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Identity Theft: What You Should Know About Fighting It

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Confidential Document Destruction

As a business owner, when it comes to your New Jersey company, regardless if it’s a mega corporation or a small startup, protecting yours and your staff members’ confidential information is critical. Over the past few years, identity theft is being a growing issue in New Jersey and across the United States, and confidential document destruction is a sure way to prevent this.

In 2014, 17.6 million American residents fall victim to identity theft crimes and when government and corporate databases are lost or stolen, nearly 100 million more residents have their private, personal information put at risk of identity theft. In addition, 64.1% of reported identity theft is from the misuse of a credit card, 35% of an existing bank account and 14.2% of others personal, private information.

Here are a few ways your New Jersey business can lower the risk of identity theft from happening.

Confidential Document Destruction
When it comes to getting rid of your unneeded work documents and records, you may not realize that by putting the items in typical trash bins that you put you and your staff at risk of identity theft. A common way identity thieves access information is dumpster diving. That is when a person will dig through trash in search of confidential information that he or she can use for personal gains. To combat this, ensure that you have your documents and records properly shredded by hiring a professional shredding service in NJ. Our confidential document destruction team will ensure that all of your documents and records completely destroyed using our state-of-the-art equipment.

Strong Computer Passwords
Breaches into online accounts and computer systems are spreading fast. A key to small business fraud prevention is to ensure that your online accounts are hard to crack, make sure your passwords are complex. Use a combination of uppercase and lower case letters, numbers and computer symbols, such as $ # & *, and in addition, make sure your passwords are 8 characters long, at minimum.

Install Anti-Spyware Software
While using strong passwords is important, data hackers are still finding ways of breaking into your computer systems to take your information. Many hackers use spyware software to access your information on your computer. Use strong antivirus and antispyware software programs that will help protect your private data.

Regularly Review Your Bank Account and Credit Card Reports
For every statement with updates to your personal and business bank accounts and credit cards, take extra time to read over them over. Regardless how small the dollar amount could be on paper, if money was taken out of your account or charges or purchases on your credit card, contact your banking representatives right away. Review all information and reports on your statements each month and once you no longer need your reports, make sure you have them correctly destroyed, via professionally shredded.

For more information on our confidential document destruction services, contact us at 1 (866) 747-3360.