Posts Tagged ‘shredding’

Identity Theft Still Number 1 Consumer Complaint

Wednesday, March 18th, 2015

As thieves continue to try to hack sites and steal your identity, make sure you know how to protect yourself and your identity.
The most common way thieves misuse your information is from government records. Credit card theft continues to be on the rise. Americans between the ages of 20 and 60 are the biggest targets. Florida was the state to files the most complaints.
Sharing your Social Security number is the easiest way for would be thieves to gain access to your identify.
Shredding all records with your Social Security number and personal information and limiting the number of agencies that have access to your information is the best way to limit your risk of identity theft.

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Why Small Businesses need a Shredding Service

Wednesday, October 1st, 2014

Many clients say they don’t think they need to outsources their shredding. Typical responses include, “We don’t have anything to shred” , “We don’t really shred much stuff”, “We just shred everything in our office shredder”, “We choose to recycle our paper”. For those that are skeptical check out this document written by NAID. It is a great piece highlighting the benefits of our sourcing shredding.

Why small offices should use a shredding service

Why You Should Consider Outsourcing Your Shredding.

Wednesday, July 16th, 2014

When shredded paper ends up in the trash, it’s like you are telling thieves what to take. Identity theft and data breaches still top the charts when it comes to leading crimes. So while you are taking steps towards protecting yourself and your company from such theft, make sure you are doing all you can to avoid a possible disasters.

Most office shredders simply shred paper into strips making it easy to reconstruct the original document and since most office shredders only have a small holding capacity you will be disposing the shredded paper in small batches, also facilitating the reconstruction of private documents.

When shredding companies shred paper, the documents are destroyed in large industrial shredders that cross cut or pulverize the paper making it near impossible to reconstruct. The paper is then comingled meaning it is mixed with thousands of other pounds of paper making it even more impossible to reconstruct documents. Since Highland Shredding bales and recycles all shredded paper it then goes directly to recycling plants and never to trash or landfills yet another step in the protection of your documents.

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Highland Shredding Receives NAID AAA Certification

Wednesday, June 25th, 2014

Highland Shredding is pleased to announce that we have received our AAA Certification from NAID, The National Association for Information Destruction. Although Highland Shredding has always been a member of NAID and followed all the safe shredding practices that go along with the AAA Certification, we now have the seal to match our promise.

What does AAA Certified mean? The independent watch dog agency for the
shredding industry, NAID, has put our company through a rigorous examination by a certified independent auditor to check that our policies, documents, manuals, employment records, logs and security materials meet the NAID standard, which is the gold standards in shredding. Both our On-site and plant equipment and procedures were inspected by the auditor to ensure the highest level of security and safety is being upheld. AAA Certified companies are subject to annual announced and unannounced audits in order for us to maintain certification.

When choosing your shredding vendor, a AAA Certification from NAID is the Gold Standard. Make sure to choose the Gold Standard in Shredding.

Following Best Practices For Disposing of Electronic Data

Wednesday, May 21st, 2014

According to a new report released by Iron Mountain and TechTarget, companies have room for improvement when it comes to disposing of electronic data. Although companies have the best intentions, to destroy data to protect against security breaches, they should make sure they are following best practices. Some of the top tips are here:

-Establish a defensible, documented, and repeatable process to prepare, handle or transport, and destroy the data that resides on electronic media.

-Improve audit readiness using workflows that include security personnel assigned to monitor the destruction process.

-Ensure media scheduled for offsite destruction is securely transported with dedicated routes, thoroughly vetted drivers and a well-documented chain-of-custody.

-Avoid inadvertent disclosures by destroying sensitive or unencrypted data in the right manner at the right time.

-Establish methodologies that ensure reliability and consistency from collection through final destruction of end-of-life IT assets.

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Veteran Records to be Shredded Found Strewn Across Quincy Neighborhood

Wednesday, May 14th, 2014

According to Quincy Police, private veteran records that were picked up by local company, Shred King, to be shredded were found strewn about the Massachusetts city. Surveillance video recorded from behind Quincy High School shows an object falling off the back of a white box truck. The documents contained personal information including social security numbers and benefit claims. Most of the victims are deceased however those that are still living will be contacted about the breach. The breach occurred last month.
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Protecting Yourself from the Number One Fastest Growing Crime: Identity Theft.

