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How to Protect Your Customers from ID Theft
Top Steps to Keep Their Information Secure
ID theft continues to grow in the United States and around the globe. Today’s businesses must protect their company from data breaches that can not only hurt them financially, but also cause damage to their reputation. A key aspect of this is protecting your customers’ private information and thus doing your part to protect them from ID theft. Here are important steps every business should take:
1. Limit Personal Information Collected
While certain information is necessary to conduct business with your customers, limit the collection of things like social security numbers and/or driver’s license numbers unless absolutely necessary.
2. Implement Safe Storage of Information
Files and documents that contain customer information must be stored properly and securely, whether on paper or digitally. Implement a record storage system that limits access to customer information to only those that need it.
3. Ensure Your Network is Secure
One of the most common ways businesses get hacked is through their company network. It’s imperative to ensure that you have implemented a security policy that includes authentication and strong passwords. All employees must be trained on your policies and follow the guidelines to safeguard the network.
4. Create and Adhere to a Secure Records Destruction Process
All companies need a records retention, storage and disposal process. This ensures that you are following mandates when it comes to privacy laws and compliance. Be sure that your process includes safe shredding of records that are no longer needed. Partner with a reputable shredding company that can perform shredding onsite and on a regular basis.
5. Destroy Old Company Hard Drives and Devices
When upgrading company equipment, including computers, hard drives, mobile devices, printers and scanners, be sure to have them professionally shredded. Small bits of information is all a hacker needs to access private information and steal your customers’ information.
All Points Mobile Shredding can help you protect your customers from ID theft. We offer onsite mobile shredding and destruction services to businesses throughout Southeast Florida, including documents, hard drives and more. Our state-of-the-art shredding trucks come directly to your office and perform every shred onsite, allowing you to witness the entire process. We also provide a certificate of destruction with every shred, giving you additional peace of mind that your confidential information has been permanently destroyed. Give us a call today or fill out this form to learn more.
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