November 27, 2012
Document Destruction, Houston
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
January 11, 2012
Document Destruction, Houston
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.
February 3, 2011
Anything Houston, Funny & Random
Valentine’s Day is quickly approaching Houston! And what better way to say I love you more than secure document shredding! On-Site Shred wants to be part of your Valentine day success! Is your Valentine tired of getting the same dozen roses every year? Imagine their joy when they find you have arranged to have their most loved documents protected by shredding! We will be offering two different packages for this very special day.
Option 1 – The Valentine’s Day Destruction – Our trained document destruction specialist will arrive on site and recite to your Valentine
”Roses are red,
Violets are blue,
someone thinks all day and night,
about protecting you!
Option 2 – The Shredmance Package – contains everything in Option 1 and also includes a box of Sweethearts!
Operators are standing by, call today to reserve your Valentine’s day secure document destruction!
June 27, 2010
identity theft houston, Shredding services
What sets an individual apart? It is his or her identity. We take many precautions to safe guard our identity. But why is this safeguarding necessary? How does a person’s identity get compromised? What causes this? And what are the effects? In this article we aim to answer these questions and bring upon awareness for the prevention of identity theft.
To start with, one must understand what compromising identity can do. A person’s identity consists of his personal, financial, and social details. A number of documents that one owns contain references to this information. A person’s social security number, passport details, travel details, credit history and such reveal the credibility of an individual. Identity pirates steal this information from improperly disposed documents. Such stolen information can be used to assume the identity of the individual and misappropriate funds, make unauthorized purchases, create hoaxes and panic. The unfortunate victim is left with the disgrace and disrepute.
An information pirate could be anybody from a spiteful neighbor to a business rival or it could be a complete stranger seeking to benefit from using your personal information. No matter what the reason for the theft, ultimately it destroys the victim’s reputation. One who is affected by such an act of piracy is left feeling the blow of the blame. Businesses lose client and credibility and individuals lose their reputation and standing in the society.
Once reputation is lost one finds it difficult to find new clients, jobs or even apply for a loan. This stress the point that proper disposal of the documents is essential for peace of mind. The proven method of disposal of documents is to shred. To shred one’s document is to prevent identity theft. Shredded documents ensure disposal by finely chopping the document and the resulting mass of shredded paper can be sent for recycling without the worry of information getting stolen.
Numerous movies have elucidated the fact that personal information stolen from faulty disposal is used by the information thieves to pose as the victim and participate in illegal activities. A victim of this nature also suffers from loss of trust and creates dangerous situations. Though the case might seem extreme, it is one’s duty to protect one self, one’s family and clients from embarrassment. It is one’s duty towards one’s family, client and country to prevent theft of this nature.
So shred to safeguard one’s life, livelihood and relations. Let us shred to curb opportunistic thieving of private information.
On-Site Shred is a secure mobile document destruction company providing shredding in Houston Texas
June 15, 2010
Houston, Shredding Services Houston
Secure information – Use Document shredding
A great deal of attention is paid to secure important data while they are still in use. We password protect electronic documents, lock important files in safes and create privacy policies. Once we are done with the documents and are ready to discard them do we pay as much attention to their disposal?
You might be surprised to know that improper disposal of documents leads to theft of important and private information that they still contain. Whether it is a phone bill or a service contract, they contain personal or important client information that need safeguarding from prying eyes. Individuals and businesses are aware of the need for safe disposal of the documents. This is where Houston document shredding comes into play.
In Houston homes there are numerous bills, credit card statements, personal letters, old videos that contain personal details like social security number, credit card numbers, passwords, addresses, etc., that may be misused. Frauds are committed by information thieves that could affect the victim’s credit ratings, financial status, and reputation. Misuse of important credit details might cause the victim to lose their both financially and lose further credit opportunities due to bad ratings. This would create considerable stress in lifestyle and make uncertain one’s future.
