Residential shredding is becoming more and more popular these days.
It can often seem like our homes are drowning in a sea of old paper, but simply throwing out items can lead to identity thieves getting the information they need to steal our identities or access our computer systems.
Most of us don’t fancy slaving over a hot shredder when we’re having a clear-out, so more and more people are turning to residential shredding companies such as The Shred Centre.
They offer a value-for-money service which frees us up to enjoy family life.
Which documents should be dealt with by residential shredding?
Bank statements and letters – These contain bank numbers and sort codes, information about the amount of money going through your account and may contain your key information to help you access the account. They may also contain information about accounts you’ve paid money into, including those of family and friends.
Credit card statements and old credit or bank cards – Keep your financial information secure by shredding these.
Utility bills containing your name and address – This is a key piece of information used to prove someone’s identity, so don’t leave them hanging around for identity thieves to steal.
Old ID cards, passports, or driving licenses – Identity thieves love these documents and can use them to cause havoc in your life.
Old bills from garages or builders – Which will contain banking information. Your tradespeople won’t thank you for letting them fall into the wrong hands.
Post It notes containing passwords or other confidential information – Hackers often start looking for information in the physical world. Your PCs and laptops won’t be secure for very long if this sort of information is thrown into the normal recycling.
Letters from doctors and dentists – No one wants their medical information to become public knowledge, so shredding these is vital.
Your diary – This single document would give an identity thief so much information about you – your daily habits, where you go regularly, and the names and addresses of friends and family which are often contained in the back. It’s also often tempting to write PIN numbers or passwords in our diaries, isn’t it?
Old hard drives – Think of the information contained on your old laptop or PC’s hard drive. Simply deleting it won’t wipe it completely and clever hackers will be able to retrieve it. The best way to ensure it remains secure is to shred the hard drive.
Do you work from home?
The lines between home and work have also become far more blurred than they used to be.
Many of us work from home on a regular basis or run a home-based business, so there are old documents like invoices, bills, and business plans which will need to be dealt with securely.
Under the General Data Protection Regulation which came into force in 2018, businesses have a duty to protect such confidential information.
So, either your business or that of your employer could be liable to a hefty fine if there is a data breach caused by information being lost from insecure confidential waste.
How do you choose the right residential shredding company?
Look for a company which will collect even a small amount of confidential waste for shredding, like The Shred Centre, rather than expecting you to wait until you have a large amount.
Examine their accreditations for quality of service, safety of your information, and care for the environment.
Then, take a look at their testimonials and see what other customers say about them.