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What is a Certificate of Destruction?

There is a strange dichotomy between what a Certificate of Destruction (COD) represents and what it provides. On one hand, it represents proof of destruction—and on the other, represents proof of compliance. A COD serves both purposes so you don’t have to choose one or the other. A Certificate of Destruction Represents Proof of Destruction…
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Downsizing for Hybrid Workforce? What to Do with Business Records

Now that the dust is starting to settle after two years of the unknown, downsizing for a hybrid workforce may be your step towards efficiency for the future. On your checklist, be sure to include downsizing and updating your business records. To be efficient and get off to a great start, make sure your records…
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What Does Paper Shredding Have to Do with Earth Day?

In 1909, the first US patent for a paper shredder was issued. In 1970, Earth Day was established as a day dedicated to bringing environmental issues to the forefront. What do these two things have to do with each other? More than you might think. Here we explain how closely they are related. The Benefits…
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So, You’ve Done a File Room Purge…Now What?

A file room purge can be an overwhelming, yet necessary, task. The benefits of doing a file purge are that it allows you additional space, keeps your business and files organized, and ensures retention dates are monitored. It’s also a great way to foster teamwork and staff comradery. After the Purge With your inactive and…
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If a Thief Doesn’t Get Your Data, These Things Probably Will

You may not think anyone wants your personal information, but you would be amazed at its potential value. In 1998, a Brazilian man used the identity of a boy who had died in 1979 to apply for a US passport, renew it six times over the next 20 years, obtain a marriage license, acquire a…
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How to Choose a Local Shredding Company in Tri-State MD, DE and NJ

The Local Community We’re constantly encouraged to use local businesses. Is it really valuable to do that? Or do you feel, being a local business, it’s just a plea to draw customers? The truth is, it is hugely beneficial. Here’s why. It strengthens your local economy. Statistics say that for every dollar you spend locally,…
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When to Switch from One-Time Shredding to Routine Shredding

You make decisions every day and some are easier to make than others. Sometimes we put off making a decision because procrastination is an option and it’s an easier solution. Deciding when it’s time to move from one-time shredding to routine shredding may not be blatantly obvious, but doing a quick evaluation of your situation…
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Where Does My Shredded Paper Go?

Paper in the Grocery Aisle As you push your shopping cart through the grocery aisle, have you ever considered that the cereal box you put in your cart was once someone else’s business paperwork? That’s what happens to your documents when you partner with a reputable shredding company who destroys your discarded sensitive documents. The…
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Inside a Professional Shredding Service

Out of Sight, Out of Mind Have you ever considered how the things you depend on get from point A to point B? At the airport, how does your luggage get from the curb drop off to your destination airport? How does the letter you tossed into a mailbox arrive at your friend’s home on…
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Shred Collection Containers: How to Choose the Right Ones for Your Business

Grammarist describes the statement, “one size fits all” as an idiom, “something that will not be an exact fit and is not tailored for every circumstance, but it will suffice.” In other words, one size fits no one. Shred Collection Containers – What about Them? A reputable shredding company will supply you with secure, locked…
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December is Identity Theft Awareness & Prevention Month

Theft is both frustrating and costly. Sadly, during the Christmas season, gifts and other valuables become additional targets. Would you believe that even the Baby Jesus is a target? Yes, there is indeed an ongoing “tradition” of stealing Baby Jesus from nativity scenes across the US. While many owners attempt to secure the Baby Jesus,…
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How to Dispose of Old Hard Drives

DIY Hard Drive Destruction You will find an endless array of ideas on the internet of ways you can personally dispose of old hard drives. Some require chemicals or destructive tools, and most just require a lot of physical work. In most cases, you will still have to disassemble the outer structure to get at…
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Don’t Drop Your Documents in the Blue Bin

Recycle, recycle, recycle. You’ve had it drilled into your head for years to the point that now you just automatically recycle. If it feels like paper, smells like paper and looks like paper, it goes in the blue box. That’s a good thing, right? Most of the time, yes. But when it comes to confidential…
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When to Switch from One-Time Shredding to Routine

Observing the Changes According to the Fair and Accurate Credit Transaction Act (FACTA), shredding of sensitive documents is a legal obligation for all businesses. Destroying personally identifiable information (PII) protects your business, clients, and employees. If you have been shredding everything that has information on it, that’s great—but are you finding that your recycling bin…
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4 Questions Every Business Should Ask Their Shredding Provider

1. Is Your Business Locally Owned? If you are invested in your community, why not plan on supporting local businesses? When you “shop local,” those businesses are able to invest in your community by employing your neighbors and supporting local initiatives. A local business is more likely to offer you better service and more flexibility…
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Even the Deceased Are at Risk for Identity Theft

We consider children and the elderly to be among the most vulnerable population, but when it comes to identity theft, the deceased can be even more vulnerable because they have no voice of their own. Your loved ones who have completed life’s journey can be an easy target for thieves. Window of Opportunity “Ghosting” is…
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What Makes an Effective Document Shredding Policy?

