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Three Benefits of Cloud Storage for Small Businesses

If you have a small business, or you're thinking about starting one, there are all kinds of decisions to make. One of those may be where and how you want to store important records and documents. If you choose cloud storage options, you can protect all your valuable information, and keep it in a digital space that's secure and protected. Unless you specifically need a paper copy of a document for legal purposes, keeping everything in the cloud can give you big benefits. Here are three of them.

Data Encryption Helps Protect Your Data

Businesses can use data encryption to protect their information. The tech is available in a few types of methods of data encryption to combat cybercrime. Certain data encryption that works for another type of business might not be the right type for your business. Internet security experts like those at Carolina Shred can help you choose the best method of data encryption for your situation.

3 Tips To Keep Your Law Firm's Document Disposal Safe

Keeping legal files often fills up your file room and at least one off-site storage room. Often, the storage room is so full that it's a huge chore to locate old files to discard. However, it is not safe to keep files longer than you need to. If someone should break into the file room, they have a goldmine of identity theft.

It’s Time To Prepare Your Documents for Disaster

Whether you have a business, or you're just trying to keep personal information safe, not protecting your paperwork could be setting yourself up for a document disaster. One of the best ways to increase protection is with a document disaster recovery plan. That helps reduce paperwork and clutter, all while making sure you can still get electronic access to everything that's important.

Has HIPAA Kept You In Line?

Congress passed the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) in 1996 to help protect the health information of individuals. The law requires health care organizations, professionals, and covered entities to ensure that the confidentiality of protected health information is confidential and secure. The law applies to health information that is oral, electronic, and on paper. After health records reach their retention date, health organizations should retain a company that offers a HIPAA compliant shredding service to dispose of the records that patients do not want.

Onsite vs Offsite Shredding: What Does My Business Need?

It can be difficult trying to figure out what type of secure document destruction your business needs. There are many different solutions available, but while you may think you need one, you may need something else or a combination of services. Knowing the difference between onsite and offsite shredding can give you a deeper understanding of how they work and your individual needs.

Tax Season is Upon Us: What Should I Do with My Old Tax Returns?

As tax season approaches, now is a great time to think about the old returns you have stored at home or at the office. When is the right time to destroy old tax returns? How can you safely and securely get rid of them without risk to your personal or business information? In this blog post, we'll walk you through records retention laws for tax returns and best practices for getting rid of those old returns safely and securely - whether you're at home or at work.

Is Your Small Business Prepared For a Data Breach?

Data breach prevention should be a high priority for small business owners. Many large businesses with top-notch protocols in place suffer, so the cost for small businesses who experience infiltration of this sort is hit a lot harder. Cyber thieves usually target businesses that don’t take data protection that seriously. The resulting damage that could occur could be devastating. No matter how small your business is, it’s important to be prepared for a data breach.

3 Shredding Essentials for Accounting Firms

It’s tax time and accounting firms are going to be super busy. Paper shredding protocols should be at the top of the list for securing client information and keeping things in order. To make sure document destruction guidelines are followed and help accounting firms remain in compliance, there are three shredding essentials accounting firms should employ:

Save Time and Money With Shred Americas Mobile Shredding

Whether you’re running a business or have a lot of paper that needs professional paper destruction, the best choice you can make is to work with a professional team that understands the importance of properly disposing of important documents. By using a document shredding solution, you’ll be able to save time and money by alleviating the need for extra storage, excessive costs for retail-based shredders, and more.

Shredding Solutions for All Business Sizes

Small business owners are our heroes. You've seen it all. Done it all. With fewer resources than the competition. And that requires you and your team members to become experts in a multitude of disciplines outside of your primary expertise - human resources, finance, marketing, security, IT, tax strategy, document management, and more. At Shred America, we believe in taking one of those things off of your plate by making records retention and destruction affordable and accessible for small business owners. Some of the ways we do that is by providing step-by-step guidance at no cost through our blog, by coming directly to you and shredding on-site for convenience, and by sharing our expertise along with our services, so you don't have to learn the ropes in order to choose a provider or the right service to meet your needs.

New Year, New Computer? How To Dispose of Old Technology

Are new desktop or laptop computers part of your strategic plan for 2022? Many individuals and organizations share feelings of uncertainty or ambiguity around the correct way to dispose of their old technology when they replace cell phones, laptops, and desktop computers, but Shred America is here to bring light to the subject. In this brief blog post, we'll discuss when technology becomes outdated, how to dispose of old technology safely and without risk to your personal information, business, or stakeholders, and how Shred America serves as an extension of your security team when it comes to technology destruction processes.

How to Prepare Your Office for End of Year Purge Shredding

It’s the end of the year! That means there’s a lot of purging and document destruction to do. One of the best things to do when getting ready to prepare is to have a shredding schedule available. This ensures you and your staff will know the basics of how data should be handled, what should be shredded for year-end, when the shredding will take place, why you should be shredding certain items, and what can happen if you don’t properly shred documents.

Pick Up Versus Drop off Shredding: What Do I Need

Have you ever thought about the differences in pick up shredding and drop off shredding? How can they be beneficial to your business? It’s important to know the differences to help determine a viable schedule and figure out your needs. If you have individuals working from home and in the office, you may need a combination of both to make your compliance with keeping sensitive data safe..