Why should I use a shredder?
Paper shredders can be found in just about every office across America, whether home or corporate. Machines that were previously considered a luxury are now becoming a necessity, even legally required in many cases. But how does that pertain to you? Here are five reasons why having a shredder may be right for you.
- Confidentiality. Often we live with the mentality of “It won’t happen to me.” We learn this attitude as children and don’t outgrow it as adults. Identity theft seems so far removed from us…until it happens. Did you know that one in ten Americans have already been victimized by identity thieves? In 2008, there were ten million identity theft victims in the United States alone. One of the most common ways is dumpster diving for discarded personal information. Using a paper shredder to destroy personal and business information before disposing of it can save you time and money, not to mention the hassle of attempting to recover a stolen identity.
- It’s the law. The implementation of two federal laws require the use of a shredder. One is the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), which demands that the privacy of every person’s health information be respected. The other is the Fair and Accurate Credit Transactions Act (FACTA) which requires personal employee information to be destroyed before being thrown away. To keep compliant, you must have at least a level three shredder to destroy these items and keep them safely out of the wrong hands.
- To save money. Companies often turn to a shredding service to take care of document destruction. But besides lessening security by allowing confidential documents to leave the building, this practice is also a waste of money. While a decent shredder can be a large investment up front, it will save you money in the long run by eliminating costly monthly payments. The other way you’ll save money is by keeping your identity intact. Victims spend an average of $851 to $1378 simply trying to resolve the issue, which doesn’t take into consideration assets lost when financial information is involved.
- Keep confidential items in house. Shredding services sift confidential items through several pairs of hands between loading the truck, driving to their site, unloading, and finally shredding. With an in-house shredder, you can watch as sensitive materials change from full size documents into tiny pieces. You are in total control of who has access to your private information, whether it’s personal data or confidential business paperwork.
- Convenience. It may seem easier to let someone else take care of your shredding needs. But who needs extra piles of paper on their desk? It’s just as easy to have a deskside shredder and slide in your unwanted items as they arise. This not only keeps your information safe from prying eyes, but your desk will stay clearer as well.