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January 25, 2016

Protect Your Connecticut Business from Identity Theft

With 2016 starting to pick up steam, most people are back to their normal work schedules; what better time to set new goals for your Connecticut business?  One goal to consider this year is to ensure you take the necessary steps to protect your business from the risks of identity theft crimes.Identity theft is when a person obtains vital pieces of sensitive information that he or she can use for personal gains. The information can come from a variety of sources, such as social security numbers, bank reports and credit card statements. In business, critical information that identity thieves can steal can be found on budget plans, market research, pay stubs, blueprints and tax documents, to name a few.

Here are a few ways to help protect your Connecticut business from identity theft:

1. Shred Documents
You may not realize it, but when you place fully intact documents in the trash, you are putting your business at risk of identity theft. One of the most common ways thieves steal private information is by digging through company garbage; this is known as dumpster diving. By teaming with PROSHRED® Connecticut, you will gain peace of mind knowing that all your documents and records will be properly shred. Our trained technicians use state-of-the-art shred technology, ensuring that all of your business information is 100% destroyed.

2. Use Strong Passwords
When using your work computers, using strong passwords will help prevent others from gaining access to your business data. If you use typical, easy-to-guess passwords, such as birthdays, family names and addresses, you are putting you and your co-workers at risk of having information hacked from your computer system. Choose long, complex passwords that will be hard for someone to crack. Use a variety of numbers, symbols, upper case and lower case letters for increased security.

3. Use Bins and Consoles
Before having your documents destroyed by the professionals at PROSHRED®, store them away in secure, lockable bins and consoles. These bins and consoles are easy to use and are securely moved to one of our mobile, on-site shred trucks where they will be emptied onto our mobile shred trucks for the destruction process.

For more information on how PROSHRED® Connecticut can assist in protecting your business from identity theft, call us today at 1-203-303-8500

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