Archive for July, 2014

Three Suspects Arrested in Connection with Mail Fraud

Wednesday, July 30th, 2014

Three suspects were arrested in California for embezzlement in connection with mail fraud. Mail fraud continues to be a growing concern nationwide.
According to the article, the main thing to remember is if you are waiting for a piece of mail, such as new credit card, check, pin number or other personal information and it doesn’t seem to arrive immediately you must contact law enforcement. If you think you may be a victim of identity theft or fraud make sure to contact law enforcement immediately.
The suspects were also accused of stealing credit cards from unlocked cars. Make sure your cars are always locked and your valuables are not left for would be thieves to steal.

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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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Who Is the Biggest Risk To Your Company’s Security?

Wednesday, July 2nd, 2014

When protecting against a data breach, ever wonder who the biggest risk to your company’s security may be? Well, according to an information security risk survey, believe it or not, it’s Senior Management. When asked, many admitted that they email or upload secure documents to servers or clouds and some even take information with them when they leave companies. Many have even admitted to sending the wrong information along to personal emails.
So what does this mean for companies? If your information ends up in the wrong hands, depending on the sensitivity of the information, results could be catastrophic. On the bright side, employees that reported to not sending sensitive information electronically said they did not because it was against company policy. Annual review of company policy is always good practice.