At Carolina Fibre Corporation, we pride ourselves on providing extensive recycling services to those living and working in the Greensboro area. One of our most popular services, especially for businesses, is our confidential document destruction service, also known as Confidential Shredding. Not only does this important service help you dispose sensitive documents in a responsible way, it also protects the people you work with and serve.
Most people are aware of identify theft these days, but in this case being aware of an issue doesn’t stop it. According to a recent CNN article, identity fraud hits a new victim every two seconds, and the average amount of money stolen from a single person as a result of identity theft is $1500.
One of the biggest sources of identity theft are data breaches by businesses and corporations. For example, nearly everyone remembers the Target debacle of 2013. When Target revealed that their data has been compromised, it caused a huge backlash and a loss of trust in the brand. While Target was able to rebuild their reputation thanks to a massive marketing campaign, it’s safe to say that most small businesses lack Target’s resources and wouldn’t be nearly as lucky. Rather than take an unnecessary risk with your data, confidential information, and employee and customer records, it’s far better to dispose of them properly and rest easy, knowing your bases are covered.
What Should You Shred?
When it comes to anything that contains confidential, sensitive, or personal information, shredding is the appropriate choice. Recycling alone isn’t enough—copies of these items must be completely destroyed once you’re done with them. (Note: originals should never be shredded! Keep those in a locked, fireproof box or filing cabinet.) The list of documents that should be shredded includes, but is not limited to:
- Address labels on junk mail and magazines
- Bank statements, loan applications, and receipts
- Copies of birth certificates, driver’s licenses, and passports
- Anything that lists a name, phone number, email, and/or address
- Anything containing banking information and/or passwords
- Anything that lists a person’s social security number
- Resumes, transcripts, and report cards
- Tax information, paystubs, and pension plan documents
- Medical and dental records
While desktop shredders will get the job done, they can be time consuming to use, especially if you have a large amount of paper to shred. That’s where Carolina Fibre Corporation comes in.
To help protect you, your business, your employees, and your customers from identity theft and fraud, enlist the help of our Confidential Shredding services. When we’re done, we’ll even provide you with a certificate of destruction, backed by the National Association for Information Destruction (NAID). This group’s mission is to promote the information destruction industry and the standards and ethics of its member companies. (See? We’re not the only ones who take the destruction of information seriously!)
If your business handles any amount of sensitive or personal information, don’t cut corners. Instead, contact Carolina Fibre Corporation and we’ll make sure your documents are properly destroyed.