Posts Tagged ‘shred’

“My Medical Records Were Found Lying in the Park”

Wednesday, September 24th, 2014

Imagine you’re walking through a parking lot and came across a pile of papers scattered on the ground. You take a look and notice they are medical records. You look closer and they are YOUR medical records, just hanging between a Buick and a Prius. How did they get there? Doesn’t your hospital shred their records? Check out this story out of Ireland. Here’s to hoping American hospitals are a bit more compliant.

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8 Things You Should Shred Right Now!

Wednesday, June 18th, 2014

You can never be too safe when it comes to protecting your identity. Here is a reminder of things that you really should shred, NOW!

Old Tax Returns – keep them for 3 or 4 years. Then you should be safe to shred, unless you’re suspected of fraud – eek!

Old Bank Statements – keep to verify balances and transactions, then they are safe to shred. It is also a good idea to have them emailed to avoid the risk of them being stolen from your mailbox.

Credit Card Offers – either take advantage of the offer or shred it right away. Don’t want someone else opening up a card in your name.

Old Photo IDs – if you dispose of them, make sure they are shredded! Remember the old licenses had your social security number on them.

Pay Stubs – there is so much information on your pay stubs that would be criminals could benefit from – last deposit amount, health insurance info, place of employment, etc.

Convenience Checks – I can’t believe they still mail these. Use them right away or shred them!

Cancelled Checks – Remember, your account info is still on these checks even if you write VOID.

Cancelled Credit Cards – Remember to cut the magnetic strip with the encoded info!

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Medical Records Found in Dumpster by Florida Pharmacy

Wednesday, June 11th, 2014

More medical records were dumped by a pharmacy in a dumpster in Florida. The patient’s records contained names, phone numbers, addresses, social security numbers and medications. According to Florida Board of Health, medical records are not allowed to be disposed of in this way. It is suggested that records containing patient information be shredded or burned. This incident is being examined by the Florida Department of Health.

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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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