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Ryan Richard

Ryan Richard is the CEO and Owner of Shred America and Carolina Shred.
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Easier Than You Think: Records Storage & Management Solutions

Posted by Ryan Richard on Jul 14, 2020 9:15:00 AM

Many industries, including legal, medical and financial industries, are required to keep records for several years – sometimes as long as 10 years. In some cases, your business must keep certain records for over 10 years. These documents take up a lot of space in the office – and may not be completely secure.

Tax Season: What Documents Should I Keep?

Posted by Ryan Richard on Mar 11, 2020 9:00:00 AM

All of us have our own methodology when it comes to tax season. Some of us haul out a thick stack of documents and receipts, and then attempt to sift through it all. Some turn everything over to an accountant and hope for the best. But regardless of whether you itemize or not, your tax documents could be a gateway to identity theft if you're not careful. From stolen mail to dumpster dives, this is a popular season for criminals to go after you. In addition, you'll need to hang onto certain documents just in case you're audited at some point down the line. As you go through all the forms, we'll give you a better idea of what should (and should not) head straight to the shredder.

Protecting Customers Data with Document Destruction

Posted by Ryan Richard on Feb 12, 2020 9:00:00 AM

Whether you are a business or an individual, identity protection is a major concern, especially now that most people have more than one device. However, though you might get many of your confidential documents via the internet, you still have plenty of paper documents. Virus protection, malware fighters, good firewalls, credit monitoring and other programs help to protect your online life. But what protects those physical documents that you have? The best way to keep people from stealing your identity by getting your paper documents is document destruction. This doesn’t mean just throwing them away or shredding them into strips. Thieves can put the strips back together. Instead, have your documents destroyed professionally by Carolina Shred’s cross-cut shredders.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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. 

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.

Why Law Firms Should Make 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.

Why is Confidentiality in the Workplace so Important?

Posted by Ryan Richard on Sep 18, 2018 9:00:00 AM

Many may wonder, “Why is confidentiality in the workplace so important?” Some information is obvious, such as employee or client social security numbers and financial information. Other information, such as certain business information and management information may not be so obvious. However, trade secrets and other information are usually highly confidential. Training employees as to what constitutes confidential business information goes a long way in protecting your business.

What Is Document Shredding

Posted by Ryan Richard on Sep 16, 2018 9:00:00 AM

Definition: Document Shredding

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Document shredding is the act of destroying paper documents by inserting them into a home, office, commercial, or mobile shredding device.  Document shredding services can help prevent identity thieves from obtaining sensitive information and exposing your clients, employees, and vendors information to financial conflicts.

Types of documents that should be shredded include:

  • Medical Records
  • Tax Returns
  • Employee Information
  • Credit Cards
  • Banking Accounts

How to Handle Confidential Documents in the Office

Posted by Ryan Richard on Sep 4, 2018 9:00:00 AM

One your entire organization learns how to handle confidential documents in the office, your trade secrets, employee information and customer information will be much safer. Part of handling confidential information best practices guidelines is knowing what documents are confidential. In addition to the physical handling and access of paper and digital information, employees should sign non-disclosure agreements (“NDA”). In some cases, you may need third parties who work with your company to sign NDAs.

How To Destroy Hard Drives: Hard Drive Disposal

Posted by Ryan Richard on Aug 7, 2018 9:00:00 AM

When it's time for a new computer, you need to take some steps to ensure that the data from the old hard drive isn't accessible. Even if you “wiped” the drive, some of your private data, such as passwords and bank account information, may still be accessible. The only way to ensure that someone isn't able to retrieve your private information is by ensuring that the hard drive is completely destroyed so that data is not retrievable. 

Mobile Shredding Trucks: How Do They Work?

Posted by Ryan Richard on May 22, 2018 9:00:00 AM

Mobile shredding trucks come out to your home or business to shred sensitive documents. You could either set up a schedule for us to come out or have us purge documents. If you are a business that has a lot of confidential information to discard, we provide locked boxes for you to deposit your documents into. As the boxes are filled, we come out and shred the contents. You might have us on a weekly, bi-weekly or monthly schedule. If you are purging, you might be a resident or a business that has documents that were saved for a recommended time that you need to get rid of.

