Carolina Shred Knowledge

One Time Purge vs. Scheduled Service

Posted by Ryan Richard on Jan 15, 2020 9:00:00 AM

Organizations of every size and in every industry benefit from specialty document shredding services. Secure and timely shredding can help protect your organization’s proprietary information as well as the confidential information of your employees and clients, like their account numbers, addresses, and phone numbers. At the same time, failure to comply with retention guidelines – that is, shredding documents before it's time to shred them - can put your organization at risk.

The Importance of Professional Hard Drive Shredding

Posted by Ryan Richard on Dec 17, 2019 9:00:00 AM

When it’s time to upgrade your computer, or you’re forced to upgrade because of outdated technology, you will probably move all of the data on the current hard drive to the new hard drive. However, that doesn’t mean the data is gone, even if you erase it after you’ve transferred it. Any criminal could get the hard drive and steal the data off of it. Even if you “wipe” the drive, a hacker could recover some or all of your sensitive data. To adequately protect your private data, and that of your clients if you are upgrading a business computer, contact Carolina Shred about our hard drive destruction services.

What Can I Shred with On-site Document Destruction

Posted by Dustin Rushing on Dec 10, 2019 9:00:00 AM

Have you ever wondered whether your shredded documents are being compromised? As a business, protecting the sensitive information of your customers and your proprietary information is key. Having an onsite shredding solution can help alleviate any questions and provide peace of mind. Mobile shredding companies come to you. The company can leave a lock box to house the documents that need to be shredded, and then on shredding day, set up outside so you can have an employee monitor and confirm the documents have been shredded and disposed. How does this work? Mobile shredding trucks are outfitted with the latest technology to keep your records and sensitive documents confidential. Most trucks are locked while the documents are being shredded, but there is a screen on the outside where the employee can see what is happening in real time. From paper documents to hard drives and electronics, a professional firm handles it all.

Dan Mayberry Joins Carolina Shred as Territory Manager

Posted by Ray Barry on Dec 4, 2019 9:00:00 AM

Carolina Shred, the fastest growing shredding company in the Southeast, has named Dan Mayberry as a Territory Manager for the Upstate of SC and Western NC. His responsibilities will include overseeing Operations for the Western NC and Upstate SC area.

How DIY Hard Drive Shredding is Unsecure

Posted by Ryan Richard on Nov 19, 2019 9:00:00 AM

When it comes to getting rid of documents and other technology, many people opt to do it themselves without realizing how quickly they are compromising sensitive information. While it is always good to use a firm that specializes in hard drive destruction, it is much better to physically destroy your hard drive instead of using a data wiping program. It’s important to note that physically destroying the hard drive doesn’t mean dropping it on the floor and thinking you’ve damaged it enough to harm the data on it. It takes much more than that.

What Gets Stolen From Old Hard Drives

Posted by Ray Barry on Nov 5, 2019 9:00:00 AM

What Gets Stolen From Old Hard Drives

Think about the last time your laptop or desktop computer bit the dust. Chances are you relegated it to the electronic waste facility (or sold for a few bucks on Craigslist) without a second thought. 

The Benefits of Document Destruction and Schedule Retention

Posted by Ryan Richard on Oct 30, 2019 8:00:00 AM

Most offices have a records retention schedule that determines how long the office has to keep client or patient records. At the end of the retention time, the office may shred the files if the clients or patients do not want them. Personnel should use proper procedures for document destruction of those documents and files that have an expired retention time. For example, the law requires many law offices to retain client files for at least seven years. At the end of seven years, the office may destroy the files if the client does not want them.

Medical Documents You Need to Shred Now

Posted by Dustin Rushing on Oct 16, 2019 8:00:00 AM

Medical businesses and some other businesses are required to keep records for a certain period of time pursuant to HIPPA regulations. Additionally, when it’s time to get rid of those records, these businesses must dispose of medical documents and other personal or confidential documents in such a manner so that no person may recover the documents. While North Carolina has no state law dictating how long a business must keep client or patient files, federal laws and regulations do.

On-Site Shredding for Businesses

Posted by Ryan Richard on Oct 4, 2019 8:00:00 AM

Many businesses have confidential files that must be destroyed daily as those files reach the end of their retention schedule. Shredding these documents with a small office shredder not only takes up employee time but if the shredder is not a cross-cut shredder, it is possible for someone to recreate the documents. Carolina Shred provides locked shredding bins and on site shredding for businesses so that office personnel may dispose of old documents in a safe manner with less cost. Business shredding with Carolina Shred also saves a business money.

What Are the Different Types of Shredders?

Posted by Ray Barry on Sep 18, 2019 9:00:00 AM

Different types of shredders cut paper into different sized pieces. Shredders that produce the smallest pieces provide the highest level of security but also cost more. When you choose a paper shredding service provider, consider how much security you need. Large companies need more sophisticated shredders to provide the most protection, while small businesses and people shredding their household papers are often able to use simpler machines.

What are the DIN Standards?

Posted by Ray Barry on Sep 4, 2019 8:00:00 AM

What are the DIN Standards?

DIN standards have seven levels, which indicate the size of the paper particle once it goes through the shredder. The levels start at P-1 and go through P-7. If you need high security for your shredded documents, you need a shredder that uses a higher number. P-7 is the most secure as it’s the smallest paper particle. While the DIN standard is rather complicated, part of it is paper shredder security levels, which simply tell you the size of the paper once shredded. Thus, a shredder that cuts at level P-5 is more secure than a shredder that cuts at level P-2.

What is the GDPR? Is My Business Compliant?

Posted by Ray Barry on Aug 21, 2019 8:00:00 AM

The GDPR is the EU General Data Protection Regulation. It replaces the Data Protection Directive 95/46/EC. The GDPR definition is a process that applies to personal data processing by processors and controller in the EU. It also applies to personal data processing by a processor or controller that is not established in the EU if the processor or controller offers goods and/or services to EU citizens.

Shredding: The Safest and Most Cost-Effective Identity Theft Protection

Posted by Ray Barry on Aug 9, 2019 9:30:00 AM

You may be looking into ways to prevent identity theft, including credit monitoring. While you might have a credit monitoring account, shredding is the safest, most cost-effective and best identity theft protection that you could use. If your documents are shredded, no one will be able to get their greedy hands on your personal information. Once you start shredding your documents, you will have less use for credit monitoring, though it is still a good idea to have that, especially if you have never destroyed personal information before.

Shred America Opens Florida Location

Posted by Ray Barry on Jul 22, 2019 1:00:00 PM

Shred America Opens Florida operation!

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.