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Secure Mobile Shredding:
5 Interesting Facts

Fascinating & Important Things You May Not Know

As a business owner, you have many documents and records that contain confidential information–what you may not realize is just how important it is to safeguard all company paperwork to protect yourself and your business from fraud and corporate ID theft. Shredding should be a key factor in your company’s security plan–as it is the most efficient way to safely and permanently destroy documents that contain sensitive information. Here’s a look at the top 5 most interesting facts about secure mobile shredding that you may not know:

  1. According to several studies, one in five breaches involve the theft of paper records.
    ID theft and fraud can happen in numerous ways including the loss or theft of a company checkbook, inadvertently throwing away or recycling paperwork that contains information like credit card account numbers or statements, bank statements, personnel files, vendor information, etc. Only secure shredding can ensure that these types of records are destroyed safely and cannot be accessed by dumpster divers, hackers and thieves.
  2. The Supreme Court ruled in 1988 that trash is public property, which means that dumpster diving is not illegal. The ruling states that once trash is put outside on the curb to be picked up, it becomes public property. That’s why it’s imperative to never throw anything in the regular trash or recycling bin that can provide even the smallest amount of information. This includes junk mail, credit card offers and other similar items. These papers must be shredded.
  3. Today’s industrial shredding machinery makes it impossible to reconstruct documents. Shredding and destruction companies are equipped with high-tech shredding machines that are able to permanently destroy documents unlike retail or office shredders.
  4. The law requires businesses to shred certain documents. According to HIPAA, FACTA, GLBA and FCRA, it is required by law to shred paperwork that contains information about patients (HIPAA), customers (FACTA), consumer banking information (GLBA) and people’s credit information (FCRA). Each of these laws was enacted to safeguard people and businesses against fraud and ID theft. If your business is not shredding these documents you could be in danger of compliance violation and at risk for fines.
  5. Paper is not the only thing that can be shredded. The most reputable full-service mobile shredding companies also provide shredding and destruction of hard drives, devices, mobile phones, outdated, expired and defective products, company apparel and other similar items.

All Points Mobile Shredding can assist you in ensuring that you are shredding the required documents as well as shredding outdated hard drives, products and more. Give us a call today or fill out this form to learn more.

Dawn Connelly

Dawn is the vice president of All Points Mobile Shredding. All Points Mobile Shredding is a family-owned and operated on-site document destruction company that has been serving the Treasure Coast, Palm Beaches, and surrounding areas since 1994.

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