Archive for August, 2014

Three Things You Might Not Have Known About Shredding Before Reading This Blog

Wednesday, August 27th, 2014

The first paper shredder was patented by a New York inventor in 1909. It was designed to be a “waste paper receptacle” as a means to improve disposing of waste paper, though it was never manufactured. Almost 30 years later hand crank shredders gained popularity when Germany used them to shred anti-Nazi propaganda. These shredders were then marketed to government agencies.

Paper shredders gained popularity in the US after the Supreme Court decision in California v. Greenwood ruled that a search warrant is not needed to search and seize trash left outside of a home. Once it hits the curb its no longer personal property.

Iran used local carpet weavers to reconstruct shredded documents by hand. These documents were later released in a series of books called “Documents from the US espionage Den”.

Paper Shredding has come a long way over the decades. Today it is not only used by the government. Most Americans shred at least some of their personal documents. Unlike the old strip shredders, most shredding companies’ use cross shredders or pulverizes to destroy documents.

Identity Theft Risks Lurk in Your Kid’s Backpack

Wednesday, August 20th, 2014

The summer has been great, beach, pool, cookouts and vacations, all the things we look forward to during the cold, snowy winter months. As summer winds down, many of us are beginning to shift gears to the back to school routine. What is more exciting for kids than picking out new back to school clothes and deciding between the hottest style backpacks? Though parents beware! It’s what goes in those backpacks that could be disastrous in the wrong hands. Thieves would love to get their hands on keys, ID badges, cell phones and other electronics. Here are some tips to help keep your personal information personal.
Smart Phones: Remind your children to not store passwords and personal information in the Notes App.
Electronics: Remove one touch purchasing from electronics to avoid a huge bill if stolen.
ID’s and Name tags: Use your office address instead of home address.

Check out this article for more tips on keeping kids identity safe for back to school.

‘Staggering’ data breach of 1.2B usernames and passwords could worsen: Expert

Wednesday, August 13th, 2014

It seems like every day there are news stories unveiling data breaches. Cyber crime is on the rise and anyone using the internet is at risk. Conducting business and everyday tasks are made simpler by options such as buying, banking, and billing online but of course there is a risk. New recommendations are made continually to help protect consumers from personal information being compromised.
Check out this article: Staggering’ data breach of 1.2B usernames and passwords could worsen: Expert
Best advice from the article is to refresh your password often and don’t rely on the same password for multiple sites especially for bill paying sites such as bank or credit cards.

Odds Are One in Three That You Will Be a Data Breach Victim at Some Point.

Wednesday, August 6th, 2014

According to a study by National Consumers League (NCL) and Javelin Strategy & Research the odds of becoming a victim of identity fraud has increased to one in three. That is up from 2010’s one in nine odds. Thieves are gathering information by hacking into computers. They are no longer relying on stealing from mail boxes or dumpster diving. Once information is stolen in a data breach it is then sold on the black market. There were over 110 million individuals affected by the Target data breach. Sometimes thieves wait to use the newly acquired information so even if you think your information has not been compromised there is still a possibility it has. If your credit card has been stolen you may not see large, out of state purchases being made. Thieves are becoming clever, using your card to make several small in state purchases as not to raise immediate flags.
Check out the source for more information.