Confidential Document Disposal Bin: Taking Security To The Next Level
Confidential Document Disposal Bin: we are getting used to reading about data leaks and breaches of confidentiality in both corporate and private individuals these days. In the early days of the internet – lots of people did not want to shop online or provide credit card details for fear of data theft.
Thankfully – this fear has greatly decreased – but data leaks continue to impact online and paper based security still.
Be aware of your business data security
Business people (and people in general) are becoming much more aware of their information security in all aspects – whether it is on paper (such as receipts, legal forms, applications etc), computer files or even items such as your credit card or debit card.
In the past – the major risk was that your confidential document disposal processes would be weak – and your private or confidential data would fall into the wrong hands. Issues such as these are generally easy enough to deal with – by implementing a sensible document disposal system – using confidential shredding bins – or a shredder for your office.
However – the world is changing – and there are new threats to your data security all the time.
A number of years ago – there were news reports that some Government agencies in Germany – were resorting to using old fashioned type writers – as anything connected to the internet was in theory not secure.
Of course – this will not apply (thankfully) to the vast majority of Australian businesses – or type writer sales may take a jump!
In this blog today 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.
A bit about Waster and how we can help your business
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.
We provide all standard and niche waste and recycling services in the Australian market – on flexible 30 day agreements – with no hidden fees!
You can book your services online through our waste shop today:
Confidential document disposal bin – can you protect yourself against skimming of credit and debit cards
When you have taken care of document shredding through a company like Waster (with perhaps confidential document disposal bins or similar) – you may want to take the next step and look at protection against electronic crime such as skimming.
If you are asking what skimming even is – you should probably read this – or speak to your business security specialist. There is a saying that the criminals get smarter just as quickly as the technology does!
US website thebalance.com 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.
Thankfully – you can prevent most issues by taking simple and cost effective steps – such as using confidential document disposal bins. Common sense goes a long way in most things – for example, most theft can be prevented by locking doors and leaving valuables out of site.
Most information security issues can be reduced significantly – with a shredding bin of course.
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Confidential document destruction: we all know the importance of making sure we do not let our personal information fall into the wrong hands. But often these thoughts can be quite theoretical.
In this blog post – we seek to mention a couple of celebrities – or people in the public eye who have had their identities stolen and have suffered financially as a result.
These cases are even more worth considering – as passing yourself off as a famous celebrity is obviously harder than as a member of the general public.
Waster provides low cost waste and recycling services (including niche office service such as confidential document destruction) to small and medium Aussie businesses.
Confidential document destruction – examples of famous stolen identities.
It seems hard for imposters to steal the identities of household famous names such as movie stars and sports stars. One of the most famous sports people in the world was victim of identity theft. We quote from cardrates.com
“In 2000, celebrity golfer Tiger Woods testified in the case against Anthony Lamar Taylor, a man who stole his identity. Taylor used Tiger Woods’ real name and Social Security number to apply for at least a dozen lines of credit in Woods’ name, which he used to charge thousands of dollars in fraudulent purchases.”
See our blog on recycling old photos – for extra security!
“He bought TVs, furniture, a car, electronics and more by using the unauthorized card. By the time he was caught, he had stolen more than $50,000 in goods and services in Woods’ name, according to ESPN.”
“Taylor, already a two-time convicted felon, was convicted on eight felony counts and sentenced to 200 years to life for his crimes against Woods.”
Other famous celebrities who have befallen identity fraudsters include Kim Kardashian and Will Smith.
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As you will see from the cases above – identity theft can affect anybody.
When you think about the amount of private information that web services such as Facebook and Google have access to – even when you do not use their services – the risk of identity theft becomes apparent.
Of course – we all need to take precautions like changing our passwords. Destroying confidential paper information is another vital and easy step.
It should also be remembered – that social media is another area where caution should be exercised in 2019 and 2020.
Check out the video below on 10 amazing cases of identity theft that will shock you:
Confidential document shredding: when you are producing lots of paper work in an office – the question will sooner or later be raised as to what is the best way to dispose of this documentation, without risking the info falling into the wrong hands.
We have covered in previous blogs the risks associated with disposing of customer information and some of the more high profile data scares (such as the 2016 Australian census) – see document disposal. When you have lots of confidential documentation, your options are basically
A. Buy a confidential document shredding machine for your office
B. Arrange a confidential document shredding or destruction service with a trusted supplier such as Waster.
Confidential document shredding machines can cost much more in the long term
When you are starting a new business, or running an established business with correct cost controls, minimising expenditure over the long term is vital for profitability. Key things to remember include:
– Good quality machines are expensive: The Officeworks website lists machines suitable for bust offices. The prices range from $470 to $40,000. This is a very high capital investment for any business. Officeworks shredder selections cover all from cheap to expensive.
– Machines can and do breakdown: If you have ever bought a printer, you will be aware how often the break down, stop working properly or require new parts or maintenance.
This can be a real issue if your shredder breaks down – i.e. what do you do with your documents in the interlude?
– Where do you dispose of the shredded paper: Even when it has been shredded, the question is where do you put the paper? In your general garbage or paper and cardboard service (see recycling Sydney). At the end of the day you still need to pay to dispose of it – and this can be a double cost. See blog on document destruction service.
– You will need to buy a bin: If you are shredding in your office, you will need a bin to dispose of the paper – this will cost a couple of hundred dollars.
– You need good processes to ensure the paper is actually shredded: Many staff do the thing that is easiest, not always what is correct procedure. You need to make the shredding as easy as possible for staff – i.e. access the machine, where is it positioned in the office (think how far staff have to walk to the machine) and also train them on usage. The percentage of paper disposed of correctly will inevitable drop.
When you look at the costs above – a document destruction service from a supplier like Waster makes a lot of practical and financial sense. A collection in a metro region is $29.50+GST as at Dec 2019 (with no bin rental).
We provide the bin, padlock, collect and dispose of bin.
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Sydney waste management centre and secure document destruction.
If you decide to completely go against the shredding approach – there are other methods to destroy documents that can be effective and better economy sense.
See the video below that shows how to destroy documents effectively at home.