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Shredding Documents: A New Year’s Resolution

A New Year’s Resolution

Losing weight and quitting smoking are among the top New Year’s resolutions every year. When people commit themselves to getting healthy, they are really hoping to feel better. You may not think that shredding documents falls in the category of resolutions, but it will make you feel better.

In 2014, make shredding documents your New Year’s resolution, and avoid the financial, mental and emotional loss associated with identity theft.

As of December 24, 2013, the Identity Theft Resource Center reported 605 breaches for 2013. This includes both electronic and paper breaches in which 57.6 million people had information exposed. Data Breaches caused by paper documents being exposed are avoidable. Simply shred versus throwing documents in a trash can or recycling bin.

Early last March, thousands of patient records were found in a recycling dumpster in Indianapolis. Over 7,000 records were exposed, which included social security numbers, insurance information, names and addresses. This is only one of many data breaches involving paper documents in 2013.

Say Goodbye to 2013 by shredding documents

Every year, three days before New Year Eve, “Good Riddance Day” takes place in New York City. This annual event gives shredding documents a whole new meaning by giving people a way to forget heart-breaks and bad memories of 2013. On Dec. 28, thousands of people lined up at Times Square to shred away their sadness in hopes of a happier 2014.

Event participants shredded notes displaying bad habits, past relationships, and hurtful thoughts.

The document shredding that takes place on “Good Riddance Day” was inspired by a Latin American tradition in which dolls are stuffed with objects representing bad memories and then set on fire, according to the Times Square Alliance.

DataShield provides a certified and secure way of shredding documents. We offer both plant-based and mobile shredding services that can guarantee all documents are securely destroyed. Contact us today to learn how we can help you or your business avoid data breaches and identity theft.

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