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.
This Mother's Day Learn 5 Ways to Make Your Teenager's Data Safer
As indicated by research conducted by Experian, before the age of 18 at least 25% of children will be a victim of child identity fraud or theft.
As children grow up, it is their responsibility to make sure they are making safe decisions online to safeguard themselves. As Mother’s Day approaches it is the perfect time to remind kids as they gather for this event, that protecting their confidential information is a must.
How Teenagers Can Make Information Security a Priority
Identity Thieves Target Teenagers for Their Personal Information
It’s important to explain to teens that thieves are targeting them for their information. Experian has shown in their statistics for identity theft, posted just this year, that 13,852 complaints of theft were received from the Federal Trade Commission in 2017 that affected kids and youths all under the age of 19. Children are a target because they have a spotless record and their information is easy to use. Most parents do not notice that their child’s information has been stolen until years later, all the while thieves are opening lines of credit, mortgages, auto loans and credit cards under their name. Explain to kids what personal information the crooks are after (Social Security/Insurance number, name, address, mobile number, email, passwords, birth date, school, and any identifying account number). They should never share this information with anybody on the web, over their mobile phone, on a survey they take, or face to face, without understanding how this information will be used. Ensure they don't post pictures online of anything that shows confidential information like a boarding pass or new driver's license.
Safeguard Personal Devices
Teenagers invest a considerable amount of their energy and time today shopping, socializing, and sharing on social networks like Snapchat, Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook. Experian announced that 93% of teenagers ages 15 to17 have mobile access to the web through a phone, tablet or other devices. It's imperative to ensure every one of these gadgets is protected by IT safeguards such as anti-virus, anti-spam, and firewalls. It’s important that they don’t share private information when utilizing public Wi-Fi and only download from trustworthy sources (or else they could be downloading viruses and malware). They should use physical safeguards as well, and never leave devices unattended.
Stay Safe Online
Keep in mind that criminals utilize social media sites to study their targets. Educate your teenager to keep away from over-sharing on social media, and not to post or share their full name, birthday and/or their account numbers. Show them that there are fake sites out there too (links to counterfeit 'fan sites' or 'free stuff' often are malicious). In the event that they are asked to download a plug-in or application to watch a video, make sure they think twice (something dreadful may accompany it) and only accept social media friend requests from individuals they know personally. Becoming friends with a con artist could enable them to spam their timeline, tag them in posts, and send nasty messages.
Make Strong and Secure Passwords
Teach teenagers to make long, hard passwords (a mix of unique and random numbers and letters) and not to share them with others. Make sure they never re-use passwords (this makes it simple for hackers to take) and think about getting a password manager.
Keep away from Hoarding Data
Parents ought to be good role models, and should keep the home and office clutter-free. Lock entryways and windows, utilize a burglar alarm and keep important files in a safe. Securely destroy confidential information – on paper or stored on hard drives – that is no longer needed.
Begin Securing Your Business
To learn more about how Mobile Record Shredders can protect your documents, please contact us to get a free quote.
Five Useful Tips From Experts In Paper Shredding
1. Paper Shredding is Affordable
Our services are for everyone. Providing our shredding services to you will not only save you money but time and we all know your time is money. Our mobile shredding truck fleet can work around your schedule, so you don’t have to worry. Call us today to schedule an appointment and get a plan in place for your paper shredding needs.
2. Protect Your Documents
Your company, depending on your industry, could be legally responsible for the security of certain documents. Protect your clients from identity theft and keep trade secrets confidential with our secure document destruction services. Fraud is always lurking around the corner, so don’t become a victim by overlooking the basics of security. Trust is something that has to be earned in any field, and we have the customer reviews to prove we’ve earned ours.
3. Avoid DIY Shredding
Doing it yourself is not something we recommend you do. It just isn’t practical to cram the office shredder with two documents at a time while you have a ton of paper to get rid of and business to attend. Let us help you. We are specialists at what we do, so hire an expert. We offer prompt, secure document disposal.
4. Digital Paper Trail
Your electronic devices also store and keep copies of sensitive client data. Browsers keep cookies, and some files are never really deleted from your hard drive—even if you’ve emptied your Recycle Bin. Make sure to get your hard drives completely destroyed when you are finished with them, don’t just throw them away.
Make some extra room by throwing out old documents you don’t need anymore. You will be surprised by how much space you can save by tidying up a bit. We make it easy by sending you our highly skilled shredding technicians to do the job for you.
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.
Secure shredding services to help you!
Organizations are often in need of shredding services to ensure documents are securely disposed of.
Companies that generally need security for their documents do not have the equipment necessary to ensure documents stay confidential, such as locked consoles to house documents before shredding.
Mobile Record Shredders can come to you -- or you can come to them! We have an option for companies to have on-site locked storage bins for security, so documents remain safe from prying eyes. Our mobile shredding trucks allow for on-site shredding, rather than your documents being transported elsewhere. Leaving only a small trace of your documents that cannot be reassembled. After each project is complete, we leave you with a NAID Certificate of Destruction, to prove your documents have been safely destroyed.
Call us or live chat with one of our representatives to find out how we can help!