Whether you are a doctor’s or dentist’s office looking to destroy old records for patients or a government agency seeking to shred old classified documents, getting rid of paper sensitive documents can be a scary and intimidating task. Any document that has a social security number, credit card or bank account information, or even addresses and phone numbers should be considered sensitive and disposed of properly. Here are some tips for getting rid of your business’s sensitive documents safely and securely.
Purchasing a paper shredder is a great step towards properly destroying sensitive documents. Take care to read all of the details on the shredder you are considering and pay attention to how many sheets it can shred, whether or not it can handle credit cards or CDs, and how it shreds (into strips or cross-cut). There are many paper shredders available with different specifications to meet your needs. When dealing with sensitive personal information, it pays to get the best quality paper shredder you can.
Hire a Paper Shredding Service
Look for a document shredding service in your area. These are great for business owners looking to get rid of a large quantity of sensitive documents at once or businesses that have regular document destruction needs. These companies will pick up all of the sensitive documents you need destroyed once (or every week) and destroy them for you. All of them guarantee privacy and always fully destroy the documents. This is a great way to destroy sensitive documents and save yourself some time.
Get Rid of Only the Sensitive Parts
A time-consuming but effective way to get rid of sensitive documents is to remove the sensitive parts and then destroy the documents (or keep them) as you normally would. You can use a heavy black permanent marker to black out sensitive portions. You can also use a hole punch to punch out any sensitive words or portions. Another method is to cut away sensitive portions with an x-acto knife or pair of scissors and then only destroy the parts that were cut away.
Safely Get Rid of Printed Sensitive Documents with Micro Records
Micro Records can help your business get rid of paper sensitive documents safely and securely. For more information about how we can help your business transition to doing things digitally, get rid of sensitive documents securely, or benefit from new technology solutions, visit us online or give us a call at (877) 410-SCAN. For more tips on transitioning your business to paperless document management, follow us on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Google+, YouTube, and Flickr.