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6 Shredding Tips to Prevent Identity Theft

Shredding may at times prove to be a lot of work while at other times quite an interesting activity to perform. Shredding in some cases can be inconvenient but still a necessary activity that is important for the protection of one’s identity and that of other to whom you’ve been entrusted. It is an exercise one may not always wish to perform but it could still be beneficial.

Managing documents that can be shredded

For primary documents that include mail and documents containing your name, shred while destroying other items like old tax documents, prescription bottles and even disks that contain data within. Investment and bank statements should be completely destroyed as well.

Secondary documents in the form of ATM receipts, utility bills, insurance policies, credit card statements etc. should only be retained for an average of two years for use in a scenario where a mistake needs to be rectified. If the documents can however be online accessed, they should be immediately shredded. Home owning documents should only be kept for a maximum for roughly a year after sale.

Devices such as hard drives SD cards etc. are to be destroyed. Reformatting and reinstalling of an OS only gets rid of the majority of data within but the devices are still recommended for certain shredders for non-paper files, this is also known as a sledgehammer. Reduction in the general use of paper helps to minimize the need for the shredding exercise. Reduction in paper use has been made possible by the current availability of e-documents.

Shred-a-thon exercise is facilitated through the hiring of trucks where the boxes can be observed as their contents are shredded on site. Based on the amount of things that are to be shredded, the documents can be gathered into large quantities then burnt to ashes.

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