For homes with smaller volumes of shredding, mobile shredding isn’t always the most convenient or cost effective way to destroy their sensitive documents. We understand some people either don’t have time to arrange for a truck to come out, or don’t have the volume to justify a mobile shredding service.
If you have less than three boxes of documents to destroy, we recommend using our Ship ‘n’ Shred service to accommodate your document management needs. By using the Ship ’n’ Shred service, you get all the peace of mind knowing your sensitive documents are securely destroyed, without the hassle of waiting around for a mobile unit.
Ship ‘n’ Shred handles a wide variety of materials including paper documents, computer hard drives, pill bottles, x-rays, and cell phones. You can track boxes from pickup to pieces. Once destroyed, Ship ‘n’ Shred provides you with a Certificate of Destruction for your compliance records.
It is not only the homeless that do “dumpster diving”. The courts have ruled in many cases that trade secrets are not protected by the Corporate Espionage Act if they are thrown away in the trash. In order to prevent corporate espionage or identity theft, it is important that any records with sensitive documents be shredded and be destroyed properly. Large businesses and corporations are protected by countless laws and powerful legal teams that serve as an intimidating deterrent for criminals. However, small and midsized businesses are at a greater risk for identity theft. Not only is the sensitive information of the business at risk, so is the information of your employees and customers.
Today, retaining confidentiality of any document can be ensured through secure document shredding. In fact, legal statute demands that every organization, no matter how big or small, should regularly destroy documents which are not meant for the public eye. This not only keeps the operations of the business safe, but also protects consumers and the members of the general public safe from identity theft and financial frauds. The best way to ensure the safety of your business is through secure document shredding.
Alberta’s Information and Privacy Commissioner is investigating why private medical records were discovered on a street in Calgary. The files contained the names, birth dates, and surgical procedures. The files came from the Alberta Health Services. The investigation into this incident is expected to take several weeks.
The cure for the problem of patient files on the street is a shredding service. They shred the files, recycle the paper, and then provide documentation of the work. It is an end-to-end solution for less than buying shredders.
Identity theft is one of the most organized and expensive crimes of our time, costing businesses worldwide $221 Billion a year. The most common way thieves acquire personal information is by mail that is thrown away, or left unattended in mailboxes. They can use sensitive information found in these documents to assume a person’s identity and create new financial transactions at their victim’s expense.
The best way to ensure you do not become a victim of identity theft is through secure document shredding. By shredding all documents with your personal identification, you are taking one of the most important steps towards protecting your personal information and to safeguard your credit.
How many of us have gone through the hassle of tearing up bank statements or other personal documents into little pieces and tossing them down the toilet? Perhaps you have opted to burn these documents in an effort to safeguard your identity. Whatever methods you have used, secure paper shredding is an easier, more effective means to accomplish this goal.
Home shredders are poorly built, and usually break down quicker than most would expect, replacing them over time can be expensive and wasteful. Many people choose to use a mobile shredding service, as its convenient and cost effective. Identity theft is a growing problem. Don’t let your company or household become another statistic.
It was fifteen years ago that the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) was passed. If you want to know how long ago that was just look at the voting totals. It was approved 421-2 in the House of Representatives and 98-0 in the Senate. (When was the last time we say agreement like that on anything?)
The core objective of the law was to make health insurance more portable. It guaranteed that employees would have pre-existing conditions covered when they switched insurance providers. That is likely to happen when people move to new jobs.
However, the law has provided data standards to the medical industry. It created privacy standards for medical all data. Doctors, hospitals, and pharmacies have rules on collecting, maintaining, transmitting and shredding information. It continues to evolve as we move into Electronic Medical Records (EMRs) with HITECH in 2010.
So a happy fifteenth birthday to HIPAA. Medical practices now have a set of data standards that they can implemented. And all of our personal medical data is now more secure than every.
Do we need to shred? The answer is really simple. If you have paper at your business then yes. Since it is impossible to find an office that doesn’t use paper; it is impossible to find an office that doesn’t need to shred. So a better question is how should we shred.
The goal is to provide security for the information stored on the paper but also to get shredding done at a reasonable price. Like with most jobs you want to use economies of scale. If you have a big shredder the job can be done quickly and there are saving of employee costs. The problem is the price of an industrial shredder require a long pay-back period. Then the costs of maintenance and repair need to be added in.
For many equipment requirements the move has been to leasing or renting. An easy way to “rent” a shredder is to use a shredding service. They have industrial shredders built right into trucks that come to the office. The standard mobile shredding truck has a capacity of over 5,000 pounds an hour. For some perspective that is equivalent to 30 full file cabinets of files in an hour.
To get the most out of shredding services you will want to maximize what you need shredded. Set up an annual purge and advertise it to all the departments. Most people are amazed at how much paper the average employee has squirreled away in desks and file cabinets. In one visit your office will be free of all the old documents choking up desks and closets.
The benefit of an office wide shredding is eliminating the risk of a data breach. Employees will usually do the right thing and shred if you make it easy. If it is difficult than many employees will take the easy way out and just put it in the trash. If you don’t think you need to worry just watch your dumpster for a day. There will be people poking around to find boxes to move or for recyclables. When they run across private information they call the evening news to get their fifteen minutes of fame.