What you should consider when hiring an information destruction firm

Destroying information that is no longer needed is nothing to take lightly. Your business, customers, and employees depend on security measures like document and data destruction to keep them safe and compliant. There is no question that using a professional shredding service is the most efficient and secure way to go about this, but what should you look for when …

Dos and Don’ts of Secure Hard Drive Disposal

Destruction seems like a pretty simple process—render something unusable by breaking it. When it comes to hard drive destruction and data disposal, however, there can be a surprising amount of room for error. Just because you destroy old hard drives doesn’t mean their data can’t be retrieved and used against you. Data disposal goes beyond wiping files, smashing a hard …

Windows 7 is defunct. Now what?

How to stay secure while transitioning away from old software. Earlier this year Microsoft stopped supporting Windows 7 for good. But what exactly does that mean? In a nutshell, Microsoft isn’t making any more updates or security patches for the operating system. This likely doesn’t mean your computer will stop working if you are running Windows 7, but it does …

How to safely dispose of old computers

Technology changes quickly—and becomes obsolete even more quickly. To keep up with this tech-driven era, it only makes sense to upgrade your organization’s computers, phones and hardware every few years as newer technology becomes available. But what should you do with unwanted electronics? While it may seem like useless metal and plastic, outdated technology holds a lot of sensitive information.  …

Maintaining data security with your work from home employees in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic

The unprecedented, unique circumstances presented by the COVID-19 pandemic are forcing thousands of organizations to send their employees home. Luckily, technology allows us to work from anywhere and maintain a relatively normal level of productivity. Still, this new, large-scale work-from-home migration creates several security challenges for individuals and businesses. Many of us are already making concessions and compromises to our …

Improper Handling of Hard Drives Puts You At Real Risk

Many companies have abandoned paper records for the speed and organization that the digital world offers. Technology has vastly improved efficiency and workflow but has also created new security vulnerabilities for organizations to defend against. When companies upgrade their technology, they inevitably end up with old hard drives containing years’ worth of sensitive data. What happens next is critical in …

To shred or not to shred? A guide to secure document destruction

Despite the wealth of data our computers store, businesses still produce an enormous volume of paper. This paper ends up in desk drawers, filing cabinets, and storage boxes, eventually cluttering the office and creating a disorganized workspace. We often want to get rid of excess paper documents but feel compelled to ask the question “What if I need this paper …

Debunking 4 Myths About Document Shredding

The complex world of data security and secure document destruction is certainly not as cut and dry as a shredded piece of paper, but one point should be clear—secure document shredding is a crucial step in your data security program If you’re on the fence about hiring a professional document shredding service or wondering how to make your company more …

Why office shredders aren’t as safe as you think

We hate to break it to you, but your office shredder isn’t cutting it—as far as data security goes. What was once a time-tested and go-to option for effective document destruction may not be as compliant as you think. While an in-office shredder has always been regarded as messy and time-consuming it was largely considered good enough.  But times have …

On-site or plant-based? How to Choose Which One is Right for You.

Document destruction is absolutely essential to your organization’s data security. It keeps your proprietary and sensitive data away from those who could use it against you and it also keeps you compliant.  Selecting the right professional document shredding partner greatly reduces the chance of your important data falling into the wrong hands. This is the first and most critical step.  …