Identity theft is a serious problem. That’s why, when it comes to protecting your private information, it pays to know the truth. Here are five document shredding myths to beware of:
Myth 1: A Shredder is a Shredder
There’s a big difference between a store-bought paper shredder and a professional paper shredder. Many store-bought machines shred documents into strips which can potentially be reconstructed. Professional shredders, on the other hand, use a cross-cut method, destroying documents into small, unrecognizable, impossible-to-reconstruct pieces. If you want the most reliable and secure privacy protection solution for your information, choose a professional paper shredding service.
Myth 2: Paper Clips and Staples Need to Be Removed Before Shredding
You should, in fact, need to remove staples, paper clips, rubber bands, etc. when shredding files with an office shredder. Failure to so can damage the shredding blades in your machine. However, when you use a professional shredding service, there’s no need to remove the things holding your files together; industrial grade shredding blades are capable of destroying even non-paper items, including old tapes and hard drives.
Myth 3: Outsourced Paper Shredding Is Expensive
Nothing could be further from the truth, especially when you calculate the time and cost of shredding your documents in-house. Secure destruction consoles are delivered to your business free of charge. Instead of spending time standing over your office paper shredder and feeding documents into the machine, you can drop your documents into the container in just a few seconds. Your documents will then be collected on a regular basis and destroyed for you.
Myth 4: It’s Better to Keep Information Rather Than Shred It
Naturally, some documents must be kept in order for your organization to meet retention compliance requirements. But holding onto them longer than you’re legally required to, can compound compliance and privacy risks. When documents have reached the end of the retention lifecyle you should destroy them.
Myth 5: Outsourced Shredding Won’t Help My Business Comply With Privacy Laws
An outsourced shredding service actually offers your business enhanced regulatory compliance. Its services are designed to not only meet national privacy requirements, but also to meet California privacy laws—the strictest in the nation. You benefit by having your confidential information destroyed within an unbroken chain of custody that limits your exposure to data breaches and civil litigation. From the use of strict chain of custody processes to the screened professionals who handle your documents, you know your information is going to remain confidential during every step of the destruction process.
Now that you know the truth about document shredding, what’s stopping you from partnering with a trusted, local document destruction provider?
Sentry Storage Solutions offers shredding and destruction solutions to businesses in the Greater San Diego area, and Chula Vista, California. For more information about our services, please contact us by phone or complete the form on this page.