Imagine the plight of a Houston business that cuts a sorry face to its client due its negligence and accidental leakage of client’s private data caused by the improper disposal of used documents. Documents carelessly discarded, is the same as business thrown away. Once information has leaked of a company’s contract rival companies can make competent offers and snag businesses away. A company is also liable to lose its reputation with the people they service if they unwittingly compromised private details of the client, thereby losing the client as well.
Privacy laws and right protection methods adopted by many countries help in curbing this theft to an extent. However the real responsibility of safeguarding and thereby preventing loss of information lies with individuals and companies. On-Site Shred ensures complete destruction of documents. It is reassuring to note that shredding gives the guarantee that information cannot be accessed from the documents.
Other than paper documents one also needs to carefully discard other forms of documents carefully. Information is also stored in the form of CDs, DVDs, videos, ID cards, old credit cards, etc. Used computers also contain personal information which when discarded can be read and misused. Purging files alone does not ensure data protection. These disks must also be shredded to prevent misuse.
Shredding is the best way to protect secure information. It is not only the best method but also the safest.
June 3, 2010
Document Destruction, Houston
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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.
June 2, 2010
Houston, Paper Shredding
Identity frauds are the growing concern of the information world today. We are already aware of the different means adopted by identity thieves for tapping into personal information that is sent electronically. However research has shown that identity frauds and business espionage are committed more from the information stolen from traditional paper based documents rather than electronic media. An individual’s credit rating and reputation are compromised, as are those of family members and business associates.
Strict laws are in place to punish identity thieves and law makers use efficient tracking methods to bring offenders to justice. These are always a step too late for the victims. So prevention is not just the best policy but it should be the only policy. Shredding documents helps eliminate this problem. Document shredding ensures that the paper based documents are kept from falling into the wrong hands. Shredded documents are impossible to reattach protecting the information the page contained.
Homes and Businesses alike accumulate document that need to be destroyed due to a number of factors. May be the information has turned outdated or you might have converted to an electronic media for storage or it might just be to make more space. The only safe method of discarding documents is to shred them, be it credit card or phone bills at home or delicate customer information.
Even a noble idea of recycling paper waste might impact your reputation or your business. Crumpling paper to discard, leaves open the sensitive information it contains at the mercy of thieves and competitors alike. Information thieves are not above dumpster diving. Shredded documents can be segregated for recycling instead. This ensures security as the document cannot be pieced together a second time.
Document shredding is not restricted to the print media. It extends to discarded CDs, hard drives, diskettes, DVDs, film, ID badges, X-rays, Binders, credit cards, video tapes and the list is endless. Any number of things that have out lived their use may contain a lot of personal information.
Professional shredding services are available to take on a bulk of work. This enables to save precious time and helps increase employee productivity. A professional service also eliminates time spent on segregating paper from binders. And it is fuss free and takes care of the hassle of dedicating valuable employee time. Most services offer onsite shredding that enable you to witness firsthand that your documents are indeed destroyed.
With importance of protecting private information and client interests being foremost in our minds shredding has come as an answer to a disturbing problem.
April 14, 2010
Houston, On-Site Shredding in the Press, Paper Shredding
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Advantages of document shredding or paper shredding
Identity thefts are one of the greatest concerns, today, all around the world. There is constant news of misuse of personal information coming from across the globe. Electronic medium of disbursing information is constantly revising their privacy policies and introducing high levels of encryption for their data. However, information theft is not local to the electronic media alone.
It would be surprising to note that majority of information thefts and business espionage still happen from the traditional paper documents. Disposal of these documents is now in focus as they contain plenty of sensitive information that could be misused. We are now aware that misuse of private information can lead to loss of respect and trust. These are recognized as the basis of businesses. Therefore, the focus now is not just on document disposal but efficient document disposal.
The most sought after method of document disposal is document shredding or paper shredding. Shredding of documents ensures that the important pages are turned into a mass of meaningless confetti. Shredders are a must in all businesses to protect the identity of client or their products.
It would be most disappointing to find that your competitor has gotten hold of your businesses’ new proposal data. Or there has been a leak from your client database. It would be embarrassing to have to inform your client or employee of the unfortunate leak of their private data. It would cause the personnel working for you and the client to distrust you in the future. A client might withdraw a contract or not approach you for further work.
