide free credit monitoring for any customer that used the DMV in the last 90 days.
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Why Home Depot is Paying Nearly $28 million in a Civil Settlement Involving Discarded Customer Records and Hazardous Materials – Mobile Record Shredders
Home Depot's parent organization was ordered to pay $27.8 million to the province of California and a few other southern California governments in a civil agreement for issues with hazardous waste disposal practices and customer records that were not discarded correctly.
The Riverside “Environmental Protection Team” of the County Prosecutor and regulators all through the state-led an assessment of 45 waste compactors belonging to 32 Home Depot stores in the time frame of 2013 and 2015.
They discovered the waste was discarded improperly, including pesticides, solvents, batteries and other poisonous materials. The 45 compactors also contained customer records that had names, addresses, telephone numbers and email addresses. The records had not been shredded or disposed of properly, as per a statement from the prosecuting attorneys’ office.
Home Depot has made strides towards compliance with environmentally friendly waste disposal practices and appropriate disposal of customer documents.
The case was documented a month ago in Alameda County, and the agreement includes $1.8 million in fines and civil costs; $2.5 million to back eco-friendly protection projects, and a cost of in any event $6.8 million from Home Depot to meet natural principles that surpass consistence prerequisites.
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Ready Set Shred - Protect Yourself and Your Business
Shredding is an easy solution to protect yourself. If you are a business owner, you also need to think about your clients and your business.
Secure document destruction by a reputable shredding company like us, Mobile Record Shredders, will protect you and your confidential information, identity theft and more.
We will protect you and your business’s sensitive customer information by ensuring that your documents are securely and totally destroyed. We offer the highest security possible.
Your employees are also secure when you shred. Identity theft and personal fraud are a real threat especially if you are the keeper of 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.
Irresponsibly discarded information puts everyone at risk, Make sure to do your diligence and use our services to avoid your confidential information falling into the wrong hands.