Wednesday, April 23rd, 2014

Identity theft continues to be the fastest growing crime in America. Being a victim of identity theft can be devastating for your credit, family, and bank account. It is important to take the necessary precautions to prevent identity theft. The number one way to prevent identity theft is to protect your personal information, of course. This link shares some great strategies for preventing identity theft.
Shredding your personal information is the best way to prevent thieves from gathering information from your trash or landfills. Make sure it is shredded in a cross cut shredder. Also, make sure to order a credit report at least once a year to monitor activity on your social security number. This site suggests ordering a report twice a year. Everyone is entitled to a free report yearly; make sure you take advantage of it!
Be smart about who you give your information to. If a caller seems fishy, call the company yourself. If it’s a credit card company or bank, call the number on your card or bank statement to verify they are the ones calling you. Thieves are sneaky, sneaky! They can even duplicate logos and signatures to make emails look legitimate so NEVER provide personal information through email.

For more tips check out this site. This is only one of many sources to help you become and informed consumer and protect yourself against identity theft.

Is Big Business Always Better Business? Know Who You’re Doing Business With

Tuesday, April 15th, 2014

A business is only as strong as its weakest employee, something to consider when doing business with any brand of business. Dining at a new restaurant and your experiences can be shaped by the service you received by your waitress. Renovating your house and your satisfaction may be contingent on the quality of work and attention to detail. Even the teller at your local bank shapes your perception of your bank, be it a local bank or national mega bank. Good employees stand out but bad employees can leave a black eye on the whole business itself.
Chances are, the larger the businesses the great chance for bad employees to slip through the cracks. When a business is no longer directly managed by the owner or president or someone directly invested in the livelihood of the business, that personal touch that a hands on owner has is usually lost. Large, multibillion dollar corporations hire thousands of employees so what are the chances that every single employee is hand selected and groomed by the owner himself?
A Cintas driver is under investigation for stealing documents that were supposed to be shredded. How well is Cintas scanning their new hires and what level of background check are they performing? Assuming that the Cintas owner doesn’t know, or interact with each and every employee its no wonder a bad egg is stinking up its whole reputation.
This is not to say that small businesses don’t have the potential for hiring bad employees but, knowing your employees is the first line of defense against such situations. When the owner of a business takes the time to forge relationships with each of his employees there is a trust that is built. Just something to think about the next you are choosing who you’ll do business with. Maybe big name businesses are not always the name to trust.

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Recycling Electronics vs. Shredding: What’s the Risk?

Wednesday, March 26th, 2014

These days, reuse, reduce, recycle is no longer a motto but a way of life. You could search online for ways to upcycle just about anything from grocery store bags to mismatched socks to your outdated electronics. Finding a place to recycle your items is as easy as ever; drop your old cell phone off in the receptacle at Target, bring old computers to your community recycling day. Convenience is a way of life and everything is disposable. But, with this new, more convenient way of living comes more inconveniences. No more pressing a delete button and erasing a file. Emails, texts, and electronic information seem to live on forever, impossible to destroy. So, what exactly happens when you recycle your electronics? Does your stored personal information get erased from the device? We would like to trust that it does. But, this new study out of NAID Australia sheds new light on the idea.

NAID, The National Association for Information Destruction performed an audit of 52 independently purchased hard drives from online sites such as Ebay. What they found might shock you and make you reconsider how your dispose of your own electronics data.

The 52 hard drives were examined by forensic investigators and about 30 percent still contained personal and/or confidential information. Some of the information found was highly confidential. It appeared that the information had been attempted to be deleted but was done so unsuccessfully.

It is a wonderful idea to recycle your electronics; however, there is a very real risk that your personal information may live on if the device is not properly wiped.

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Medical Records Containing Personal Information Found in Dumpster

Monday, October 7th, 2013

Medical Records with patients personal information such as name, address, social security number were found in a dumpster behind a Family Dollar store in Florida. The files were did not appear to be shredded when the Family Dollar store worker found them in the dumpster. Full Article