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Florida Ranks High for Identity Theft
3 Ways to Protect Yourself & Your Business
The state of Florida continues to be among those states with a high number of identity theft cases year after year. For business owners and individuals, these types of crimes can have catastrophic consequences—from financial losses to damages to your business’ reputation and more. Here are 3 ways you can protect yourself and your business:
1. Scheduling Regular Shredding Services
A key safeguard for any business or individual is to set up and maintain a regular shredding schedule with a trusted shredding and destruction provider. Collecting and storing your documents safely is important, and it is critical to ensure that documents containing personal information are not thrown into the regular trash or recycled. Some of the most common documents that should be shredded include:
- Employee applications & personnel information
- Client account information & any paperwork that contains personal information
- Tax records & documents
- Tax returns
- Credit card statements & bank statements
2. Destroy Outdated/Unneeded Hard Drives
A common misconception about hard drives and other computer devices is that once you’ve wiped them clean they can no longer pose a risk for identity theft. The fact is, hackers and identity thieves can still access information on devices after everything has been deleted. To ensure you’re protected against a breach, it’s best to have old hard drives and other devices destroyed by a professional shredding and destruction company.
3. Store Confidential Documents Securely
In your home and in your office, keeping sensitive documents in a safe and secure location is critical. For businesses, only key personnel should have access to documents that contain confidential information that can be used to steal your corporate identity or personal identities. Accessibility is one of the top ways information is breached–many breaches occur when too many people have access to confidential documents. Scanning and saving data in the cloud is a good way to eliminate or reduce paper records, but it can also pose a risk if you are not protecting those digital files.
All Points Mobile Shredding can help you protect your business and your personal identity with regular scheduled shredding and destruction. We provide full service shredding and destruction of documents, hard drives, mobile devices, products and apparel. Speak to us about preventing ID theft by calling us today or fill out this form to get more information. We are located in Stuart, Florida and have been serving business and residential customers throughout South Florida since 1994.
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