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.

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.

June 16th, 2014

Fun Ways to Teach Future Generations About the Importance of Recycling

recycle-shredded-paperIt’s important to teach kids about recycling, because future generations of adults should be taught at a young age to live environmentally-conscious lives. Here’s a few ways to make learning about trash and recycling fun for children:

Take a field trip: A visit to the local city or county recycling center, shredding service or landfill (or a combination thereof) is a real eye-opener for children and adults, alike. Anyone who takes part in a safely-monitored tour of their local dump will see tons of garbage being bulldozed into the earth as gulls swoop in circles overhead and scavenge for rotting food. Kids love field trips, and learning about garbage is gaining knowledge about something familiar to them, and a new and exciting adventure.

Ask what they see, and children will scan the heaps of trash and shout, “A couch! A chair! A bike! Toys! Clothes! Cardboard! Plastic Bags!” See the look of surprise when they’re told that much of the trash being buried in landfills is paper products. That’s when you emphasize the importance, and ease, of always making an effort to recycle paper.

It’s almost a guarantee that several kids will wrinkle their faces and plug their noses at the smells emanating from the piles of garbage. Landfill operators can provide parents or tour group leaders with startling statistics about the amount of garbage being thrown into landfills every day, along with information about how reducing garbage can lengthen the limited lifespan of a landfill.

Emphasize the Three Rs: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle. Lay the groundwork by teaching the three Rs. They’re easy to remember, especially if you provide children with examples and quiz them about how they can Reduce, Reuse or Recycle items in their daily lives. Their answers may surprise you.

Play with Trash: There are many online resources and books that show fun ways to use recyclable items for craft projects. Household objects which are normally tossed in the trash can be transformed into toys, decorations for their bedrooms, or musical instruments. With a little glue and scissors, cereal boxes can be crafted into trucks. Ice cream pails can become drums. With a few twists of a pipe cleaner, plastic grocery bags can be transformed into flowers. Kids have fun creating something from “nothing” and the experience fuels their creativity.

Contact us for more information about our Community Shred events where we increase the public’s knowledge about the importance of paper shredding, identity theft, and making our communities a safer place to live.

May 30th, 2014

3 Facts That Will Make You Reconsider Mobile Shredding

With identity theft and fraud on the rise, it is imperative to protect sensitive information. Each year companies lose millions of dollars due to security breaches. The best way to prevent this type of loss is to choose a reputable mobile shredding service. Mobile Shredding can ensure that your sensitive data will be completely destroyed. Here are three facts that will make you reconsider mobile shredding.

Fraud Protection
Unfortunately sensitive information getting into the wrong hands can prove to be problematic for any business. It could mean legal and financial trouble and ethical questioning of your company. Many would assume that a regular paper shredder would suffice, but often times they are not sufficient for businesses. The high powered shredders provided by a mobile service ensure that your documents are not able to be reconstructed after shredding. Without safe and reliable document destruction practices, your company can run the risk theft, fraud, and lawsuits. Hiring a mobile shredding service will nearly eliminate this issue because your documents will be completely destroyed in your presence.

Hiring a mobile shredding service can have environmental benefits as well. Many reputable shredding companies recycle the residue from shredded documents. Recycling is beneficial to not only your business but the community as a whole. This can reduce the number of trees being cut and create reusable materials.

Mobile shredding services offer both scheduled and one-time destruction of documents on site. Depending on the needs of your business, you are able to schedule frequent appointments or just a one-time service for a mass destruction. Mobile shredding services not only destroy paper documents but they also destroy hard drives and electronics. In addition to on site destruction, customers also have the option to drop off their documents for destruction.

Mobile shredding has proven to be very beneficial to businesses over the years. This service can provide a secure and definite way for you to protect your clients and the reputation of your business. To discuss more benefits to mobile shredding, please be sure to Contact Us. Thanks.


April 28th, 2014

How To Choose A Reputable Florida Paper Shredding Service

If you’re looking for a Florida Paper Shredding service, then you’re probably wondering how you should go about picking a reputable shredding company. Protecting the personal information of your clients is just as important after you’ve fulfilled the required document retention time as it is while those documents are being stored onsite. So exactly how do you go about finding a trustworthy document shredding service?

Here are a few things you should look for while trying to find a reputable Florida Paper Shredding service.

  1. Do they offer a mobile shredding service that comes to your place of business? This is extremely important when it comes to document shredding because the documents never leave your sight. And once they’re shredded, they go directly into locked containers and mixed with other shredded documents; therefore, they’re virtually impossible to re-create.
  2. How long have they been in business? It’s best to find a company who has been in business for several years. Then you’ll need to check their reputation and their standing in the community. You can do this by checking their online and offline references and reviews.
  3. Are they an NAID certified contractor?
  4. Inquire about other businesses and government entities who use their services. If the State of Florida and the US government use them, that’s a pretty good indication that they’re trustworthy and competent.
  5. Will they provide you with written proof including the date and time you used their shredding services? You’ll need this documentation to show legal compliance should a problem arise.
  6. Do they offer free estimates?
  7. Are they a local company with a verifiable local address and phone number. The last thing you want is to trust your sensitive documents to some fly-by-night company who shows up at your door with a truck and a document shredder.

When looking for the right document shredding company, it’s important to perform a little due diligence before making any hiring decisions. Hiring the wrong company could have irreparable consequences and could ultimately cost you your business.

If you would like more information about Florida paper shredding services, please contact us. Secure On-site Shredding has been helping Florida with all their document shredding needs since 1994. Allow us to help you protect your information and your reputation – that’s what we do best!


April 11th, 2014

Recycling is Just One of Many Perks of Shredding Sensitive Documents

When your business works with a secure on-site shredding service that provides a certified recycling program, you are getting two great benefits for the cost of one: you are being eco-friendly and supporting the environment, and you are preventing sensitive and confidential information from falling into the wrong hands.

Here are some additional benefits to on-site shredding and how they compare with traditional recycling programs:

Waste Reduction
It is estimated that the United States uses 80 million tons of paper each year, and over 1 million tons globally. Leaving behind a huge, unsustainable eco footprint in our forests that is difficult to fill. However, more than 63 percent of that paper is reused and recycled, thanks to state and local recycling programs, and services that offer on-site shredding, both of which turn confidential documents into 100% recyclable material that is then used in other paper products.

Less Risk Association
The act of recycling should never be frowned upon. Anything your business does to promote a better environment in a positive and actionable way should be applauded. But did you know that haul away, or off-site shredding, and stand alone recycling programs don’t offer the confidentiality guaranteed through legislative requirements that on-site shredding does? On-site shredding is the most secure and the safest way of destroying documents.

Legal Ramifications
In addition to being a green solution for paper waste, in most instances there are many federal and state laws that prevent businesses from simply tossing old documents in the trash. In fact, it is punishable act that carries with it penalties and fines if the rules and regulations aren’t followed. Not to mention lawsuits, privacy violations, and customer loss. Making it even more important that, when it’s time to shred and recycle confidential paperwork, your business partners with a NAID Certified Destruction Company, and gets the confirmation of security that you deserve.

Ready to set up a trusted partnership with a certified on-site shredding service? Please contact us to discuss how we can help you.