Confidential Document Disposal: we are getting used to reading about data leaks and breaches of confidentiality in both corporate and private individuals these days. People are becoming more aware of their information security in all aspects – whether it is on paper, computer files or even items such as your credit card or debit card. In this blog we will look at potential methods to protect you against skimming – i.e. when criminals seek to copy data from the magnetic strip on an ATM card.


Waster offers low cost, reliable and of course secure confidential document disposal bins – so you can ensure your business is taking all reasonable and sensible precautions against information theft and identity crime. You can book your services online through our waste shop today:


You can also see our related blogs on topics such as secure document destruction and confidential document shredding.


Confidential document disposal – can you protect yourself against skimming of credit and debit cards

When you have taken care of document shredding through a company like Waster – you may want to take the next step and look at protection against electronic crime such as skimming. US website defines skimming as below:


“Credit card skimming is a type of credit card theft where crooks use a small device to steal credit card information in an otherwise legitimate credit or debit card transaction.”


“When a credit or debit card is swiped through a skimmer, the device captures and stores all the details stored in the card’s magnetic strip. Thieves use the stolen data to make fraudulent charges either online or with a counterfeit credit card.”

To help prevent this risk – there are a number of advertised products that promise to stop the skimming process. For example – the CardGuard promises to:

“The CARDGUARD intervenes during the entry and exit of the magnetic card to and from the card reader and this prevents the card data from being copied (skimmed).”


“A false front is stuck over the entry of the card reader on an ATM/SST for fraudulent attempts to copy the information from the magnetic stripe of the bank customer’s card.”


“The CARDGUARD detects the entry and eject of the card by using various references and ensures the security of the card data at these times. It is almost impossible to copy a card that is used in an ATM/SST that has an CARDGUARD installed.”


Whilst we do not vouch for this product – it is certainly an interesting approach to data security.


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