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All Shredding is not Destroying

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All shredding is not destroying.  It comes as a big surprise to most people that if they hire a mobile shredding company that their documents may not be destroyed.  The easiest and safest way to protect yourself and your clients is to look at the shred.  At On-Site Shred we use state-of-the-art pulverizing shredding technology.  We are so proud of our shred we have windows on the side of the truck so our clients can see our shredded product.

An investigation has been launched after it  emerged that confidential police records – including documents about Mitt  Romney’s motorcade – were used as confetti at the Thanksgiving Day parade in New  York City.

 

The shredded documents rained down on thousands of parade-goers who lined the  streets to watch the parade near Central Park on New York’s Upper West Side on  Thursday.

Closer inspection revealed that the shredded strips of paper were still  readable and contained details about serving police officers, including their  names, social security numbers and bank details as well as references to crimes  that took place in the area.

The documents appear to have originally belonged to the Nassau County Police  Department, which polices parts of Long Island, just outside New York City.

Some of the confetti strips include references to former Republican  presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s motorcade, presumably related to the fact  that the second presidential debate took place at Hofstra University in Nassau  County last month.

Ethan Finkelstein, a university student, was watching the parade when he and  a friend noticed a strip of confetti on her coat.

He told the Pix11 television news channel: “It landed on her shoulder, and it  says ‘SSN’ and it’s written like a social security number, and we’re like,  ‘That’s really bizarre.'”

Mr Finkelstein, 18, said he and his friends picked up other pieces of  confetti and found more apparent police records.

“There are phone numbers, addresses, more social security numbers, license  plate numbers and then we find all these incident reports from police.

“I’m just completely in shock. How could someone have this kind of  information, and how could it be distributed at the Thanksgiving Day Parade?”  Inspector Kenneth Lack, from the Nassau County Police Department, said: “The  Nassau County Police Department is very concerned about this situation. We will  be conducting an investigation into this matter as well as reviewing our  procedures for the disposing of sensitive documents.”

It was, however, suggested that the confetti had perhaps been thrown from a  window overlooking the parade route.

A spokesman for Macy’s,  the parade’s sponsor, said that they used: “commercially manufactured,  multicoloured confetti, not shredded paper.”

Read more:  http://www.businessinsider.com/macys-parade-confetti-contained-shredded-police-secrets-2012-11#ixzz2DUBlBPfB

Recycling without destroying = Liability

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Everyone has turned on the local news to see some local company that improperly discarded client’s files in the dumpster.  Most of the time it is an employee who did not receive the proper training.  It comes down to poor business practices.  Another poor business practice is recycling without destroying.  We see it on a daily basis.  Loading docks all over the city with unlocked recycling bins waiting for pick-up.  These recycling bins are filled with company proprietary information along with their client’s personal and confidential information.  Any individual walking the street has complete and legal permission to rifle through these containers and take whatever they find.  Pretty scary right?  Not as scary as what the recyclers do with the contents of those bins.

Recyclers tell their clients that when paper is recycled it is destroyed during the process.  This is true.  What recyclers do not tell their clients is the route the paper takes to be recycled.  Recyclers will send their transfer trucks around the city to collect paper deposited in their containers.  The transfer trucks return to their facilty where they unload the paper into the balers.  Information is baled fully intact and staged for shipment.

China and Mexico are the largest purchasers of raw material to be recycled.  That is correct, those bales with company and personal information land on the docks of foreign countries perfectly intact.  You are probably saying “there has to be laws against such things!”  We have many laws on how sensative information is to be maintainted and destroyed.  From HIPAA, Gramm-Leech-Bliley, FACTA, Sarbanes-Oxley and the Texas Business Commerce Code, regulators have worked hard to protect the consumer.  The fact is that many companies believe they are destroying because they have not been given the correct information in regards to recycling.  There are plenty of good companies for Houston shredding services.  Please visit http://www.naidonline.org/ to find a directory of companies.  Shredding is very cost effective and not only protects your company, but it protects your clients who have put their trust in you.

On-Site Shred is a local Veteran owned mobile document destruction firm.  Serving Greater Houston and the surrounding areas;  On-Site Shred performs pulverized shredding and issues a certificate of destruction with every job.

It’s 9 o’clock Houston. Do you know where your documents are?

