Around a quarter of office workers (23%) leave behind confidential paper-based information belonging to the company on a train or bus, some 15% recall leaving behind confidential paper-based information in a pub and a further 12% in a café or restaurant.
Better shredding practice would not only better security but also improve productivity in the workplace too. Research showed that a third of employees think troublesome and faulty equipment takes time out of their working day and impacts their productivity. Whilst 61%* stated their computers had been updated in the last two years, shredders are not. When asked what would help most to improve productivity, 18% requested for more automated equipment and technology, offering faster speed and reliability.
Keep your personal information, credit cards, passwords & pin numbers in a safe place (preferably a lockable drawer or safe) & don’t share these details with people or companies you don’t know or trust
Always protect your post, especially if you live in a building where other people can easily access it. When you move house, redirect your mail from your old address to your new one for at least a year
Check all your statements and financial records as soon as they arrive & report any discrepancies straight away. Regularly obtain a copy of your credit report
Be wary of what information you publish online and who you make it visible to. Think before publishing phone numbers, pictures of your home, workplace / school, your address, date of birth or full name
Make sure your computer is protected from the threat of online attacks.
Know the risks: make sure all employees know the risks of paper based identity fraud by holding meetings and disseminating information. Fellowes has created free-to-download asset packs to help protect confidential company information and empower employees to get shredding.
Don’t let it pile up: shred as you go so it becomes a daily or weekly habit. Not only will this save you time in the long run and help you to work more efficiently but you’ll be protecting yourself, colleagues, company and clients.
Maintain productivity: Avoid disruption and maximise productivity by using the latest generation of ‘smart’ technologies. Fellowes shredders all have Jam Proof technology which eliminates paper jams and powers through tough jobs – a true time-saving solution.
Register with Companies House: make sure you sign-up to their Electronic Filing, Proof & Monitor services which help to prevent fraudsters changing the names of your directors and effectively ‘hijacking’ your company.
Choose a shredder that is best suited to your needs: remember security is paramount. Businesses need to determine what level of security they need, depending on what documents need destroying.
Whether you want to protect yourself or your business against identity fraud, comply with data protection legislation, or just clear up clutter around your home or office, there are several key factors to consider when choosing the right paper shredder for you.