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All Households Should Be Shredding
Each year, millions of people become victims of identity theft. And while many folks often immediately think of digital hacks, the reality is that ID thieves can steal your personal information from documents, mail and other everyday papers that you might not even think twice about.
Any Physical Form of ID Can be Stolen
Did you know that once you throw something into your trash or inside a recycling bin and put it outside to be picked up you legally lose all rights to privacy? This means that if you toss out your old credit card statements, outdated insurance papers or any other documents that you no longer need–these items can be obtained by anyone. And since trash and recycling often sits on the curb for hours awaiting pick up, your personal information is not just vulnerable, it’s easy to steal. The best way to protect yours and your family’s ID is to shred documents using a residential shredding service.
What You Should Be Shredding
Think about how much effort you put into protecting your identity online–using strong passwords, being aware of phishing scams and ensuring you and your family don’t provide personal information unless necessary, it’s equally important that you take the same care with physical forms of private information. Many items that contain personally identifiable information (PII), are overlooked as a security risk. People throw out old papers and unwanted mail without a second thought–but these items have just enough information for a thief to steal your ID or that of your family members. Here’s a few of the common household papers that should not be thrown into the trash or recycled but instead should be shredded to reduce the risk of ID theft:
- Junk mail with your name and address
- Old utility bills
- Canceled checks
- Outdated receipts
- Old medical records
- ATM receipts
- Used boarding passes/tickets
- Outdated insurance papers
- Old credit card statements/bank statements
- School records
Protect Yourself with Onsite Mobile Shredding
All Points Mobile Shredding is a family owned and operated company located in Stuart, Florida. We offer onsite shredding and destruction at your home, allowing you to witness the destruction of your documents. By shredding unwanted paperwork, you are reducing the risk of ID theft. We provide a certificate of destruction with every shred, giving you further peace of mind that your documents have been permanently destroyed and are no longer a risk to your identity. We serve customers throughout the Treasure Coast, in Palm Beach and Broward Counties. Give us a call today or fill out this form to get more information.
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