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5 Things to Consider When Choosing a Document Shredding Company

Individuals and companies, no matter how large or small, all regularly produce, collect and store documents that are valuable and confidential. Storing these records is not only potentially dangerous given the idea that they could fall into the wrong hands, but it can also cost you a lot to store your documents in any form.

The best way to protect yourself from things like identity fraud and costly storage payments is to shred your documents. However, as the information you are shredding is likely very sensitive, choosing the right document disposal company is something you’ll want to look into. When choosing a secure document destruction business, some of the things you’ll want to consider are:

What Certifications Do They Offer?

You’ll want to make sure that the company you choose for your secure paper shredding has the proper certificates of destruction, specifically from NAID, the National Association for Information Destruction. This international trade association sets the standard for secure document destruction. NAID AAA Certification means that the company takes extra measures to ensure secure handling of confidential materials throughout every step of the destruction process, from transportation to storing, from destruction to proper disposal.

Do They Offer On-Site Shredding?

You know you can trust a company that offers on-site shredding. Not only will you get the opportunity to oversee the shredding process and ensure total destruction, but you will also remove the risk of data falling into the wrong hands upon leaving your site. You never know what can happen, and if you allow your secure materials to leave the property intact, there is a greater risk of consequences.

What Do They Do With the Paper They Shred?

Take notice if the company sorts their white and coloured paper. If they do, this could indicate that they take their shredded paper to a third party recycling station where anyone could get their hands on it. Some companies sell white shredded paper as it has some value. This means that your confidential documents, while not in an easily readable form, are still passing through more hands, compromising your security.

Are They Experienced?

Just because a company claims the ability to be able to shred secure documents, it doesn’t mean that they have proper experience in the field. Make sure you find a company with a good reputation. Follow up on references if you feel that you need to. It’s always better to be safe than sorry.

What Other Services Do They Offer?

You don’t want to hire some guy in his van with a paper shredder. Make sure the company you choose has the strength and resources to back up their claims to secure document destruction. Look for companies that offer things like regular servicing, lockable storage bins, on-call services, home and office cleanouts, hard drive and media destruction, e-waste recycling, and more.

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ShredLock operates a reputable confidential document destruction service in Canberra, Melbourne, Brisbane and Sydney. Contact us today to learn more.




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