Tax returns, credit card statements, bank account statements, and more contain highly-sensitive information. Identity thieves absolutely would like nothing more than to get their hands and eyes on such material. Within a few hours, a skilled identity thief could use the information to pilfer funds and/or open new credit accounts. Anyone even remotely interesting in keeping this from occurring should invest in document shredding services. There really is no better option than investing in basic paper shredding work.
Tearing up the documents — or even cutting them with scissors — is really not sufficient. The even if one scrap has clearly identifiable information on it, someone could use that scrap to cause all manner of havoc. Running full or cut up documents through a paper shredding machine is just a much safer bet. Really, it is not a bet at all since the process doesn’t exactly involve any real risk. Some do wish to take risks, which could be an identity thief’s dream.
Assumptions Are Very Risky
A business known to house sensitive materials is sure to have its dumpsters and trash bins monitored by thieves. A business’ trash is probably loaded with more treasures than a home’s. Thieves won’t target a home then, right? Making such an assumption could prove to be disastrous. Businesses are far less likely with the way sensitive documents are destroyed than would be the case with a private home. Checking out the contents of a homeowner’s trash could yield some major rewards. Anyone who assumes a trash can is not a target is taking a major risk for sure.
Picked Up Trash Is Not Secure Trash
Even if the ripped up documents are put in a trash bag and the bag is picked up for collection, a great many question marks remain. Who can tell what will happen with the bag on its travels? Rather than worry, drop sensitive materials off with a service better capable of handling the task. Do this with computer drives as well. A data destruction service could also render a hard drive impossible to restore.
Shredded and Secured
The disposal of the shredded materials is also done in a secure way. The extra step further ensures safety. The more layers of security and protection that exist, the less of a chance of anything going wrong. And is that not the result that should be sought after? To learn more, the Shred-it website may be able to provide additional insights.