Carolina Shred Knowledge

What Gets Stolen From Paper Documents: Identity Theft

Posted by Ray Barry on Jun 11, 2019 9:00:00 AM

People throw junk mail and other papers away without thinking twice about what information could be gleaned from those documents. Your address is a big piece of the puzzle when someone is trying to steal your identity. As part of identity theft prevention, you should shred any piece of paper with your address, phone number or other identifying information on it.

Can Paper Shredding Be Eco-Friendly?

Posted by Ryan Richard on Jun 9, 2019 9:00:00 AM

Document shredding is the best way to get rid of any document with personal information, but can paper shredding be eco-friendly? Yes. In fact, it is better for the environment to shred documents you no longer need. The trucks that come out to your business or home are very efficient on gas mileage, plus the collection console use low-emissions materials.

Why Mobile Shredding is the Most Beneficial

Posted by Jason McCray on May 9, 2019 9:00:00 AM

Mobile shredding has many benefits and the most important benefit is that it is nearly impossible for someone to reconstruct a document. With home shredders or those found in small offices, the paper is shredded into strips, which takes a little patience and time to reconstruct. Crosscut shredders create piles of tiny pieces. Those pieces are mixed with others’ documents and then baled before sending to a recycling company.

5 Tips to Avoid Confidential Information Theft

Posted by Ray Barry on Apr 24, 2019 9:00:00 AM

Confidential information and trade secrets are often the targets of identity thieves and disgruntled employees. The Trademarks Act, Copyright Act and Patent Act do not regulate many trade secrets or any confidential information. This means that you have to protect this information yourself. Security compliance should be taught at your place of employment or your business if you are a business owner.

Confidential Information Compromise: Next Steps

Posted by Dustin Rushing on Apr 11, 2019 9:00:00 AM

In 2017, a security breach at Equifax caused over 145 million Americans to have their personal information accessed. And that doesn’t count the millions who were harmed or potentially harmed by security breaches at JP Morgan Chase, Target and Uber. You may do everything you can to keep your confidential information out of the hands of identity thieves, but there’s not much you can do if they access it through a company you trust to keep your information safe.

IRS Identity Theft

Posted by Ray Barry on Mar 26, 2019 9:00:00 AM

 

Tax Document Checklist

Posted by Dustin Rushing on Mar 12, 2019 9:00:00 AM

 

Knowing which documents you need to do your taxes and having them at your fingertips makes doing your taxes much easier. You will be able to do your taxes all in one shot instead of stopping for hours or days to get back to them. And, if you have an accountant do the taxes, the accountant won’t be delayed by having to call you for additional documents. Documents you need for include:

Should Your Law Firm Invest in a Shredding Service?

Posted by Ryan Richard on Jan 29, 2019 9:00:00 AM

Any firm, whether medical, law, accounting or other industry that deals with client records, should use shredding services. These types of firms must keep client records for a specific amount of time, after which, if the client doesn’t want his or her file, the file may be disposed of. However, you can’t just dump the file in the landfill.

Document Disposal for Accounting Firms

Posted by Ryan Richard on Jan 15, 2019 9:00:00 AM

Accounting firms, like many other firms, must get rid of old files responsibly. Because of the nature of the information contained in an accounting firm’s files, the files cannot be thrown in the trash – they must be destroyed so that they cannot be put back together.

5 Ways to Prevent Identity Theft or a Security Breach

Posted by Ray Barry on Nov 28, 2018 9:00:00 AM

Over 17 million Americans fall victim to identity theft every year. Every day, you hear about some high-profile corporation having security breaches or a scenario that could lead to an identity theft nightmare. If major department stores, large corporations, political parties and even the USPS can be hacked, you can be hacked too. Protect yourself and protect your business from identity theft by taking certain actions to protect your personal information or to protect company data from identity thieves.

3 Tactics To Protect Confidential Information In The Office

Posted by Ryan Richard on Nov 6, 2018 9:00:00 AM

Protecting confidential information in the office is one of the most important functions a business does. If confidential information gets out to the public by any means, the business could be subject to fines. When a business hires new employees, part of the orientation should include procedures to protect confidential information. Your business should also hold "reminder" meetings regarding protecting documents. 

5 Examples of Confidential Information in the Office

Posted by Ray Barry on Oct 29, 2018 9:00:00 AM

If confidential business information gets into the wrong hands, a business could fail. Or, it could suffer at the hands of criminals. Keeping business, employee and management information under lock and key and only available to those who need to know the information is just one of the ways to prevent your data from falling into the wrong hands. Learn how to keep these 5 examples of confidential information in the office away from the wrong people.

Legal Documents Law Firms Need To Shred

Posted by Ryan Richard on Oct 23, 2018 9:00:00 AM

Law firms must keep client documents for a set number of years depending on the type of file. Some documents, such as wills, trusts and other estate planning documents should be kept for at least the lifetime of the client. However, if all files were kept forever, it would become a financial burden because of the space those files take. After the requisite number of years have passed, those files may be destroyed after notifying the client.

How to Protect Confidential Information in the Office

Posted by Ryan Richard on Oct 9, 2018 9:00:00 AM

Most offices have several types of confidential information. You may think that just because you aren’t a large company that employee and customer confidentiality isn’t a major issue. However, no matter the size of your company, you do have confidential information and security risks. Learn how to keep information confidential so that you aren’t liable for fines or lawsuits from employees and customers should their information get into the wrong hands.

3 Reasons Why Your Law Firm Should Make Document Shredding A Priority

Posted by Ryan Richard on Sep 26, 2018 9:00:00 AM

Law firms are notorious for accumulating box after box of sensitive case files and other confidential information.  Attorneys are held to high standards when it comes to protecting client information.

Files must be kept for a certain period of time after the case closes, and some files may not be destroyed. RPC 209 requires that attorneys keep documents for a minimum of six years after a case closes before document shredding can occur.

However, items such as estate documents, real estate documents and some financial documents should be kept forever. An attorney may destroy a file prior to the six-year minimum, but he or she must have permission from the client. Since files are the client’s property, the attorney also has the option of giving the file to the client.

  

5 Reasons Why Shredding Sensitive Documents Is Important

Posted by Ryan Richard on Sep 21, 2018 9:00:00 AM

Shredding important documents – documents with any personal information, even an address – is one of the most important things you can do whether you are a business or an individual. Most people and businesses realize that shredding documents that no longer need to be kept is important, but some do not realize just how important it is. The top 5 reasons to shred documents includes identity theft and protection of customer data.