The Wastebasket is Your Enemy; Professional Shredding Services are Your Friend

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The Wastebasket is Your Enemy; Professional Shredding Services are Your Friend

It’s normal to just put things in a wastebasket when you don’t need them anymore. However, with identity theft and data breaches, you have to be very conscious of what goes into the wastebasket now and forever.

Look into your garbage can. If you see any documents, STOP, there is a problem. Paper documents are a big source of stolen information and identities. They should never go into the regular trash, here’s why.

You have a legal and ethical obligation to protect your personal information, the information of your business, clients and your employees. Failure to do so could lead to significant fines and sanctions, not to mention the loss of confidence from your clients. That confidential information is on more paper documents than you may realize.

Statistics tell us that private and confidential information is on half of the documents we use every day in our personal and business lives. The average worker uses 10,000 sheets of paper per year. 45% of every document printed each day is disposed of that very same day. You need to make sure that every piece of paper you, or any of your staff, are throwing away is shredded first to protect that private information.

The easiest way to do that is to have a professional shredding service in place. When you outsource the destruction of your documents, the shredding company will provide you with locked security containers to dispose of your documents instead of a wastebasket. Require that every piece of paper in your office being thrown away be placed in a secure container for professional shredding. That way you will have eliminated the chance of that information falling into the wrong hands.

The right professional document shredding company will work with you to put together a shredding program. They will create one that meets your needs and takes into consideration the volume of paper used in your office. This is in addition to the frequency that will be necessary for them to come to your office to empty and shred the contents.

FileShred is a locally owned and operated shredding company that services the document shredding needs of residents and businesses in Connecticut. They will be happy to help you with any document shredding need you may have. Give them a call, or complete the inquiry form below, and they will contact you.