September, 2014

September 27th, 2014

What Should I Shred?

container-300lbsIdentity theft of both individuals and businesses has been all over the news for a long time. The sheer audacity of identity thieves leaves most folks wondering if anything is safe anymore. To be fair, people are aware of the problem to the point that identity thieves really have to work to get your personal information. There are still items they can use that seem perfectly innocent to you, but keep in mind that it only takes a name and address for an identity thief to steal your life.

What You Should Shred
It is common knowledge that anything containing a name, address, social security number, birthdate or account number should be shredded. Everyone knows by now that paystubs, bank statements, medical information and bills should be shredded. Items you should shred:

•    Seemingly junk mail offering financial products like insurance or investments
•    Advertising from banks or mailings including changes to their terms of use
•    Papers related to a home business or work at home opportunity
•    Papers related to your mortgage and insurance
•    Mailings advertising cars, houses, boats and RVs
•    Basically anything that isn’t addressed to Occupant

Why You Should Shred It
It is simply too easy for an identity thief to pick up the papers out of the recycle bin after you’ve gone to bed, says the New York Times’ Bucks Blog. From these, s/he can get a name and address with which to call these businesses, impersonate you and then cause all manner of financial trouble for you. As an example, you ordered a pizza and signed for it. The receipt information as well as the signature can give an identity thief information with which to steal your identity. Never toss anything with your signature on it.

Identity thieves are capable of taking paperwork pertaining to your home business that you tossed out as of no use. With this, they can then call the company, “change” your address and divert any payments into their own accounts. Not only that, but if you get mail regarding your business with your clients’ or downlines’ names, an identity thief could have a field day with that information. Protect your clients and/or downline, because you could be held responsible if identity theft happens.

How to Shred It
Now that you are aware of yet more ways identity thieves use to cause mayhem and chaos, you should also be aware that a solution is a click or a phone call away. If you can’t afford a personal shredder or don’t have time to do it yourself, SOS can do it for you. Shredding, recycling and green practices are our specialty. Contact us for more information.

September 24th, 2014

On-Site Shredding offered at Upcoming Community Shredding Events

shred it servicesIdentity Theft is prominent in news reports all over the country.  You just can not be too careful with your identity.  Even throwing away seemingly harmless junk mail could make you a target to someone who might want to steal your identity.  What if someone used your tossed out junk mail credit card offers to apply for a credit card in your name? 

Chances are you have been keeping some papers with account information and other private details that you don’t need any more, but you know better than to just throw out with the recycling. 

If you would like to know how you can offer On-Site Shredding to your community, customers or business, please contact us or visit our Community Shred page.

September 15th, 2014

Advice on Keeping Personal Data Safe

recycle-shredded-paperRecycling is a big deal. It’s something that we take very seriously. So it always disturbs greatly when people don’t consider all of their options when it comes time to dispose of sensitive papers and electronics that house personal data. Because there’s something that people don’t think about when it’s time to throw out these effects, flash drives, hard drives, and so on: their personal security is at risk.

This is because if even one bit of personal information can be salvaged from any of the things you simply toss in the trash, identity thieves have made it their job to find that information, and can easily use it to exploit you.

But it doesn’t have to be that way…

Shredding Documents: All important papers need to be shredded or incinerated. It’s better to be safe than sorry in this instance. This includes junk mail that is be addressed to you. Even if it’s unopened. Proper destruction makes it impossible for prying eyes to find exploitable information and keeps your information safe.

Take it to a Professional: Run a business? Or have boxes upon of boxes of documents that contain not only yours, but others’ personal data? Consider taking to a professional shredding company for a safe destruction. They can rid you of the burden, and carry a guarantee that your personal safety is secure.

Physically Destroy Old Electronics: As the digital age has progressed, so too has how we store data. Enter flash drives and hard drives, where simply hitting delete has made protecting your privacy easier than ever… but couldn’t be more incorrect. Deleting information from these devices doesn’t mean that it’s gone (this includes cellular phones and cd-roms), it’s a misnomer, so don’t believe it.

When it comes to these types of storage devices, they need physically altered so that no one can salvage the data. Not just demagnetized. They need opened up and destroyed. But if this isn’t something that you can’t do yourself, leave it to a qualified professional to get the job done right. The investment will pay off.

The next time you find yourself in a situation where disposing of personal or sensitive data may lead to it falling into the wrong hands, take the safe route, and have it disposed of the proper way.

For more information on how we can help you, please don’t hesitate to contact us any time.

September 3rd, 2014

Peace of Mind and Convenience With On-Site Shredding

paper shredding secure storage containersOn-site shredding is one of the most cost effective and efficient methods for protecting and disposing of sensitive information. Utilizing on-site, scheduled shredding saves time and money by freeing up space and employee time for more pressing and profitable tasks.

Secure On-Site Shredding has been protecting sensitive information and data in Central Florida for two decades, building a reputation of reliability and impeccable security along the way. By employing a consistent chain of custody and transporting and storing information in secure containers, sensitive information is protected at every step throughout the process. The secure containers for storage between scheduled disposal dates are provided to our customers at no charge.

With on-site shredding you not only get convenience, but you also get the peace of mind that comes from witnessing the documents being shredded before transferring custody to us. Upon destruction of the information, a Certificate of Destruction is provided for your records and any compliance needs.

All of our on-site technicians are screened professionals and follow strict guidelines to ensure an uninterrupted chain of custody and the protection of your private information. Arriving in fully automated, state of the art trucks, our technicians dispose of your documents in minutes.

Secure On-Site Shredding’s Destruction Specialists will help you determine your needs and review all of the options available to ensure your company, client and employee information is disposed of properly.

Call us today and speak with one of our specialists or use the Contact Us page or the Estimate page on our website to learn how we can help you protect your information and your reputation.