It’s the worst feeling in the world. Everything has been going great at work, and you’re just wrapping up for the day when the call or email comes in. A copy of a secure document has shown up in the hands of a competitor or been used by a hacker to demand payment.
It’s a massive headache, and it only gets worse as you realize the amount of time and money it’ll take to make things right again. If the document in question contains the personal information of a client, like their medical or financial history, the consequences could be even more dire.
How could things have gone so wrong so quickly?
We use hundreds of sheets of paper every week in our professional and personal lives, and when any one of those pages could be used to threaten the security of accounts, it becomes vitally important to destroy them properly. Plenty of businesses have an in-house shredder or are confident that no one would bother to steal their documents in the first place, which is why they’re caught off-guard when a data breach occurs.
Today, we’re going to show you how the document disposal process can go wrong without you even realizing it, and why a professional purge shredding service provides the protection you’re actually looking for.
Where Do Things Go Wrong?
The shredding gauge is too large.
The cheap, easy-to-find shredders are the ones that usually get picked up for most offices, and unfortunately, they’re just not made to shred to the specifications you really need. Instead of tiny confetti-like pieces, you’re left with thick strands of paper spaghetti. These barely present a challenge for thieves who know they can expect a payout of several thousand dollars for every page they reassemble, which means you may as well be throwing out confidential papers in full sheets.
Papers get lost in transit.
You’ve tasked an employee with getting the confidential papers to their final destination (whether that’s at the local dump or a nearby recycling facility), but no matter how careful and attentive they are, there’s always a risk. Maybe a paper gets whisked out an open window, or they accidentally mistake a bag of regular trash for confidential materials, which means that a big collection of some of the most important information your company will process ends up unprotected in the dump. What happens to them after they’re dropped off is anyone’s guess.
Your disposal system isn’t secured.
Let’s assume your papers are decently destroyed, and none of them get lost on the way to their final destination. If that final destination is nothing more than the city dump or the trash bin behind your office, you may as well have gift-wrapped them for any potential passers-by. When those papers leave your possession, you lose the ability to control who has access to them – which means you’ll never be completely sure that they weren’t picked up and retrieved, and that can lead to plenty of sleepless nights.
How Purge Shredding Protects You
Unlike in-office shredding, the process of a professional one-time purge shredding has been designed – start to finish – with the goal of protecting your confidential information firmly in mind. Instead of asking employees to handle the preparation and transport of documents, a uniformed shredding technician will instead retrieve them. They’ll use techniques learned from security training to ensure that the documents remain safe and secure, all the way into the internal shredding mechanism of a state-of-the-art shredding truck.
When the documents are deposited into the shredding truck, there is no physical way for a single page to fall through the cracks or get swept away in the wind. Instead, they’ll be cross-cut according to the parameters established by the latest state and federal privacy protection legislation. Because the particles will be recycled rather than dumped in the public trash,
Where to Find One-Time Purge Shredding Services
Locally owned and operated out of St. Louis, The Shred Truck provides fast & convenient one-time purge shredding to clients throughout Missouri and Illinois. We’ll shred whatever papers you have to destroy, and once all your documents have been cross-cut, we’ll provide you with a Certificate of Destruction to prove that you trusted your items to a professional, certified, and insured shredding company.
We’ll also take the paper fragments directly for recycling after your purge shredding appointment. Not only does this make us an eco-friendly solution for your private documents, but it adds an extra layer of security for the information the papers once contained.
If you’d like to learn more about our purge shredding services, or if you want to make an appointment for a one-time purge, give us a call at (341) 729-9200 or contact us online.