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What should I be shredding?

This blog discusses what and what not to shred...


To shred or not to shred?

Sometimes it can be difficult to know what is acceptable or encouraged to be destroyed or what can be safely kept. Anything that contains your name, address, phone number, bank account information, or any other form of personal data should be shredded since they contain info that can be traced back to you directly. Data people usually forget to consider include ATM receipts, credit card receipts, passports, and even used airline tickets.


A study in 2015 found that identity theft had risen by a third within a year, with stolen passports and documents accounting for many of the incidents. One of the tips the BBC website gives to avoid this is to shred all financial information containing sensitive material.


Estimates by showed fraud losses to SMEs are estimated at around a staggering £19 billion a year; it is clear a culture of security is necessary in order to minimise losses within the workplace, particularly for small to medium enterprises.  Likewise, sensitive online material poses a similar threat to identity theft, and, in this day and age, more people are becoming victims to online hacks and fraud than ever. Therefore, it’s important to be mindful of data shredding, such as hard drives, USBs, CDs, DVDs, floppy disks and laptops: you might think that simply deleting files resolves the issue, but there are ways in which data can be restored without knowledge of the consumer.


Topwood data destruction ensures that every single piece of data destroyed is disintegrated beyond recovery: this is the only way you can be sure that your data is protected from theft with absolute certainty. Topwood’s low speed, high torque industrial shredder cuts and grinds the media into tiny fragments until they pass through a screen (30mm down to 6mm depending on security requirements). Once powder-like the rendered material is then sent to a smelter so it can be recycled.

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