Shredding Documents – A Way Of Life

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Shredding documents is becoming a way of life in our country today. It has practically become one of the litanies of phrases parents teach their children these days. “Look both ways before you cross the street.” “Don’t talk to strangers.” “Don’t open the front door to people you don’t know.” “Shred your documents.” Shredding is a precaution that we all must take these days in order to prevent ourselves from the very serious crime of identity theft. In a society where access is gained using PIN numbers and passwords and codes of different sorts, gaining access to someone’s personal information can be devastating for the victims. Lives are ruined due to identity theft. Taking every precaution to prevent that from happening is just as important as looking both ways before you cross the street.

 

So we’re taught to take precautions against identity theft and shred our documents. But what happens after the shredding takes place? Most people simply place the shredded documents in the paper recycling and think they’ve done enough. But that’s not necessarily the safest way to handle the shredded paper. Depending on the type of paper shredder used, the shreds have the possibility of being un-shredded. This is a process where a thief will take the shreds of paper and try to piece them back together again. There have been many examples of shredded documents being carefully reconstructed using the pieces from the trash. This is a time consuming process and a tedious process. Paper that has been shredded vertically and in long strips often can stick together in a form that looks nearly like parts of the original document. This can be un-shredded, although not easily,  and the information contained in the document can be used to recreate your identity. It is good to research the types of desk side shredders and to find a shredder that shreds completely and gets good user reviews. It is also a good idea to take the shredded document and dispose of it carefully. Recycle the pieces in separate bins or bags. Often it’s a good idea to take the shredded documents to the recycling center yourself and dispose of them in separate bins.

 

Another safe way to protect yourself from un-shredding is to use a document shredding service. Houston Shredding is one such service provider offering safe shredding and disposal of all documents. Document shredding services are often mobile and will come to your home to shred and dispose of your documents. The price of this is often offset by the piece of mind that comes from knowing your documents are shredded safely and disposed of securely.

 

It’s difficult to take every precaution to lead a safe and protected life. But there are ways to protect yourself from identity theft. Buy a confetti shredder. Use the shredder to shred your documents. Dispose of the documents carefully. And if you have questions or concerns, consult a professional document shredding company and use their services. It could save you a tremendous amount of time and money when it helps to protect your identity.

 

 

Worried about online theft? Think Paper Shredding…

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Worried about online theft? Think paper shredding

 

Identity theft is an ugly reality these days. It’s something that crosses most people’s minds on a daily basis in a variety of different ways. People question the security of the interactions they have on a daily basis. Is my online banking site secure? Should I access that banking site from the coffee shop using their unsecured network?  Is someone looking over my shoulder as I use my ATM card to withdraw some cash? When I bought that gift for my niece, was that site secure? People worry about safely moving through the world and the precautions we need to take to navigate that world safely change rapidly.

 

But here’s something to think about. All those cyber and computer transactions you worry about every day are NOT the basis for the majority of identity thefts. Online exchanges only about 9 percent of all identity thefts. What is the most common form of identity theft? Stealing paper documents and personal information.

 

So does it pay to be cautious and careful about where you plunk down your credit card information online? Yes. Should you type in your personal banking information using an unsecured network? Probably not the smartest thing for you to do. But the smartest thing you can do to protect yourself from identity theft is to take care of your paper documents. Call a Shredder and Shred them.

 

For a society that is trying to go paperless, there are still an awful lot of papers out there with our personal information on it. Receipts often have your name and credit card information on them. Bank statements have names and numbers that can be used to impersonate you. Your social security number can be found on a variety of different documents. Your children’s social security numbers can be found that way as well. These papers need to be safeguarded.

 

Many people tend to think that keeping papers in a file cabinet in their homes is keeping them safe.  That’s usually the case. But when thieves break into homes these days, they tend to take more than the big screen TV. They tend to take paper documents with personal information on them.

 

This is where a document shredder comes in. Every household should have a document shredder and everyone in that household should shred documents on a regular basis. Many people think it’s enough of a precaution to simply take the unwanted documents, such as junk mail solicitations for credit cards, and rip them in half or into quarters. A thief going the trash will have no trouble piecing that document back together and gathering your personal information. Paper shredding is a necessity these days.

 

Many people, in an effort to go paperless, are taking their documents and scanning them into their computers. When those documents are scanned, they should be shredded and then sent to the paper recycling.  This is the safest means of disposing of documents containing personal information.

 

Does it make sense to worry about online theft and to be cautious about how and where you give out your personal information? Of course. But be smart and safe about how your handle your personal documents as well. Chances are, not shredding those documents could cause you a great deal of trouble later if your identity is stolen.