Business espionage counts on your negligence to properly discard your documents for obtaining access to company secrets. It can result in great financial and client base loss if your competitor out quotes you. Many times one might throw suspicion on trustworthy employees when the mistake would be on sheer negligence. Such situations cause a bad taste on the part of the company and leave the employee displeased. A displeased employee may either show low productivity or might leave for a different job.
Such unpleasant situations can be prevented by adopting proper paper shredding methodologies. A safe disposal system guarantees a business against loss of personnel, finance and safe guard’s client details.
February 17, 2010
Houston, Paper Shredding
Document Shredding – Types of Documents to Shred
The world faces extreme challenges of terrorism, and identity thefts are becoming a menace that is abused frequently in terror acts. As a citizen of this world one has to take responsibility for the correct disposal of documents. There is now greater awareness for the need to shred documents.
Paper documents are readily recognizable documents that require shredding. This is already practiced in many organizations. We immediately think of legal organizations when we think of paper shredding. These images have been ingrained in our memory by the frequent use of such scenes in movies. However, it is a misconception that shredding is exclusive to such high level firms and their documents. Among this list of misconceptions is the kind of documents to be shred. Paper documents are not the only kind of documents that need to be disposed by shredding.
To understand the types of documents to be shred, one must first acquire an understanding of the different types of personal documents and the different media that is used for its storage. Personal and private documents range from contact details to details of medical treatments. It begins with the many recognized details of a person’s or client’s contacts. It extends from this to the project records, training manuals, presentation materials, home videos, medical scans, x-rays, treatment records, and many more.
The Medias used are not restricted either. It definitely starts with paper documents, IDs, credit cards, ATM cards, ID cards, x-ray sheets, CDs, DVDs, cassettes, Microfilm, film, prototypes, product samples, computer backups, hard disks, casino chips, money, lottery tickets, checks, pill bottles, misprints, clothing, shoes, toys, recalled items, and many more.
The media ranges from paper, plastics and metals. Any disposing of these materials must be done by the responsible shredding of the documents. Shredding and incinerating of the media makes them theft proof.
February 7, 2010
Houston, Paper Shredding
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The paper shredders that are available today, are used widely in homes and offices for destroying various kinds of documents. These paper shredders are useful in cutting paper into very fine strips or chips so that there are no visible traces of the content on these documents. The shredding benefits of paper are used widely by different government organizations, business and private enterprises and even individuals. Shredding has become one of the best ways to destroy the private papers like credit card bills, bank statements and other private or sensitive documents that are confidential. Shredding of these documents also helps in reducing the risks of identity thefts.
The history of the paper shredder goes back to almost a century ago. The first paper shredder had been invented by the prolific Abbot Augustus Low from Horseshoe New York. At that time the device to destroy these paper documents was known as the ‘waste paper receptacle’ and it had also been patented. This device provided a better way of improving the methods of paper disposable and waste paper. The patent had been filed on the 2nd of February, 1909 and the patent for the same was received on the 31st of August with the patent number 929,960. But the invention of Augustus was never manufactured.
Then the paper shredder by Adolf Ehinger was made. This shredder had been based on the popular pasta maker and it had been manufactured in Germany in 1935. It is said that Aodlf had to shred some of his anti Nazi propaganda so that inquiries from the authorities could be avoided. The shredder had been marketed to various government and financial agencies. This device was then converted from hand crank to electric motor. The first cross-cut paper shredders had been made in the year 1959 by EBA Maschinenfabrik, which was owned by Adolf. The company continues to make paper shredders till date in the name of EBA Krug & Priester GmbH & Co. in Balingen.
The U.S embassy in Iran would use strip cut paper shredders for shredding paper. Till the 1980’s the use of paper shredders had been used mainly by non government institutions. After the 1984 judgment of the Supreme Court, where the court stated that the fourth amendment does not prohibit the warrant-less seizure of garbage from homes, the use of these paper shredders became more popular and are used widely now.
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