The recent online publication of the personal details of a number of A-list celebrities has highlighted the need for stronger online security and the effective shredding of documents. On top of this, there are other websites that have been selling American social security numbers and birthdays for next to nothing online, giving rise to a huge number of cases of fraud. The problem is being compounded by the fact that such cases are extremely difficult to prove and even harder to prosecute.
With so much money to be made in trading and using another person’s personal details, every single one of us will need to be far more aware about how we dispose of any article containing personal information and sensitive data. However, businesses will have an even larger problem on their hands as they will not only have information about their company to dispose of, but also a huge range of information about their employees and even those they do business with that will also need to be disposed of in the safest possible way. In turn, companies of all sizes will have a vast range of information that will need to be securely shredded, and in many cases doing so could end up being a full time job in itself unless companies have the right tools.
The alternative is for businesses to use a company that offers on site shredding services to dispose of such information for them. By doing so, not only will they be less likely to later find themselves accountable for information getting into the wrong hands, but they will also find that their business is simply far safer (and at a far lower cost than a business choosing to shred vast reams of documentation themselves).
The ways in which hackers and fraudsters are using personal data are becoming more ingenious than ever and therefore individuals need to take notice and businesses will have even more need to look at on site shredding to ensure they are not the next targets.