Document Types Identifying the types of documents your company produces will help in developing an effective document shredding policy. Some documents are governed by different laws, like the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), and the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA). Documents can also fall under these categories: Temporary and permanent Historical…
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The Biggest Threats to Your Personal Information

Identifying Your Personal Information There once was a time when protecting your personal information was barely a concern. That time is long past, and securing your identifiable information is a bigger and much more difficult challenge now. With information being available on paper and in digital format, the gaps are larger and more numerous. Personally…
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Choosing the Right Shred Collection Container for Your Office

Shred collection containers are bins designed to securely store your discarded sensitive documents under lock and key until they are destroyed. The containers are designed like a mailbox with a one-way slot for depositing documents for shredding. For large-scale shredding, high-capacity bins are equipped with wheels to transport them more efficiently to the shredder. But…
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Why All Shredding Providers Are Not the Same

What are your priorities when selecting a shredding service provider for your documents and/or data destruction? Do you have some deal-breaker requirements? You may have some preferences that affect your choices, but there are also some mandatory items to consider. Here are some issues that make some shredding providers a better choice over others. Security…
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4 Reasons Mobile Shredding Beats Off-Site Shredding

Mobile shredding involves confidential documents being shredded at your place of business, using a truck equipped with a document destruction system. Off-site shredding, sometimes called plant-based shredding, refers to your sensitive documents being shredded at a secure facility operated by your document shredding service. While both services are readily offered, mobile shredding offers the following…
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Not All Shredding Vendors Are Equal

Like any business, some shredding vendors may not offer the services you had hoped for or expected. Document destruction companies all will shred your secure information but not all of them are the same. Here are some questions to consider before deciding on which company to use. Is the company locally owned? Locally-owned shredding companies…
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What is HIPAA-Compliant Shredding?

What Does HIPAA Say about Shredding? To protect sensitive patient health information from being disclosed without patient consent or knowledge, a list of national standards for organizations and businesses was created in 1996. The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) requires that when sensitive information is no longer needed, it must be “rendered essentially…
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Tips for Disposing of Outdated Electronic Devices

According to estimates, the average lifespan of a new computer is no more than five years. As a result, companies are constantly updating their devices and are often left with stockpiles of old equipment. In this blog, we offer tips for disposing of your outdated electronic devices. Follow Information Retention Guidelines Be mindful of the…
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Your Confidential Documents Could End Up Halfway Across the World

A Real Commodity One person’s trash is another’s treasure. Scrap paper may seem like a nuisance, but it’s actually a vast and valuable trading commodity. Paper is one of the most widely-recycled materials in the world. Americans use 85 million tons of paper annually, and it can be recycled up to seven times. International Travels…
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Your Commercial Shredding Questions Answered

Most businesses are aware of security threats, but few have a thorough privacy protection strategy. A commercial shredding service can help protect your employees and customers from identity theft. In this blog, we answer your commercial shredding questions. Q: Why would I need a commercial shredding service? A: A commercial shredding service helps save time…
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Inside a Professional Shredding Service

Done with feeding documents into your office shredder? Wondering what it would be like to have a professional shredding company destroy your documents? In this blog post, we take you behind the scenes of a professional shredding service. Shredding Assessment All businesses and organizations have unique document disposal needs. An experienced and reputable shredding company…
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In House vs. Outsourced Shredding

Are you wondering what to do with your old paper records? There are big differences between shredding your document in house and outsourcing your shredding to a qualified provider. In this blog, we compare both options. Security In-house shredding is full of risks. Your employees may forget to destroy confidential documents, or even toss them…
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The Top 5 Excuses for Not Shredding Documents

Document shredding is a low priority for many companies and organizations. But when considering the financial and legal impacts of data breaches, document shredding should be top of mind. In this blog, we highlight five document shredding excuses to avoid. 1. Identity Theft Cannot Happen to Me No one is immune to identity theft. According…
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Protecting Your Child from Identity Theft

