Where Can I Shred Paper for Free?

If you are like most people you understand the importance of destroying sensitive paper documents before you dispose of them. Even so, according to the Federal Trade Commission, roughly 9 million Americans have their identity stolen every year. This statistic means it is likely you or someone you know has been a victim.    You may be wondering, is document shredding ever free? The quick answer is sometimes.  The chart below outlines the most common shredding …

Going Back to the Office

Over the course of the last 13 months we have changed the way we do nearly everything. From eating out and haircuts to family gatherings and sporting events, but perhaps the way we were affected the most was Monday through Friday 8 am to 5 pm. The modifications and adaptations were swift and significant. Covid-19 not only impacted the way …

Getting Back to Work, Confidentiality and Going Paperless

Open or closed? Fully staffed or rotating assignments? Businesses are continuing to navigate the unknowns created by the pandemic. And one thing is abundantly clear: business-as-usual will never be the same. While many leaders are focused on when and how to bring staff back, this time may also provide a ripe environment for considering how you do business. Among those …

What you should consider when hiring an information destruction firm

Destroying information that is no longer needed is nothing to take lightly. Your business, customers, and employees depend on security measures like document and data destruction to keep them safe and compliant. There is no question that using a professional shredding service is the most efficient and secure way to go about this, but what should you look for when …

Dos and Don’ts of Secure Hard Drive Disposal

Destruction seems like a pretty simple process—render something unusable by breaking it. When it comes to hard drive destruction and data disposal, however, there can be a surprising amount of room for error. Just because you destroy old hard drives doesn’t mean their data can’t be retrieved and used against you. Data disposal goes beyond wiping files, smashing a hard …

Windows 7 is defunct. Now what?

How to stay secure while transitioning away from old software. Earlier this year Microsoft stopped supporting Windows 7 for good. But what exactly does that mean? In a nutshell, Microsoft isn’t making any more updates or security patches for the operating system. This likely doesn’t mean your computer will stop working if you are running Windows 7, but it does …

How to safely dispose of old computers

Technology changes quickly—and becomes obsolete even more quickly. To keep up with this tech-driven era, it only makes sense to upgrade your organization’s computers, phones and hardware every few years as newer technology becomes available. But what should you do with unwanted electronics? While it may seem like useless metal and plastic, outdated technology holds a lot of sensitive information.  …

Maintaining data security with your work from home employees in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic

The unprecedented, unique circumstances presented by the COVID-19 pandemic are forcing thousands of organizations to send their employees home. Luckily, technology allows us to work from anywhere and maintain a relatively normal level of productivity. Still, this new, large-scale work-from-home migration creates several security challenges for individuals and businesses. Many of us are already making concessions and compromises to our …

Improper Handling of Hard Drives Puts You At Real Risk

Many companies have abandoned paper records for the speed and organization that the digital world offers. Technology has vastly improved efficiency and workflow but has also created new security vulnerabilities for organizations to defend against. When companies upgrade their technology, they inevitably end up with old hard drives containing years’ worth of sensitive data. What happens next is critical in …

To shred or not to shred? A guide to secure document destruction

Despite the wealth of data our computers store, businesses still produce an enormous volume of paper. This paper ends up in desk drawers, filing cabinets, and storage boxes, eventually cluttering the office and creating a disorganized workspace. We often want to get rid of excess paper documents but feel compelled to ask the question “What if I need this paper …