Paper Shredder Tips & Suggestions – Cut Down On Identity Theft

Let’s all be honest, identity theft is a growing problem. Criminals are becoming smarter and craftier at what they do. Chances are pretty good you know someone who has had their identity stolen. There are many aspects to identity theft. As an office equipment business, we focus on the paper end of identity theft. This involves the proper disposal of receipts, bills, bank statements, credit card applications and other paper material that can potentially be used in identity theft.

The best way to cut down on identity theft related to personal information on paper is to use a paper shredder. We recommend that paper shredders be placed in your house wherever you open your mail. This makes it more convenient to shred sensitive information versus throwing it away. Cross-cut shredders do the best job of shredding sensitive information. You can find our huge selection of paper shredders here.

If you own or run a business, there are a few paper shredder related laws that you should be aware of. Two such laws are HIPAA and FACTA. Both of these laws are federally mandated and apply to most businesses. I will go into a little detail on both of theses laws.

The HIPAA Act (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996) enforces strict standards that protect patient health information. Part of this law requires that if patient data is no longer required or needed, it must be destroyed rather than thrown away. Paper shredders are probably the most common and convenient way of doing this.

FACTA (Fair and Accurate Credit Transactions Act) is a law designed to protect customer and employee information while cutting down on identity theft. A part of this law involves properly destroying personal information when it is no longer needed. This means employers cannot throw employee information in the garbage and consider it properly discarded. This new law applies to all employees, even if you have just one. One of the best means of destroying personal information is by using a paper shredder.

Regardless of who you are or what you do, be sure to properly dispose of your personal and sensitive information. If you own or run a business, be sure to take the proper precautions to prevent issues with HIPAA or FACTA. You can learn more by reading our paper shredder guide found here.

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