Let’s face it; your identity is one of your most valuable possessions. It’s imperative that you are doing everything you can to keep the identity of your business, employees, and yourself protected. Nowadays identity theft cases continue to occur here in Texas and the rest of the United States, and the number of data breaches occurring as a result are putting thousands of people in compromising situations. What’s the solution for remaining secure? Be cautious with any information that is deemed private, and ensure to keep the below tips in mind as preventative measures.
Check Your Credit Report
Every US citizen is permitted to one free credit report each year; take advantage of this. When you get your credit report, confirm that all details are accurate and that there are no signs of peculiar activity, specifically any new accounts opened. For the greatest protection, consider signing up for a service that notifies you when changes take place on your credit report.
Secure Your Confidential Documents
Your social security card, passport, birth certificate and credit cards are highly sought-after material for identity thieves because they command tip dollar on the black market. Be sure to always keep these documents in a safe and secure area, such as a locked cabinet or dresser; they should never be left out in plain sight. Don’t carry these items in your wallet unless you have to. Obviously a credit card is typically kept in one’s wallet, but just pay careful attention to its whereabouts at all times. If you have to travel, pay special attention to keeping your passport stored away in a secure spot, such as a locked safe in your hotel room.
Watch for Phishing Scams
Phishing is a technique used by identity thieves utilizing email or online chat services. The perpetrator will disguise a company, such as a bank, paypal or another company and will attempt to solicit information from you, usually through the click of a link. The thief may even claim to represent a charity or giveaway. Never respond to such requests or click any links that appear to be suspicious. Remember that any reputable business will not use this method to get in touch with you.
Hire a Document Shredding Service to Securely Shred Your Documents
Sensitive business records that have been disposed of unsafely are left entirely open to dumpster divers. Failing to first physically shred unwanted documents may cause your valuable information, such as bank reports, credit card statements or business documents to be compromised, putting you or your business at significant risk. Hiring a professional document shredding company in Texas like Armstrong Archives is the most reliable solution for ensuring your private information never winds up in the wrong hands.
Armstrong Archives will provide your business with lockable, secure document storage containers at no additional cost. These lockable collection bins are to be used for the purpose of collecting sensitive documents and keeping them away from prying eyes of passersby. When your previously scheduled document shredding appointment approaches, we’ll arrive onsite at your location to transport your documents down to our shred truck and begin shredding all documents immediately. Feel free to watch the process for additional peace of mind! After material has been shred, you will be provided with a Certificate of Destruction, outlining that you took the steps necessary to comply with information destruction laws.
Get in touch with Armstrong Archives for document shredding services that are secure and completed by industry experts. Call us today to learn more about our document shredding at 972-635-0983
Posted By: Sherri Taylor – President/Managing Partner
Sherri Taylor is the Managing Partner and President of Armstrong Archives, one of the largest independent records and information management companies in the Dallas/Ft Worth area.