You have a lot of personal and sensitive information to protect, and the way you treat that data can mean the difference between spending months recovering from identity theft and enjoying a stress-free life. Therefore, it’s important to understand the difference between deleting, shredding and wiping.
The one thing that confidential work files, Social Security statements and bank and brokerage records all have in common is that they are valuable to the bad guys. Whether they are hackers working on behalf of a foreign government, corporate spies keeping an eye on your employer or freelance rogues in search of a quick buck, those criminals can wreak havoc with your personal and financial life. Here is what you need to know about keeping them at bay.
Deleting is Not Erasing
You may think that deleting a sensitive file off your hard drive means it is gone forever, but you would be surprised at just how recoverable that information is. Deleting a file from your hard drive simply moves it to the recycle bin or a temporary storage location, and getting it back is merely a mouse click away.
Erasing a file takes the deletion a step further by removing the data from your hard drive. When you empty your recycle bin or dump your temporary storage, you are erasing the information that was held there. Even so, a skilled computer expert (or hacker) may still be able to recover the files you erased. If you are selling, donating or otherwise getting rid of a laptop, smartphone or other electronic device, you need to go a step further and wipe the hard drive.
Wiping the hard drive is the best way to permanently eliminate any confidential data it may have contained, and there are many programs on the market that can do just that. Be sure to read the reviews of any product you are considering, and review the instructions before starting the process. Also keep in mind that the data will be gone forever once the wipe is complete, so make a backup of any important files before proceeding.
Hard drive destruction is the only to ensure full destruction of sensitive data won’t get into the hands of unscrupulous individuals. Our state-of-the-art shredders can reduce your drives to shredded scrap metal in a matter of seconds, making information retrieval from them absolutely impossible. If you like, you can watch the destruction as well via closed circuit television.
Don’t Forget About Offline Threats
Having the data on your hard drive, tablet or smartphone fall into the wrong hands can be devastating, but losing control of your offline information can be just as damaging. It is easy to get so caught up in online security that you lose sight of simpler security risks.
The paperwork you discard on a daily basis could be quite valuable to an identity thief, so always shred any documents that contain personally identifiable information. That includes information like your name and address, Social Security number, bank account numbers, credit card numbers and the like.
At a minimum, you should be shredding all bank and brokerage records, statements from pensions and Social Security and utility bills that contain account numbers. You may want to play it safe and just shred everything you throw away.
Shred Alaska offers a number of services for paper document shredding based on your individual needs:
- Walk in Retail Document Shredding Services – If you have under 500lbs of documents to shred our (walk-in) retail shredding services are ideal. We weigh your documents on a state-certified scale and charge accordingly. For our smaller commercial and residential clients, we even offer nylon shredding bags free that you can take home and fill with your documents. Then bring it back and let us shred the contents. learn more
- One-Time Paper Purge Shred Services – Our one time purge service is for businesses and individuals that may not need regular shredding services. This convenient one time paper shredding service provides an option for destruction of their unwanted, sensitive documents and papers. Regardless of the amount, Shred Alaska can provide a seamless destruction process. We will utilize our Shred Alaska on-site trucks to come to your location and destroy all unwanted documents, securely and efficiently. learn more
- Commercial On-Site Paper Shredding Services – If you would like to schedule a recurring Alaska Commercial Shredding Service with use of a locking container, rather than a one-time gig we would love to help. We offer locking console containers (100 lb capacity), as well as 32 gallon (100 lb), 64 gallon (200 lb), and 96 gallon (300 lb) secure, locking totes at no charge, to customers that participate in our secure, scheduled document shredding program. learn more
Protecting Your Data and your personal information is your responsibility, and it is something you cannot afford to take for granted. From online threats to risks from the real world, it is important to think carefully and protect yourself from those who would like to profit from your hard work.
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