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Top 4 Myths About Hiring a Professional Shredding Company

Debunking Common Misconceptions

If you’ve considered hiring a professional shredding company and weren’t sure how you could benefit or if your organization needed their services, take a look at the following commonly held misconceptions.

Myth #1 – My Company Isn’t Big Enough to Hire a Professional Shredding Company

Whether you run a small company with just a few employees or a large organization, shredding your sensitive documents with a professional shredding provider is not only more cost effective than using a retail shredder in-house, but also much safer and secure. Retail shredders cannot permanently destroy your company papers, leaving them open to reconstruction. And believe it or not, bags of shredded documents in your recycling bin outside your workplace are an invitation to ID thieves looking to steal your confidential information. In addition, professional shredding companies save you time and money in the long run because your employees are no longer taking time out of their busy work day to separate and shred documents.    

Myth #2 – We Might Need These Documents at a Later Date

Although there are many documents that your company needs to keep, the reality is that many organizations keep outdated papers for way too long. Doing so puts you at risk for a breach and also adds to the clutter of your workspace. Best practices for document retention and destruction should dictate how long you keep paperwork and each industry has their mandates. To ensure you’re protecting your clients and your company, it’s critical to shred any documents that are no longer valid or needed. If you’re unsure, it’s recommended that you scan documents and keep a digital file rather than holding on to the paper records. 

Myth #3 – My Documents Are of No Interest to ID Thieves or Hackers

This myth is particularly dangerous to believe—because the fact is, hackers and thieves often target smaller businesses for the very fact that they are small. Smaller companies often don’t have the security protocols in place that larger ones do making them an easier target. A good rule of thumb to follow is that any documents that contain information like client names, addresses, account numbers, personnel names, etc., credit and bank account information, insurance documents and any other similar paperwork can provide just enough for a hacker to commit an ID crime. 

Myth #4 – Shredded Paper Can’t Be Recycled

All shredded paper can be recycled and if you work with a professional shredding company they absolutely recycle all documents that they destroy. In most cases, shredding documents and baled and recycled—so you can not only have the peace of mind that your confidential data has been permanently destroyed, but also that you are doing your part for the environment. 

All Points Mobile Shredding is a full service shredding and destruction company located in Stuart, Florida. We provide shredding and destruction of documents, hard drives, products and apparel to commercial and residential customers throughout South Florida. Give us a call today or fill out this form to learn how we can serve you.

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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