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The start of a new year brings new resolutions.  What better time to address information management and secure shredding services in Houston Texas!  Did you know that a recycling program is not the same as a destruction program.  Many of the recyclers will tell their clients that their information will be destroyed during the recycling process.  The question that should be asked is “Where do our documents go after the recycler picks them up?  Who has access to those documents?”  Most people are unaware that recyclers bale white paper perfectly intact and the bales are shipped overseas.  Shipping containers arrive from China packed with goods to be sold in the United States and are returned packed with recycled paper.  Those bales of paper and their contents find their way to Chinese ports.  Scared?  You better be.   Through the years China has been notorious with stealing proprietary information, Identity theft, and the biggest threat these days is cyber attacks.  Think of all the back doors that a team of hackers could discover into your network from discarded printed emails.  It’s happening thousands of times a day.  So as we embark on the New Year, be smart and let a Houston Shredding services company help you protect yourself, your company, and your clients.

Dallas county allows criminals to shred confidential documents

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DALLAS — Dallas County’s little-known community service program which lets convicted criminals sort and then shred confidential documents and personal information has come to an end after News 8 questioned the practice.
For more than a decade, parolees and probationers had been working off community service hours by destroying thousands of sensitive documents — including psychiatric exams of juveniles, copies of Social Security cards, birth certificates, court records, drug tests, and even medical records.
Many were clearly stamped “CONFIDENTIAL.”
One document reviewed by News 8 reads: “CONFIDENTIAL AND PRIVILEGED: This report is provided for your use ONLY. It should not be revealed to any person whatsoever — not even to the person(s) to whom it relates without the authorization of the court.”
Dallas County has ordered all of these documents to be destroyed, in keeping with its records retention policy. But neither the public nor many high-ranking county officials were aware that convicted criminals were handling the information.
At the minimum, this practice raises concerns of information security and identity theft. But experts said the county could face more serious scrutiny.
“This is serious,” said Matthew Yarbrough, a Dallas attorney who’s also a former federal prosecutor. “This is the sort of behavior or business process — even by the county — that is unacceptable.”
Dallas County could be liable, Yarbrough said, if anyone misuses the information.
Plus, having criminals handle medical records could mean Dallas County is violating federal privacy rights for medical records, known as HIPAA, Yarbrough added.
“Any convicted felon handling your personal patient information should be something that gives you pause,” he said.
Criminals have shred sensitive documents almost daily for the past decade at a run-down warehouse in the 4800 block of Harry Hines Boulevard.
The Community Service and Corrections Department, which organizes document destruction, goes through more than a half-million pounds of paper each year, the county revealed.
Who started the practice and why criminals were allowed to be around sensitive data remains uncertain.
“I just can’t believe that this has been going on,” said Dallas County Commissioner Maurine Dickey. She said the county should hire a professional shredding service.
“By not disposing these documents in an acceptable way brings a great deal of exposure to the county,” Dickey said.
Dallas County pointed out that the probationers and parolees are supervised whenever they are around the personal information, and no issue has ever arisen until one probationer recently smuggled out at least a dozen documents to expose the problem.
In addition to showing the information to News 8, the documents were also turned over to the district attorney’s office.
Days after News 8 started asking questions and brought this to light, County Judge Clay Jenkins took action and stopped the practice of criminals from putting their hands on such sensitive information.
“It’s important we protect the confidential data the people entrust the government with. Period. And we need to make sure we get that done right,” Judge Jenkins said.
He said he ordered an immediate review of the practice to determine how to protect this information in the future.

E-mail jwhitely@wfaa.com

Professional Houston Shredding Services

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Document shredding has been recognized as the efficient method for the disposal of documents. In homes shredding is cumbersome and inefficient. Businesses find it difficult to maintain a dedicated employee to perform the task of document shredding.

Most companies don’t generate the necessary volumes to warrant the use of dedicated personnel for shredding tasks. The employee in charge of maintaining the records is also required to perform the task of destroying them. This eats into the productivity time of the employee. It could also cause a stressed employee to lax on the proper shredding for documents leaving room for information theft.

This has led to the birth of a line of service that is dedicated to the shredding of documents. The professional Houston shredding services provide dedicated service of destroying documents. Through their secure document shredding services they provide businesses with the necessary protection for their information.

