The Small Office Shredder: Friend or Foe?

Junk mail, receipts, business paperwork, credit card statements, and healthcare information—the list goes on and on. But the bottom line is it’s all paperwork that needs to be shredded. You know better than to discard personal information that could be used to commit identity theft in the trash, but is tackling it with your small office shredder really any better? …

Famous Data Security Breaches (and how they could’ve been avoided)

Most of us put our trust in the companies, both online and in person, that hold on to our secure information. Unfortunately computer hackers outmaneuver the security processes required by state and national laws and end up costing companies millions of dollars, but most importantly, confidential consumer information. The following famous data security breaches show vulnerabilities companies possess that allow …

The 7 Top Data Security Mistakes Most Companies Make

With most of a company’s information stored and used through technology, overexposure of private documents is becoming more common. State laws require businesses to secure their disposal of paper documents, digital files, and inactive electronics. The following is a list of data security mistakes that can easily be avoided to better secure the confidentiality of a company. Data Security Mistakes …

EPA Releases Report on Electronic Recycling

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently released a report on electronic waste and electronic recycling in the United States. Figures show that the United States has generated more than 3.4 million tons of electronic waste in 2011, an increase from 3.3 million tons in 2010. Electronic Recycling Report Almost 25%, or about 850,000 tons, made its way to electronic recycling …

Metro Area Burglary Reminds Us To Keep Personal Information Protected to Avoid Identity Theft

A recent burglary in the Omaha Metro area proves the importance of protecting personal information to avoid identity theft. A Sarpy County family is still recovering from a recent burglary where thieves broke in through a back door and took social security numbers and other personal information. It is important to keep personal information locked up, even when it is …

Affinity to Pay $1.2 Million Dollars in Data Breach Case

A recent data breach of protected health information has resulted in a $1.2 million dollar fine. Health and Human Services, Office of Civil Rights (OCR) issued the fine to Affinity Health Plan, Inc in the wake of the breach. Affinity Health Plan is a not-for-profit managed care plan serving the New York metropolitan area. Affinity was notified of the breach …

The Most Overlooked Aspect of Data Security

It just might be one of the most exciting occurrences in the work place, the IT upgrade. Keeping up with technology is difficult, and the promise of enhanced productivity and ease of use is alluring. A rush to upgrade, however, could deliver a devastating blow to your company’s data security based on how you’re approaching data destruction and document disposal. …

What to Look for in an Electronic Recycler

Electronic waste poses a serious threat to both the environment and the population when disposed of incorrectly.  Electronic waste, or e-waste, represents the fastest growing segment of waste in the industrialized world, making electronic recycling services important to have on hand. Recycling your old electronics helps keep your home and organization free from the piles of old equipment, creating a …