Identity theft – stats, tips and how to protect your information

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Paper shredding in Ireland is a growing industry sector and for good reason. Approximately 7% of all adults within the US have their identities misused with substantial financial losses equating to approximately €3,000.

Close to 100 million additional people have their personal identifying information put at risk of identity theft each year when records from Government & Corporate databases are misplaced or stolen. It makes total sense to see secure, professional, and regulated destruction services being introduced and increased in Ireland. Services such as on site document shredding, clear out shredding, purge clear out services and off-site document shredding services are there for all Corporates and Governments to implement to protect your and my identity.

The level of sophistication used by organised crime to facilitate identity theft is ever increasing. Examples of such sophistication to name but a few are; tailored vishing scams, hacks of corporate and government databases to elaborate bots designed to hack your computer without leaving a trace.

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The more historic/basic methods of identity theft are still out there with high numbers of people being a victim of. Simply pick pocketing wallets, going through your waste bins for sensitive paper, following waste trucks to sift through the waste material for paper and social engineering to trick innocent people into releasing personal information still work and work well.

Within this article, I will highlight some of the straightforward ways you can have your identity stolen with the hope that I can help some potentially targeted people in protecting their identity. There are also some tips to protect yourself when possible.

How you can be a victim

  1. People going through a pharmacy waste bin, unfortunately not all pharmacies avail of offsite document shredding services and their bins can contain significant amounts of personal information.
  2. People hacking into GP records, health records from a doctor’s office contain vital personal information. Many identity thieves will try to hack medical facilities electronic health records.
  3. Never use your place of birth as your security question, it is easy to find out this information.
  4. RFID scanner, many credit and debit cards are enabled for contactless payments. Yes, this is convenient but if a thief can get close enough to you he/she can make a convenient withdrawal at your expense.
  5. Using camera phones, always be careful when you are in a situation where you need to show personal details and information, a camera phone could be watching you.
  6. Accepting strange friend request on social media, if you do not know who they are, our advice does not accept.
  7. Leaving bills in your mailbox for pickup, always deliver your bill personally
  8. Putting cheques in the mail, if required always place additional paper within the envelope so the data cannot be seen under lights.
  9. Never changing your passwords, you should always change your password at least once a year.
  10. Failing to consider once off credit cards, it is a good idea if you are not a regular online shopper.
  11. Leaving receipts behind, you should always take your receipts with you even if it only shows the last four digits of your account number.

For more tips to stay safe please contact one of our team at info@securityinshredding.com

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Ireland Businesses – Top Six threats to Data Privacy

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All Businesses in operation in Limerick, Cork, Dublin, Galway and across Ireland will be aware of Data Breaches and the risks associated with them. A data breach can come in the form of a paper breach when failing to implement confidential document destruction and a digital breach when failing to have appropriate security procedures in place. The knock on negativity that an Organisation faces affects client relationships in addition to damaging your Company image.

In many cases due to DATA PROTECTION LAW your Organisation may be legally responsible to your customers. In this article I will go through my top six threats to Data Privacy for Organisations.

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Top SixThreats;

  1. Lack of Data Protocols

In many data breach cases it is found that there was a failure of the Organisation to have even the most basic protocols in place to minimise the loss of customer and employee data. Examples have been; a failure to have confidential paper stored in a secure location when not in use and waste paper material being destroyed through an onsite document shredding facility.

  1. Restricted access to information

A regular mistake by Organisations today both Public and Private is to restrict access to confidential information for employees. A simple “need to know” procedure is a great step in achieving data security.

  1. Failing client expectations

Within many Organisations there seems to be a free for all information sharing tendency. However, in today’s competitive environment business clients and public clients to given Organisations expect to have their information maintained securely. Various staff members with varying staff functions are not required to know one another data details. A simple contract inclusion at employment stage would reduce and minimise this non-required cross function data sharing tendency.

  1. Extended information gathering & sharing

There is an increasing trend in information gathering through online forms and “opt out” functions. This information may be shared among Organisations with no accurate business case to justify such sharing.

  1. Increases in technology

This point covers a multitude of technologies but I will mention two different kinds;

  1. Confidential document shredding – reconstruction technologies
  2. Online digital data technologies that part individuals from their personal information for fraudulent use.
  1. Lack of awareness

There is a concerning level ignorance or lack of knowledge from a Data Controller perspective and general public perspective when dealing with sensitive data.

Data Controllers may lack a degree of awareness of their data protection obligations, such examples can be failing to complete a clear out shredding process at the end of each calendar year or failing to have a confidential document destruction process in place for daily generated materials.

For more information on data privacy Email us at info@securityinshredding.com 

The Data Protection Commissioner phone no: +353 57 868 4800

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Clear-out (Purge) Shredding Service Limerick & Galway

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A confidential shredding service when doing an on site shredding, are also available for purge clear out shredding if needed. Our specialists are available for On Call service or scheduled service. For any large quantity shredding done in the least amount of time.

Why Purge Your Documents?

Clear out shredding is usually a once off service, if you have accumulated a lot of paper over time and or archived paper documents. This creates a lot of clutter for the office which in turn can lead to increased stress levels.

The more paper clutter that builds up the greater the risk of sensitive data being mixed in with non essential data. It creates an unnecessary data breach risk. With current data protection laws, it is essential that you protect your data at all times.

Failure to properly destroy your data correctly and if data breach occurs and you will be liable for the data breach. Often resulting in a heavy fine against your business.

When you implement a clear out service, you are ensuring that all your data (sensitive or not) is being handled and destroyed correctly.

On Site Shredding Benefits

Onsite document destruction & Purge Clear out Service

With our industrial paper shredding trucks, we can perform the purge shredding securely and confidentially on site where ever your location. Our trucks can handle a large amount of paper in one call out. Destroy the documents by using one of our lockable container when being transported to the truck.

For added protection the shredding on site can be monitored by you our a trusted staff member. Weather it is done through CCTV and or physically view the shredding process yourself.

Our Added Value

At Security in shredding, our shredding standard is done to a high security standard (Din 66399 or level 6.) This level of shredding ensures that your document confidentiality is maintained throughout the destruction process.

One of the most important factors in any service in today’s environment is that proper health and safety is adhered to. Due to our policies and procedures the service delivery is at all times reliable, efficient, safe and secure.

Certification of Document Destruction:

A Certificate of Destruction will be issued post shredding service delivery during the invoicing stage. This Certificate is All Security Mobile Shredding Ltd.’s guarantee that all paper waste at a stated period in time and locations was destroyed confidentially.

For more information on our industrial purge shredding service or confidential shredding Limerick or confidential shredding Galway then email your enquiries to:

info@securityinshredding.com or visit our site at www.securityinshredding.com

 

Specialising in secure confidential document shredding services with a reputation for exceptional security, customer service. Delivering value for money and the utilisation of leading technology compliant to the highest security standards within the industry.