Children are easy targets for identity theft. According to a 2017 report by Javelin Strategy & Research, more than 1 million children were victims of identity theft in 2017. In this blog, we offer strategies for protecting your child’s identity. Stay “Mum” on Social Media There is nothing wrong with being a proud parent, but…
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Privacy Laws That Impact Your Document Shredding Practices

Eliminating clutter and preventing identity theft are two undeniable reasons to shred your unwanted documents. But beyond these practical benefits, document shredding also has a legal component that must not be ignored. In this blog, we outline several privacy laws that impact your document shredding practices. Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act (GLBA) GLBA requires financial institutions to develop…
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Document Shredding Do’s and Don’ts

Document shredding may not be rocket science, but it requires following best practices. In this blog we explain the do’s and don’ts of document shredding. Don’t: Shred Without Reviewing Your Documents Always review your documents before shredding them. Doing so helps you avoid disposing of information you may need. Do: Follow Document Disposition Schedules Holding…
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The Drawbacks of In-House Shredding

Routine shredding of confidential documents is a must for every business. But before implementing an in-house shredding program, consider the risks. In this blog, we discuss the drawbacks of in-house shredding. 1. Your Employees Make Document Disposal Mistakes Mistakes happen in a busy office, but one document disposal error can cause a data breach or…
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Document Disposal Errors to Avoid in 2021

2021 is almost here. It is the perfect time to assess your information security strategy. While some mistakes are unavoidable, bad document disposal habits can lead to trouble. In this blog, we discuss how to avoid several errors that put your information at risk. Using an Office Shredder Office shredders shred your documents into strips…
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9 Great Reasons to Shred Your Documents

When you are faced with a mountain of paper, procrastination is easy. But it may lead to an abundance of problems. Here are nine great reasons to shred your documents: 1. Identity Theft Protection Documents with personal information can be stolen and misused. Shredding your unwanted credit card offers, junk mail, receipts, and paid bills…
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The Why, What and When of Residential Shredding

Identity theft is rising in the United States, and identity thieves do not just hack your computer. Sometimes, they steal your trash. In this blog, we explain how a residential shredding service works and protects your personal information. Why Residential Shredding? Any physical form of private information can be stolen, especially when it is discarded…
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6 Identity Theft Prevention Tips

Protecting your identity should always be a top priority. Scammers always increase their efforts over the holidays. Although COVID-19 may keep you out of brick and mortar stores this year, your identity can be stolen in other ways. In this blog, we offer six strategies for keeping your personal information secure. 1. Check your Credit…
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3 Ways Document Shredding Benefits Your Business

Business owners have many responsibilities. Deciding which tasks offer the biggest bang for your buck can be difficult. In this blog, we discuss three important ways document shredding benefits your business. 1. Clutter Reduction Boxes of paper and rows of file cabinets thwart productivity. Routine shredding of old and expired documents reduces clutter so your…
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6 Factors to Consider When Outsourcing Your Shredding

Change is not always easy, but sometimes necessary. If you currently rely on a store-bought office shredder, it may be time to switch to a more secure and reliable information destruction solution. In this blog, we offer several factors to consider when outsourcing your shredding. 1. Chain of Custody Personally identifiable information (PII) and protected…
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5 Reasons to Ditch Your Office Shredder

Think buying an office shredder will make your life easier? Think again. In this blog, we offer reasons to ditch your office shredder. 1. Efficiency Shredding documents with an office shredder is time consuming. Consider the steps it takes to shred a few files: Removing paperclips, staples, sticky notes, cardstock, and file folder or binder…
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The Difference between Off-Site Shredding and On-Site Mobile Shredding

Is document shredding a top priority in your company? Routine destruction of confidential documents protects your customers and employees from identity theft and ensures your company’s compliance with state and federal privacy laws. Unfortunately, not all shredding providers are equal. In this blog, we explain the differences between off-site shredding and on-site mobile shredding. The…
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Questions to Ask a Shredding Provider

You have decided to outsource your shredding…but how do you find a shredding provider you can trust? In this blog, we offer several questions to ask a prospective shredding provider. How long have you been shredding? Before setting up a shredding service, find out how long a prospective provider has been in businesses. Ask them…
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6 Excellent Reasons to Use a Shredding Service

Anyone can toss a document into a trash can or recycling bin, but few take their document disposal practices to the next level. In this blog, we offer several reasons to use a professional shredding service. 1. Consumer Privacy Because of several recent high-profile data breaches, consumer privacy concerns have never been higher. Companies that…
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4 Information Disposal Mistakes to Avoid

