August, 2014

August 28th, 2014

Hard Drive Destruction – A Must For Businesses

hard drive destructionWith the current buzz in Washington DC about crashing hard drives, lost emails, methods of backup storage, and information retrieval, concerns about hard drive security and durability have been on the minds of many Americans. One thing is certain. Computer hard drives can hold a lot of valuable information that others would like to see.

Does your company have a computer graveyard?
Surprisingly, many do. With identity and information theft being so prevalent today, old hard drives not properly destroyed can be a grave security risk for any company. Manufacturing secrets, innovative research results, and product development information needs to properly destroyed. Personnel records, credit card information, and customer lists would be of great value to the competition or an identity thief.

It is surprising how durable hard drives can be.
Police and other law enforcement agencies have the ability to get information off hard drives that the average person would think would be beyond retrieval. Unfortunately, identity thieves know this plain truth too.  Although they may not have the technology available to them that is available to law enforcement, they still have ways to get personal information that can be very damaging off of a hard drive.

Through the years, there have been many myths concerning hard drive destruction.  There’s the de-magnetization method works only if the magnet is strong enough, like the kind found on magnetic cranes used in junk yards for lifting cars.  Then there’s the acid bath, but of course, you need to find a safe way to apply and dispose of the acid.  Renting a sandblaster, incinerating, shattering with a hammer or using it as target practice might be somewhat effective, but not very safe or cost effective. Seriously, in today’s computer driven economy, companies have to have a safe, effective way to dispose of spent hard drives.

When choosing a hard drive sanitation or destruction service, go and visit the facility unannounced.  Make sure that the building is secure and that background checks are run on all employees. Ask to see or receive detailed information on the destruction process and ask if they are certified with a quality control agency like the National Association for Information Destruction.

For more information about safe and complete hard drive destruction, contact us today.


August 20th, 2014

Three Major Reasons to Hire a Paper Shredding Service

tampa-paper-shredding-servicesLet’s face it, we live in a world where you have to be really careful about what happens to your paperwork. People become victims of crime all the time due to improperly disposed of information.

Living in a world where it is hard to trust others should make you more willing to hire a reputable paper shredding service for your company. Hiring a local, Florida-based, customer focused team is key.

If you are in doubt about why you need a paper shredding service, here are three reasons you may want to consider:

  1. The main number one reason is protection for identity theft. If your company works with clients or customer’s personal information, you need to shred it. There are customers that will want to see the documents shredded. With on-site shredding you can place the documents in the secure lock boxes to be shredded and this will satisfy the customer’s anxiety about their personal paperwork getting into the wrong hands.
  2. It is simply cost effective. You will spend more money having individual desk shredders than you would hiring the paper shredding service. Each desk shredder that cuts in the criss cross pattern, like the shredding service truck will cost $100 a piece or more, depending on quality. If they break down, you have to buy another one. If they do not shred well, you will have to buy another one. Cost on top of cost does nothing to help your profit margin.
  3. If you work in/own a company has top secret documents, an onsite shredding company can make sure they are properly disposed of. The documents will be shredded once they are loaded into the shredding truck. You can even watch the process to be sure that the documents are being destroyed. Each truck processes hundreds of pounds of paperwork and uses the criss cross pattern to cut the paper more than once.

These are only to name a few of the reasons why on-site shredding is a wonderful idea for you and your company. On top of these valid reasons, Secure On-Site Shredding takes the paper shreds to be recycled. This helps to further destroy the document as well as protect the environment from any pollution the landfills produce from the breakdown of paper.

A paper shredding service can help you become a trusted loyal company. To get started just contact us and we will be happy to help you. Thank for visiting.

August 16th, 2014

Why Is Hard Drive Destruction Important?

orlando shredding hard driveSo you’ve updated your computer and now it’s time throw your old computer away. How should you go about disposing of your old PC or Mac? Well unfortunately we live in an age where cyber terrorists and hackers are a way of life. One of the worst things you can do is just throw your computer away as is. Banking info, private correspondence, almost anything is accessible to someone determined to steal your information. In a worst case scenario you could even have your whole Identity stolen.

So how should your computer be disposed off? Well the logical solution may seem to be to delete everything off of your computer;however this is simply not enough to keep the contents of your computer out of the wrong hands. There are often multiple places on your hard drive where data is stored and erasing the most obvious places doesn’t completely get rid of the data. The only sure way to make sure your private info stays private is to have your hard drive physically destroyed. We can take care of that, learn more on our Hard Drive Destruction page.

Hard Drive Destruction much like most things in life, is best left to the professionals. Sure, if you search long enough you will probably find a video or two on YouTube that demonstrates how to dispose of your hard drive at home, and someone with a natural affinity for electronics may be able to do so. However, for the majority of casual computer users it’s not worth the aggravation not to mention the chance that it doesn’t get done the right way. You are much better off hiring a paid professional. Hiring someone to destroy your hard drive for you not only ensures that the job gets done correctly, but an added benefit is that the dead hard drive then gets recycled properly.

When it comes to what is referred to in the industry as “Hard Drive Shredding” you have two options: On-Site and Off-Site. If you choose Off-Site your hard drive gets picked up and taken away for disposal. Would you trust someone to take your documents to their house and shred them for you, knowing that they could read any and all of them without you ever knowing? Well Off-Site hard drive shredding carries the same risk. Someone knowledgeable in computers could easily extract everything.

The benefit of hiring an On-Site service like Secure On-Site Shredding for your Hard Drive Destruction is that your hard drive will be destroyed on your property, in your presence. On-Site shredding is realy the only true way to achieve piece of mind when disposing of an old computer.

If you want to sleep soundly at night, choose On-Site.

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August 4th, 2014

Shred It: Because Identity Theft Rings Do Exist

shred it servicesCrime rings of all kinds are in the news on a regular basis. You hear about drug rings, gangs and all kinds of criminal groups every day when you turn on the television or read news stories online. However, the police in the State of Washington are on the hunt of a group of individuals they believe have been involved in a massive identity theft crime ring, according to an article on their local FoxNews website.

The man they believe to be in charge of the ring has had several identity theft convictions already, and now officials believe he’s actually been heading up a group of people he’s been training to do the same thing. Four people have been arrested so far, but police are still looking for more.

After talking with the individuals who have been arrested, detectives learned that the leader of the ring would send people out to get identifying information from people’s cars, mailboxes and even their homes. The information that was obtained was used to open credit cards, get new social security cards and make phony driver’s licenses. Many of these items were recovered during a search.

These types of stories are scary, but the reality is that identity theft is very real. That’s why many business are turning to on-site shredding solutions instead of just manually shredding their own documents or sending them out to be shredded. When business documents are professionally shredded on-site, business owners can rest assured that their personal information is safe.

If you own a business, you know that it’s one of your biggest investments. Here at Secure On-Site Shredding, it’s our goal to help you protect that investment. If you would like more information about our shredding services, and how we can help you maintain a higher level of identity security, we would love to talk with you. Please contact us today.