What Is Onsite Document Shredding: Mobile Shredding

Posted by Ryan Richard on May 8, 2018 9:00:00 AM

If you have tons of documents to shred, whether you are a business or a residential customer, you need to dispose of those documents in a safe, secure, and environmental friendly way. Destroying old documents helps mitigate stolen information that unscrupulous people may use to steal your identity and benefit off you. For businesses owners, this is very important as you are legally required to keep your customers' information safe and out of the hands of criminals.

Benefits of Mobile Shredding Services: On-site Shredding

Posted by Ryan Richard on Apr 3, 2018 9:00:00 AM

When you shred documents yourself, someone with a lot of patience is still able to piece together the documents to gather private information about you or your clients and customers. Mobile shredding trucks cross-cut shredders that make it nearly impossible to piece together documents, plus the shredded documents are bagged and recycled. Instead of taking a chance of becoming an identity theft victim because of stolen documents, find a mobile shredding company near me to shred your documents and old digital media.  Carolina Shred offers mobile onsite shredding services for businesses in the Charlotte NC and surrounding areas.

Free Shredding Event For Camp Cadets Raises Over $2,000

Posted by Ryan Richard on Mar 20, 2018 9:00:00 AM

A free shredding event raised over $2,000 for Tega Cay Camp cadets. The shredding event was held at the Tega Cay Police Department and Carolina Shred provided the shredding trucks. American Burger Co. served burgers. Over 100 local residents brought personal documents to be shredded and over 350 local residents attended the event.

Challenges Businesses Have In Securing Data

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

The risks and threats of company data being purposely stolen or inadvertently “shared” are high unless you have excellent security measures in place. Some of the challenges businesses have in securing data may easily be overcome with a good security plan put in place, including locked boxes for documents that need to be shredded.

Risks and Threats Of Company Data

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

Over 78 percent of business and organizations have had their data breached in 2010 and 2011, according to a Ponemon Institute Study. Even with the advent of new security programs over the last year or two, companies still continue suffering data breaches. Insiders, negligent employees and hackers may all pose threats to data security and integrity.

In-house vs Outsourced Shredding

Posted by Ryan Richard on Oct 3, 2017 9:00:00 AM
Document shredding is an established protocol most businesses have with regards to disposing sensitive data and confidential information. Therefore, the next decisions remains: Who should perform the shredding?

The Difference Between Commercial and Home Shredders

Posted by Ryan Richard on Sep 21, 2017 9:00:00 AM

Maybe you rip documents into teeny tiny pieces before tossing them into the trash. Perhaps you cut old credit cards with scissors prior to discarding them. Maybe you go a step further and toss these pieces into separate garbage bags to make them less likely to be put back together in a sinister jigsaw puzzle entertaining an identity theft. If you already take these steps to protect personal information, then you might as well learn about document shredders, the difference between a commercial shredder and a standard home shredder, and what steps you should be taking to safeguard your sensitive information or your customers' information if your company has yet to establish a document discard policy. 

Documents You Need To Shred Now

Posted by Ryan Richard on Sep 14, 2017 9:00:00 AM

Shredding documents help keep your identity from being stolen. Even things that seem innocent, such as prescription labels, could help someone steel your identity. Even though things like your address and phone number might be public record, identity thieves could pair this easy-gotten information with other information to make stealing identities easier. They may even use relatives' names to locate your social media pages.

Legislation in the Shredding Industry

Posted by Ryan Richard on Aug 17, 2017 9:00:00 AM

Shredders are inundated with shredding industry legislation to keep your information safe. Several laws exist to help keep your personal information safe from identity thieves. Shredding companies like Carolina Shred must abide by these laws, whether you are a business or an individual that uses the company to destroy personal records, whether paper or electronic.

Don't Let Your Workplace Documents Be A Security Risk

Posted by Ryan Richard on Jul 20, 2017 9:00:00 AM

If you are one of the few companies that still uses paper documents or keeps paper documents, the information contained in them may be at risk. Keeping paper documents without the proper security allows anyone to raid recycling bins or trash cans. And, if employees leave confidential information on their desks, anyone could walk by and take the documents or copy the information.