Mistakes happen, but some are more costly than others. Information disposal mistakes can cause a cascade of legal and financial problems for your business. In this blog, we discuss four common information disposal mistakes to avoid. 1. Ignoring Privacy Requirements Consumers have a legal right to have their privacy maintained by businesses that collect their…
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Answers to Your Data Destruction Questions

Privacy breach risks are a reality for every business. Do you have a cradle-to-grave solution for your data? In this blog, we answer your data destruction questions. Q: What data should I destroy? A: Destroy all expired data. Your information retention policy should contain final disposition dates to use as a guideline. If you are…
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Purge Shredding, Phase Shredding, and Routine Shredding: What are the Differences?

You need a more efficient and secure document destruction solution. Your slow, unreliable office paper shredder is not cutting it anymore. Puns aside, knowing what shredding service best suits your needs is not always clear. In this blog, we explain the differences between purge shredding, phase shredding, and routine shredding. Purge Shredding It is easy…
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COVID-19 and Identity Theft

In the shadow of the Coronavirus pandemic, Americans face an uncertain future. The crisis has forced many organizations to close their doors. But for identity thieves, it’s business as usual. COVID-19-related scams are proliferating as fraudsters capitalize on fear and uncertainty. In this blog, we identify several common scams and offer tips for protecting your…
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Why, When and How to Destroy
Unwanted Hard Drives

To prevent identity theft, expired paper records should be shredded. But what are best practices for discarding unwanted hard drives? Do you erase them? Can they be resold? Is it okay to toss unwanted hard drives in a trash or a recycling bin? In this blog, we explain why, when, and how to destroy unwanted…
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6 Shredding Myths Debunked

Shredding may seem straightforward, but every organization should use best practices when destroying documents. In this blog, we debunk six common shredding myths. Myth 1: In-House Shredding Is Secure In-house shredding is full of risks. Your employees may forget to destroy confidential documents or toss them in the trash. Outsourced shredding offers enhanced information privacy.…
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Reasons to Choose Mobile On-Site Shredding

Are you wondering whether to outsource your shredding? Looking for help in making your decision? In this blog, we offer several reasons to choose mobile on-site shredding. 1. Productivity Your employees may spend dozens of hours a year shredding documents with an office shredder. Files must be separated into small portions. To avoid jamming the…
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5 Privacy Protection Tips for 2020

Experts project identity theft will spike in 2020. Fortunately, you can take steps to prevent your personal information from falling into the wrong hands. In this blog, we offer five tips for how to protect your privacy in the year ahead. Update Your Software Computer updates force you to stop what you’re doing and wait…
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4 Things to Consider When Choosing a Shredding Provider

Corporate identity theft and business fraud rates are at an all-time high. A document shredding service can help keep your confidential data out of the wrong hands. Unfortunately, the marketplace is loaded with many sub-standard shredding companies. When choosing a shredding provider, consider the following factors. 1. Experience Anyone can start a shredding business, and…
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Complying with an Alphabet Soup of Privacy Laws

Keeping track of a plethora of acronyms is hard enough. Making sure your business complies with an alphabet soup of privacy laws is even harder. In this blog, we help you make sense of various state and federal regulations. EEA The Economic Espionage Act of 1996 (EEA) establishes monetary fines for the misappropriation and theft…
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Tips for Protecting Your Family from Identity Theft

Identity theft is on the rise. What are you doing to protect your family members from having their personal information stolen? In this blog, we offer tips for keeping your loved ones’ identities secure. Use Social Media Wisely Cybercriminals scour Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and other social media sites for publicly-shared information. Don’t share personal details…
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5 Benefits of Outsourcing Your Shredding

As a business owner, you get to choose how you dispose of outdated information. You can either shred documents yourself or hire a company to do the job. In this blog, we highlight five benefits of outsourcing your shredding. 1. Time Office shredders are inefficient. They can only shred a few sheets of paper at…
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Answers to Your Document Shredding Questions

First, the bad news: Identity theft and business fraud crimes have reached an all-time high. Now, here’s the good news: More businesses than ever are taking proactive steps to protect their information. As a result, we are asked a lot of questions about document shredding. In this blog, we answer some of the top questions.…
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Knowing Your Shredding Service Options

You have outdated paperwork, old files, and expired documents, but what’s the best way to get rid of them? It helps to know what shredding service solutions are available to help you. In this blog, we summarize several options to help you choose the right solution. Commercial Shredding Small businesses and large corporations are responsible…
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