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Five Ways You Can Better Manage Your Shredables and Prevent Identity Theft

Posted by Dustin Rushing on Aug 13, 2019 9:00:00 AM

Shredding all of your documents that are no longer a necessity may seem like a daunting and annoying task, but once it’s done you’re definitely going to feel much better. If not for the fact that you just got to shred a bunch of things, definitely for the fact that you just made it that much harder for someone to commit identity theft.

Identity Theft in the Age of Social Media: How to Protect Yourself On and Offline

Posted by Ryan Richard on Jun 11, 2019 9:00:00 AM

More than 75% of American adults actively participate in social media. While social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram are great for reconnecting with old friends and staying in touch with family, they also leave us more vulnerable to cyber fraud and identity theft than ever before.

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.

What is Identity Theft & How Does It Happen

Posted by Ray Barry on Nov 6, 2018 9:49:00 AM

Identity theft has made headlines all over the world as big-name companies and organizations are attacked by criminals of every variety. From hospital breaches to credit hacks, identity theft examples are everywhere. But not everyone realizes exactly what identity theft means in this day and age. The identity theft definition refers to any time someone uses your information to commit fraud. It can be as simple as someone listing your phone number under the wrong name or as complicated as someone receiving medical services with your insurance information.