Shredding Services Houston – What Should I Shred?

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You have the ability to become a proactive participant in shielding your sensitive or personal data from thieves. You can and should begin the practice of shredding documents that come to your home’s mailbox. When you shred your family’s documents, you are making the job of a potential identity thief a little harder. You are empowering yourself to be more in control of the security of sensitive information that would be gold to these types of criminals.

If you purchase a document shredder for your home office, make sure it is a cross cutter type. They are said to be the best form overall in that they will slice the document into confetti. This type of document cutter isn’t exactly fool proof, but allows you the closest thing to it. Shredded documents will bring you a feeling of being more secure when you reach the curb of your home to park your garbage bin. These thieves are hoping that you won’t take the time to shred your documents, leaving yourself vulnerable to them and their tactics.

There are several types of mail you need to shred after they arrive and you have retrieved the needed information from them. Any documents that may have your personal data such as your Social Security number or Date of birth, are not good un-shredded and in your trash. They are sure to give those thieves the records they would need to assume your identity or even establish credit under your name.

It is a good idea to shred any other letters or correspondence that may come to your home that even has your name and address information. Any literature containing your account numbers such as statements or receipts would need to be shred as soon as you can. Those documents that include your user names and log in information are not to be left out of the shredding process.

Even if you have partial account numbers that doesn’t make them safe, the full account number can be put together or verified from other information. It is the account numbers for your bank accounts, credit cards, and even your utility bills that make you vulnerable for this type of theft.

Shred all documents that have the ability to identify you and your family. Shred any credit card offers from potential creditors. If they are sending you too many offers you have the right to call them directly to ask to be taken off of their solicitation listing.

You can contact one of the three major credit bureaus to subscribe to be placed on the “Opt-Out” program which allows you to completely stop all credit card offers permanently or for five years at a time. This law was created under the Fair Credit Reporting Act or FCRA, to give businesses a listing of those consumers who have decided they no longer wish to receive any more credit offers.

This is a great way to reduce or stop all offers from coming to your home leaving you less susceptible to identity thievery from your mail. This type of mail is considered by most to be junk mail, but don’t be naïve to think that it isn’t useful to some criminal because it actually is very valuable to them. The bar code will link them to your information if they retrieve it. In all, it is best to say that you should shred all mail that is no longer of any use to you, but might help you become a victim of identity theft.

On-Site Shred is a Houston shredding service that provides secure certified on-site shredding.

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