A professional shredding service offers a responsible way of document removal and destruction. The general method employed by these companies includes secure document retrieval, document removal, shred and disposal of the shredded materials in a clean and efficient manner.

Most professional shredding services provide offices with a secure bin which is maintained under lock and key, to deposit their documents into. An employee of the service then visits the office in his official truck that holds the shredding device in it. He uses his set of keys to securely remove the bag containing the documents that are inside the bin to the waiting truck. Then these documents are taken inside a locked and secured room inside the truck and shredded. The company can choose to supervise the process of shredding if they so choose. The service provider then issues a certificate of completion of shredding to the business. The shredding is done with high quality blades that turn all the documents into meaningless confetti thus ensuring proper destruction. These bales of paper are then sent for recycling and that fulfils your duty for environmental protection.

Without the use of these services a company is bound to lose valuable time and productivity can also be compromised. There are many such services available. Finally, a word of caution, businesses must consider the credentials, the trust policy of the service and proximity before handing over sensitive documents.

Shred for a Sense of Security

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Everyone’s feeling a bit more vulnerable these days. The economy is uncertain; jobs are less secure. Times are tough and people are wondering what they can do to protect themselves from all sorts of disasters – losing a job, losing health insurance, losing the savings they spent their lives accumulating. Unfortunately, people need to protect themselves from crimes as well. Incidences of theft tend to occur more often during tough economic times. And in our society today, that can mean identity theft.

 

How do people protect themselves in tough economic times? People have stopped spending as freely, only plunking down cash for things they really need. Luxury items will have to wait for better economic times. With people worried about job security and how to meet monthly bills, anxiety levels are elevating. What can be done to help alleviate that anxiety?

 

It’s always good, when feeling vulnerable, to take some steps to help yourself feel more protected. When facing the prospect of identity theft, it’s easy to blame the electronic age. People tend to think that most identity theft happens online – on your computer, with your bank, buying things with a credit card online. But the reality is that the most common form of identity theft happens the old fashioned way. Thieves go through your trash and your paper recycling. What are they looking for? Paper documents containing your personal and private information. These could be bank statements, credit card statements, and receipts from purchases. Thieves are looking for any pieces of information they can find to put together a profile of your personal information.

 

So if you’re trying to protect yourself from identity theft, what’s the best precaution to take? Experts will tell you that the best way to protect yourself is to shred your personal information. Shred your bank statements. Shred your credit card receipts. Shred your old documents, such as tax documents you no longer need, before they leave your possession.  A personal shredder is well worth the investment because it returns peace of mind. Using a document shredder on a regular basis means you are taking a giant step towards protecting yourself from having your identity stolen. Shredding is a proactive step, just like locking your car door or installing an alarm system.

 

What do you do if your intentions are good but your follow through needs work? There are those of us who, while we mean to do it, get behind on our document shredding. Facing an enormous pile of documents needing to be shredded can be an anxiety-producing situation. It’s always tempting to simply put the documents in the paper recycling or the trash and hope for the best. A better solution, and one that will help you sleep better at night, is to hire a paper shredding company. Many document shredding companies offer occasional services and can meet your needs for a one time shredding visit. You can also schedule shredding services on a regular basis.

 

When facing economic times that make you feel out of control, it’s a good feeling to be proactive and to know that you’re taking all the steps you can to protect yourself from identity theft. Shredding documents in a timely and safe fashion, and often trusting that task to the experts, is a great way to feel more protected.

Paper Shredding-Eliminating the Possibility of Identity Theft

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Shredding of documents is now a normal business approach of many people who want to protect their privacy. It helps them to completely destroy the confidential or important information that they no longer need, in order to eliminate a single opportunity of any kind of identity theft. However, it is a normal course in any business that when it experiences further growth, the amount of the documents that are confidential, increase and they need to be disposed properly to prevent personal equipments as well as information.

Therefore, it is safe to make use of these services as they are easy and effective. They help you to get rid of the old documents, meanwhile securing the confidential information. These services are extremely affordable. They make an excellent option to help your business in destroying the documents that are of no use to you. With this you can also contribute to the environment. As they recycle the products, hence they are able to prevent deforestation.

You can even opt for paper shredding to work in a more efficient and safer manner as well as healthy environment. It is a sure way, if you want to protect your documents and important information that it normally contains because it destroys the information before it become accessible to any outside person. It’s true that today trash cans have become the source of criminal element. This is why people want to look for the ways that can prove safer for them and their businesses.