Hackers Are Targeting Medical Records: Be Prepared

Posted by Ryan Richard on Jun 8, 2017 9:00:00 AM

Hackers cost the medical industry over $6 billion per year, and that number is steadily growing, according to an IT security researcher, the Ponemon Institute. Because the protections are lax at physicians' practices and at hospitals, they are easy targets. And, combined with that, with one person's medical record commanding up to $1,000 on the darknet, this industry is a ripe target. Compare this to $0.25 for a credit card number and $0.10 for a social security number.

Guide To Shredding Medical Documents

Posted by Ryan Richard on May 4, 2017 9:00:00 AM

Certain businesses, including medical businesses, are subject to HIPPA regulations. This means that records must be kept secure for a certain amount of time, and they must be disposed of properly when it's time to get rid of them. For medical facilities, there may be several different rules, rather than one set rule that states you must keep documents for a certain number of years.

Commonly Asked Questions About Document Shredding

Posted by Ryan Richard on May 3, 2017 9:00:00 AM

Before hiring a shredding company, many businesses, particularly those who deal with secure documents, have common questions about document shredding. Carolina Shred handles all documents with the utmost care, ensuring that any confidential information stays confidential and that your documents and other items that require shredding are secure.

What Documents Should I Keep After Filing Taxes

Posted by Ryan Richard on Apr 18, 2017 9:00:00 AM

Now that your taxes are done – hopefully – you may get rid of some of that paper that is taking up space in your filing cabinet. But, you don't get to throw all of it out, not just yet. What you can throw out should be shredded by a shredding company such as Carolina Shred.

Recycle That Shredded Paper

Posted by Ryan Richard on Mar 9, 2017 9:00:00 AM

The why recycle shredded paper question is easily answered. It’s to safeguard confidential documents and maintain privacy. But, when it comes time to recycle that shredded paper, there are some problems that you need to be aware of. When paper is shredded, the lengths of the individual paper fibers are cut. This can reduce the recycling potential of that fiber. Also, when mixed paper from businesses and households are shredded, that paper gets grabbed by automated screens that get pulled into the reject bin and go off to the landfill. Shredded paper is also difficult to sort from other recyclables.  So, why should you recycle that shredded paper?

Shredding Documents - But What If I Didn't?

Posted by Ryan Richard on Mar 6, 2017 9:00:00 AM

When you notice transactions on your bank account or credit card that you know you didn't make, your heart sinks, knowing that your information was somehow compromised. The first thought through your head is, “My identity was stolen, this needs to get fixed.” However, several steps must be taken to repair the damage, and it may seem overwhelming at first. So that you don't miss anything, make a list of what to do if your identity is stolen. So how do you prevent identity theft and what steps to take if your identity is stolen.

Why You Should Shred Your Documents

Posted by Ryan Richard on Feb 9, 2017 9:00:00 AM

Do you just toss most junk mail and other documents that become useless in the trash? You could be setting yourself up for identity theft if you do. Certain documents should be kept forever, some should be kept for a number of years, and some could be thrown away immediately. However, you should take note of what kind of information is contained in those documents before you chuck them.

Protect Your Business Documents and Prevent Identity Theft

Posted by Ryan Richard on Dec 22, 2016 9:00:00 AM

Information is power. However, that information can damage your company’s privacy and even the business itself. It can also lead to security breaches and identity theft. And when it comes to document destruction, there are federal and state laws on how to properly dispose of data. The risks that documents fall under include:

The Importance of Document Destruction

Posted by Ryan Richard on Dec 8, 2016 9:00:00 AM

As a business, it’s important to destroy documents according to a retention schedule. There are specific regulations and rules that need to be followed in order to stay on the right side of the law. And keeping some documents for longer than needed can cause as many problems as not keeping those documents long enough.

Four Reasons To Outsource Your Document Destruction

Posted by Ryan Richard on Oct 17, 2016 9:00:00 AM

According to the SBA, Small Businesses employ about half of the nation’s private workforce.

What Documents Should You Shred?

Posted by Ryan Richard on Oct 4, 2016 9:00:00 AM

At some point, you will need to get rid of important documents and papers that contain sensitive information like:

  • Client information
  • Employee records
  • Medical records
  • Tax records
  • Credit card statements

Stacking them in a corner of your home office, or under your bed, only works for so long. Eventually you will need to toss out those old tax returns, pay stubs, receipts and other once-important papers.