One of the great concerns people have when considering a shredding service provider is having to trust them with how they handle your documents. When you hand off your documents and leave, you are no longer there to see what happens, anything could happen and you’d have no idea. Did the integrity of the staff ensure nothing suspicious happened between handoff and shredding? Did shredding even happen? These are very valid concerns when it’s your secure information at stake.
Mobile shredding service is the answer for those who are rightly hesitant about handing off information and walking away. It’s a bold claim to say it’s the most secure service, and we’re going to prove that today. It all comes down to several factors: uniformed personnel, lockable containers, industrial grade shred truck, observing the process, and receiving a shred certificate. Let’s get into it!
5 Reasons For Mobile Shredding Service
Perhaps this is self evident, but you shouldn’t just let anyone walk up, take your documents, and go off to shred them. Our staff is all trained and uniformed appropriately so you know who they are at a glance. By receiving the highest level of compliance training, everyone is certified in the proper handling of sensitive information. You won’t be trusting just anybody.
The time between shredding is the time when something could be “misplaced”. So what is one to do? A safe place is needed that won’t bog down the workflow, and while Fort Knox sounds like a great idea, something that’s a bit more accessible is needed. Enter the shred bin, a lockable container designed to let papers in and are placed for unobtrusive yet easy access.
Only our uniformed personnel have the ability to unlock these containers, and it’s only done when shredding is about to happen. With different sizes depending on your needs, you’re able to safely store documents leading up to your shred day without violating any compliance laws.
The Industrial Shred Truck
So where exactly does the “mobile” aspect come into play with the mobile shredding service? As you may be able to guess from the above title, it comes in the form of a big white truck! So how exactly is it more secure than traditional shredding you ask? It all comes down to the fact that there is no transportation involved. Documents are loaded into the truck and shredded right on the spot.
No throwing them into the back of a wagon and driving off, no minimal capacity needed before the shredder can be turned on, and no maximum capacity for your job either for that matter. Simply load the container, raise it up, tip it over, and shred everything from papers, to folders, to staples, and paper clips. The shredder chews through all of it, and you can even see it happen live on T.V. (more on that below)!
Observing The Whole Process
At the start we suggested that turning around and trusting that shredding has occurred is a bit of a leap. With this whole mobile shredding thing, there is no need to walk off without knowing what has happened. From the time that our uniformed personnel arrives at your location, through them collecting your documents, wheeling the bin outside to the truck, and starting the shredding, you will see it all. We encourage you to come along and see everything happen.
Above you hinted at there being a T.V. feature with the trucks. This is true! There is a monitor on the side that lets you look into the belly of the beast as it were and see the magic happen. Seeing a mass of papers getting chewed up can be a sight to behold, and you’ll know without a shadow of a doubt that your records have been destroyed. Why not throw some coloured papers in to get a more impressive show while you’re there?
Certificate Of Destruction
When the confetti has cleared, there is one more thing to do before the job is done. A certificate of destruction will be signed off and awarded to you. This is a guarantee that proper shredding has happened, and is proof for your records that you were compliant with shred requirements.
Secure And Convenient
With the most secure service you can get, and the fact that it comes to you, your peace of mind won’t be sacrificing convenience. This is why we think mobile shredding services are the most secure out there, and hopefully you now see why yourself. As always, for any questions or interest in this, reach out to us and we’ll help you.
It’s what we do.
Time and time again we get reminded that information theft is on the rise. It comes in many forms and at all times of day. Internal fraud is a horrible thought, that trusted people within your organization would do this, but it does happen. A careless information disposal process can lead to some dumpster diver finding a treasure trove of private information they can exploit. A door that’s meant to be locked can act as the access point for an aspiring villain should it be left ajar, and maybe that door leads right to your server room.
In this day and age of computers and the internet we have even more potential for attack from the far reaches of the web. Cyber security mistakes can cost you more than embarrassment and a slap on the wrist. Loss of trust and finances, years of battling ahead of you in an attempt to recover. At the end of the day you may not ever come back to what you were before things went pear shaped.
With all that said, let’s look at 6 information theft facts that might just make the difference for your information security efforts.
The 6 Facts
Be wary of public Wi-Fi
The miracle of having wi-fi nearly everywhere these days is still impressive when one stops to think of it. Having access to the greatest library of information in human history right at your fingertips whenever you want. With greater access comes greater risk. A nefarious individual, properly prepared, can monitor your activity and capture any web credentials you might happen to use. Still think it’s ok to do your banking through public wi-fi?
Identity theft is always happening
Back in the olden days of 2017, it’s estimated that a new victim of identity theft is created every 2 seconds. Yes, you did in fact read that properly, every 2 seconds. A big reason for this is our old friend the internet. Having too many accounts and putting too much information out there are all avenues of risk. Consolidate your accounts, close old ones you no longer use, limit how much private information you put out there.
Personal information sells
So you have personal information out there somewhere, and maybe someone steals it. It could be your social security number, might be some medical records, or something as simple as your credit card information. The thief might not necessarily actively use it to commit fraud. Instead they can auction it to the highest bidder, making a handy little profit off your credentials, and slipping away while someone else goes about using them.
A breach in finances can clean you out
We’ve all got this nightmare of waking up one day and finding our hard earned cash gone like dust in the wind. Sometimes nightmares come true. It can only take a moment for someone with your information to clean out all your accounts, leaving you with nothing. What about instead of taking all your money, they take out massive loans in your name? You’re going to have a hard time proving it wasn’t you.
Children are targets to
Sad to say that kids aren’t any safer from information theft than the rest of us. If your child was targeted it may take years for you to find out. Children are less likely to get their information checked over until they have come of age. It’ll come as a shock when something comes up while applying for that first job.
No one is 100% safe
Well there it is, not too much else to say. We can do everything right, take all necessary steps, be as secure as possible, and still become a victim of information theft. Despite that, we still must do everything we can do prevent it.
That’s All Folks
We’ve hit our 6 facts, and hopefully you will take something away from them. If you’re interested in knowing more, Norton has a great article of 15 information theft facts you can check out. Heed what you have read here and elsewhere. The best defense is a good education on the topic so you can be as prepared as possible.