Further, this aims at the overall protection from any intrusion. It is proved to be consistently effective. Now, if you are adopting a complete document destroying policy then know that it is committed to give you complete safety. It works brilliantly in an office environment in real terms. In addition, often a question strikes our minds that what if we opt for gage locks on dumpsters? The reason behind is that they are not very secure. In fact, you personal information can become more accessible to the thieves because a lock on a dumpster alerts them about something really significant and valuable inside. Hence, it is important to look for the more protected and professional ways to be able to handle the problems related to data and documents effectively. This makes a guarantee to prevent identity thefts and to ensure running of secure work business environment. Decide on them to avoid devastating consequences.

 

Identity Theft and Shredding

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Identity theft generally occurs when a person uses bits of information about a person, which is usually the person’s social security number, and uses that information to represent himself or herself as that particular person for cheating purposes. Examples of such cheating and fraudulent activities are very common. The fraudulent person may use these pieces of information to their advantage and obtain credit cards, loans, apartments, getting a cell phone, buying a house or car, etc and all this in someone else’s name. The number of victims facing experiencing such crimes is not a small number. A rough estimate puts the number of identity theft victims anything near the 700,000 mark.

It is very easy for criminals to get hold of the social security number of an individual. The social security number is used by most people as a proof of their identity and is used in universities, schools, libraries, insurance, banks, military, securities trading, etc. identity thieves scan through the garbage outside cafes, bars, restaurants, houses and business offices so that they can find the social security numbers of the individuals, as the social security number is being rampantly used in various places as proof of identity. As the paper in the garbage is generally not shred, just crushed up and thrown away, it is very easy to get the social security number. Once the miscreants get hold of the number, then there is no way stopping them from misusing that number for their own fraudulent motives.

There is another way of getting the social security number. Generally the thieves check the garbage outside offices, banks, mortgage companies and ATM counters, in search of loan slips or credit slips or ATM slips. Many of these documents also carry the social security number or the bank account number of the individual. Once the thieves get hold of either of the numbers, either they use it themselves or pass the information to some other thief or a group of thieves. All this happens because the slips are not shred. If the slips were shred, the thieves could do no harm, even if they go on sifting through the garbage all day.

So, it is very important that we all understand the importance of shredders and shredding. It is high time that all of us, be it an individual, a business house, banks, mortgage houses, cafes, restaurants or the law enforcing agencies, should understand the benefits of shredding and use it to safeguard our interests.

 

Professional Houston Shredding Services

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Document shredding has been recognized as the efficient method for the disposal of documents. In homes shredding is cumbersome and inefficient. Businesses find it difficult to maintain a dedicated employee to perform the task of document shredding.

Most companies don’t generate the necessary volumes to warrant the use of dedicated personnel for shredding tasks. The employee in charge of maintaining the records is also required to perform the task of destroying them. This eats into the productivity time of the employee. It could also cause a stressed employee to lax on the proper shredding for documents leaving room for information theft.

This has led to the birth of a line of service that is dedicated to the shredding of documents. The professional Houston shredding services provide dedicated service of destroying documents. Through their secure document shredding services they provide businesses with the necessary protection for their information.

A professional shredding service offers a responsible way of document removal and destruction. The general method employed by these companies includes secure document retrieval, document removal, shred and disposal of the shredded materials in a clean and efficient manner.

Most professional shredding services provide offices with a secure bin which is maintained under lock and key, to deposit their documents into. An employee of the service then visits the office in his official truck that holds the shredding device in it. He uses his set of keys to securely remove the bag containing the documents that are inside the bin to the waiting truck. Then these documents are taken outside to the truck and shredded on-site. The company can choose to supervise the process of shredding if they so choose. The service provider then issues a certificate of destruction of shredding to the business. The shredding is done with high quality blades that turn all the documents into meaningless confetti thus ensuring proper destruction. These bales of paper are then sent for recycling and that fulfils your duty for environmental protection.

Without the use of these services a company is bound to lose valuable time and productivity can also be compromised. There are many such services available. Finally, a word of caution, businesses must consider the credentials, the trust policy of the service and proximity before handing over sensitive documents.

 

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