Know What To Shred: It’s More Than Just Paper

The security of customer information is not something any business can afford to take lightly. It is not just a good idea: with a network of strict federal and state regulations in place, it is the law. That is why secure document shredding should be an essential part of regular business operations. Secure does not mean taking confidential client or employee documents and putting them in a dumpster. Unsecure data can be used by criminals and expose businesses to civil prosecution as well as the wrath of angry clients and customers.

A Comprehensive Paper Shredding Solution

To protect your customers’ data and your organization’s reputation, you need to have a foolproof system in place for document destruction. Any papers and documents that contain sensitive information should be destroyed as soon as they are no longer needed for business reasons. You should have a regular schedule for document shredding to ensure that the things you need to destroy do not simply pile up in a corner somewhere.

Below are lists of the kinds of documents and other items that a business should plan to destroy. You will see that there is more potentially sensitive information in an office than you may think at first.

Examples of Secure Documents to Shred:

Personal Information

  • Addresses
  • ATM Receipts
  • Bank Account Information
  • Bank Statements
  • Brokerage Account Information
  • Cancelled and Voided Checks
  • Credit and Debit Card Numbers
  • Credit Reports and Histories
  • Drivers’ License Numbers
  • Employee Pay Stubs
  • Employment Records
  • Insurance Policy Data
  • Investment Documents
  • Medical and Dental Records
  • Passport Numbers
  • Resumes
  • Social Security Numbers
  • Telephone Numbers
  • Tax Forms
  • Travel Itineraries
  • Used Airline Tickets

Files and Records

  • Account Records
  • Audits
  • Bank Statements
  • Competitive Information
  • Computer Records
  • Contracts
  • Correspondences
  • Diligence Files
  • Fax Machine Ribbons
  • Financial Records
  • Insurance Records
  • Property Records
  • Internal Memos
  • Invoices
  • Legal Documents
  • Market Research
  • Marketing Materials
  • Obsolete Contracts
  • Official Notices
  • Payroll Records
  • Personnel Files
  • Phone Records
  • Planning Documents
  • Price Lists
  • Purchase Receipts
  • Sales Forecasts
  • Tax Records
  • Training Information
  • X-Rays

Client Data Addresses

  • Business Plans
  • Cancelled Checks
  • Credit Card Numbers
  • Executive Correspondences
  • New Product Information
  • Obsolete Collateral
  • Photographs
  • Presentations
  • Pricing and Inventory Lists
  • Proposals and Quotes
  • Proprietary Documents
  • Receipts and Invoices
  • R&D Files and Data

Do not worry: you do not have to go through this alone. A Shred Ahead can help you plan, implement, and manage a complete business document shredding solution.

Request a quote or additional information. Call us toll-free at 866-957-2390, or start an online chat right now. Contact your local A Shred Ahead office to talk about your specific shredding needs.

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