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HIPAA and Small Businesses

Posted by Ray Barry on Oct 29, 2019 9:00:00 AM

Want to know a quick way to receive a $50,000 fine (or more) for your business? It’s easy; don’t take the necessary steps to eliminate confidential client information, and wait to see what happens. This is not a step-by-step guide for how to close up shop, mind you, but rather a warning as to what could happen if your firm is not doing everything in its power to handle records. Passed into law in 1996, the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) set forth new standards companies are required to meet concerning transactions which pertain to patient medical records.

What Documents to Keep, Store, or Shred: A Quick and Easy List

Posted by Ray Barry on Oct 1, 2019 9:00:00 AM

With all the different technology available to hackers, identity theft is not a simple threat to protect yourself from. It is incredibly easy for someone to gain important and “secure” information, whether it be via online accounts or simply scanning through your garbage.

What to Shred: An Insiders Guide to Shredding Documents

Posted by Ray Barry on Sep 17, 2019 9:00:00 AM

As a company that provides professional document shredding services, we often come across people expressing that they’re not sure what to shred. Most individuals and company leaders know they need to be mindful of safety when it comes to disposing of documents containing confidential, sensitive information, and other paper materials containing information identity thieves love to her their hands on, but they’re not sure how far to go.

Shred America Opens Florida Location

Posted by Ray Barry on Jul 24, 2019 2:22:27 PM

Shred America Opens Florida operation!

6 Ways You Can Reduce Your e-Waste

Posted by Ray Barry on Jul 16, 2019 9:00:00 AM

There are many types of materials that go into the making of modern computers that can be recycled. Silicon chips, hard disks, resistors, and capacitors can all be found inside any electronic device. Many of these contain materials that are scarce, with no known substitute, and doing your part in the recycling process is important. Decreasing e-waste aims to preserve resources and the amount of energy we use to make those devices.

Iron City Document Management is Now Shred America Iron City!

Posted by Ray Barry on Jul 1, 2019 10:53:53 AM

Iron City Document Management, a Pittsburgh based NAID AAA Certified destruction company, is now “Shred America Iron City”. The family owned company currently has a fleet of mobile shredding units that service the greater Pittsburgh area and also provides document scanning and secure document storage.

The Rise in The Need For Secure Shredding

Posted by Ray Barry on May 14, 2019 9:00:00 AM

Anybody remember Newton’s third law? Probably not. It states For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction. It’s certainly true when it comes to the availability of information today. We live in an age of immediate communication despite distance, knowledge just a click away, and access to information most people would have never gotten their hands on twenty, even ten, years ago.  Hence the rise in the need for secure shredding.

Popular Questions About The Shred America Network Answered

Posted by Ray Barry on Apr 17, 2019 3:04:57 PM

1) What is the Shred America Corporate model?

The Shred America mission is be able to provide its clients with the quickest and most secure method for destroying sensitive information locally, regionally, and nationally. Our goal is to expand into new markets if it makes sense  for our organization and our geographical footprint.

FAQ’s About Hard Drive Destruction

Posted by Ray Barry on Mar 26, 2019 9:00:00 AM

With the availability of shredding services like Shred America these days, many people have realized the need for enlisting professionals when it comes to secure paper shredding. However, the need for safe hard drive destruction still hasn’t seemed to catch on as it should.

How at Risk Is Your Personal Information?

Posted by Ray Barry on Mar 12, 2019 9:00:00 AM

At Shred America, we’re in the business of more than just shredding documents, hard drives, and more. We’re in the business of keeping you and your personal information or the personal information you’re responsible for safe. It’s a job we take seriously, and so does the National Association for Information Destruction (NAID). NAID is an international association that regulates the information destruction industry and upholds its standards and ethics. The well-respected group recently released a study in which devices were collected and tested to see just how easy it would be to extract sensitive data from their hard drives. The results showed that it’s a lot easier than you may think, with highly confidential information being easily accessed by measures that weren’t that extreme. The vast majority of people today use at least one device, like a cellphone, tablet, laptop, smart TV, etc., every day. While these devices provide convenience and capability, they also make data stored on them vulnerable, and more data is stored than you may realize. If found in the wrong hands, these devices can be hacked before you ever notice a thing, and your confidential information can be stolen and used against your will.

Best Location to Place Security Containers

Posted by Ray Barry on Feb 27, 2019 10:35:19 AM

Congratulations !

You have made a decision to keep your business as secure and compliant as possible by partnering with a NAID Certified Shredding company, hopefully that company is Shred America

That’s the first step...

The next step is figuring out where to place your security containers so you are able to effectively capture every document in your office so it is properly disposed of.  Where to place your container can be the key decision on reducing the chances of a security breach and having piece of mind that you have all the processes in place to stay compliant with regulatory requirements.   

Key Items to Consider When Selecting an Information Destruction Provider

Posted by Ray Barry on Feb 21, 2019 12:58:20 PM

Is the company NAID Certified?

The NAID Certification program is THE Certification for the destruction industry that only the most secure companies can achieve. It requires national criminal background checks on all employees, mandatory drug testing, employee security training, unannounced audits, and much more. If the company does not have this Certification, they may be taking some shortcuts that involve security.  

Customized Shredding Services for Any Business Need

Posted by Ray Barry on Feb 13, 2019 11:28:10 AM

Running a business is never easy. There are many different responsibilities involved that you never think about, many of which don’t actually have much to do with your actual business mission. Nevertheless, they’re part of keeping the doors open and running your operation the right way.

How to Create a Secure Culture at Your Business

Posted by Ray Barry on Jan 30, 2019 9:46:00 AM

We at Shred America are in the business of improving security for individuals and businesses, and we’ve had many companies enlist in scheduled shredding services with us after an unfortunate company breach occurred. We hear a lot about “could haves” and “should haves” in the aftermath of these problematic incidents occurring.

Why Using an Office Shredder Isn’t Enough

Posted by Ray Barry on Jan 16, 2019 9:46:00 AM

 Many companies face a danger they don’t know about. We at Shred America frequently come across business owners to do so much to maintain the success of their companies, but there’s one area that’s often overlooked or not taken seriously: security, particularly the security of information.

Here’s How to Declutter Your Home or Office

Posted by Ray Barry on Dec 18, 2018 9:47:00 AM

Clutter can often feel like an inevitable part of life. It creeps up seemingly overnight leaving you wondering how it all got there. It’s something we tend not to notice until it creates a problem. While clutter is mildly annoying, it seems pretty innocent, until you realize it can come with a variety of consequences. A cluttered space, whether it’s your personal living space or your business location, has been proven to lower morale, attention span, and judgement while increasing stress and the chance of getting sick or burnt out. Whether you realize it or not, the most dangerous thing about allowing a space to become cluttered is that it can become a garden for identity thieves depending on the kind of clutter you’re storing.