Technological innovations have made it easier for us to stay connected with each other. However, it also makes it easier for someone to commit identity fraud. By stealing your mail, going through your trash, or even by searching for you on social media, someone can compile a ‘profile’ on you.
Identity crime can be used to perpetrate other more serious crimes such as money laundering, tax evasion and dealing in stolen motor vehicles. Someone could use your credit card number to make purchases, or even your Medicare card to claim your benefits.
It is important to dispose of all your personal documents securely. Buying a paper shredder for the house may seem like a good idea. However, the shredded paper may not be disposed of in a secure fashion. A professional document destruction company such as iShred can help to safeguard your valuable personal information.
We will shred your documents efficiently unlike a home office shredder that simply cuts paper into long strips which can be easily reassembled. iShred uses a professional paper shredder that uses cross-shredding technology to ensure that your documents are irretrievably destroyed. We can also help to destroy hard drives and other digital media storage. For your peace of mind, you may even ask for a certification of destruction. You can sleep easy knowing that your personal documents will not fall into the wrong hands.
We ensure all shredded documents are properly recycled. Not only are you keeping yourself safe, we are also being environmentally friendly.
What should you shred?
In an increasingly paperless world, you may be able to scan some of your important documents. This can help maximize the space in your home office.
There are some documents that you must hold onto for a certain period of time. For example:
- Tax records
- Pay stubs and bank statements
- Home purchase, sale or improvement documents
- Medical records and bills
- Bank statements
- Superannuation statements
If you need to find out more about document destruction for home and personal use, or anything else in the above article, please don’t hesitate to get in touch today.