Why Chain of Custody Matters in Shredding

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By law, any generator of private information is required to destroy expired confidential documents, and secure shredding is the recommended destruction method. Even though your information has remained in your control for its whole lifespan, if you put it into the hands of a third-party organization for shredding, you need to know that you can…

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Why Paper Isn’t All You Should Be Shredding

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Top 5 Reasons to Shred Your Business Documents Prevents identity theft The law requires it Reduces clutter Protects the environment Helps protect your business reputation While these are all legitimate reasons to shred paper documents that contain private information, there are items in your business that need to be shredded for the same reasons. Use…

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Purging Your File Room Ahead of Tax Season

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In a letter written more than 230 years ago, Benjamin Franklin said, “in this world, nothing is certain except death and taxes.” You can’t fully eliminate the first, but you can make tax season more bearable by being prepared. The term “purge” can refer to a wide range of scenarios, but in all cases, the…

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Are Recycling Bins Your Company’s Worst Enemy?

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Recycling is Good, Right? The upside of an office recycling plan is that you can set up a recycling bin in every office or even at every desk and have them collected regularly and put out for the recycling collection service. Simple and efficient, right? Unfortunately, there’s a downside. The primary purpose of the office…

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Paper Shredding and HIPAA Compliance

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The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) became law in 1996. Part of that rule was Section II, the Standards for Privacy of Individually Identifiable Health Information that requires all entities dealing with Protected Health Information (PHI) to “apply appropriate administrative, technical, and physical safeguards to protect the privacy of protected health information in…

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Shredding: It’s Not Just for Paper

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Maybe your business has been shredding your paper documents as a regular practice for a long time, so you feel confident you have been protecting your clients, your staff and your business reputation. You have even outsourced your shredding to a professional and reputable document destruction company that securely collects, transports, shreds, and recycles your…

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Comparing On-Site and Off-Site Shredding

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In simple terms, “on-site shredding” refers to the shredding of confidential documents at your place of business, using a truck equipped with a mobile document shredding system. Off-site shredding refers to shredding your sensitive documents at a secure shredding facility operated by your document shredding service. In both scenarios, shredding companies typically do the following:…

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How to Choose the Right Shredding Company for Your Business

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Elena’s Story Our company’s office staff have been asking management to consider outsourcing our shredding. They’re frustrated with the amount of valuable time they spend feeding, fixing, and unjamming the machine. There have been times when the shredder is out of order and documents with confidential information were being tossed in the recycle bin or…

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It’s Fraud Awareness Week.
Is Your Information Secure?

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The Art of Fraud The wisdom of scientist John A. Widtsoe’s quote, “Fraud and deceit are anxious for your money. Be informed and prudent.” lines up perfectly with Fraud Awareness Week. No matter what type of valuables you possess, there are people who are intentionally seeking to take them. You can’t just ignore the unpleasant…

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Cybersecurity Awareness Month & Your Business

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It is imperative that you remain vigilant about your business’ cybersecurity year-round. Since October is cybersecurity awareness month, why not benefit from the opportunity to evaluate your digital security practices, better protect your systems, and empower your staff. Cybersecurity Stats In the 1960s, our family used to drive south 1300 miles in the summer to…

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How a Shredding Service Helps with Green Initiatives

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Incentive To Be Green When you have a goal in mind, visible improvement is a great incentive to keep going. So, here’s some great news about green initiatives. The earth is getting greener. There is five percent more foliage than 20 years ago, as a direct result of human influence. This insight was made possible…

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