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Document Destruction

The era of shredding documents in-house and then adding them to recycling is long gone. Too many companies have found out the hard way that simple single strip shredding has allowed criminals to reassemble their critical and important organizational and client/patient information so that it can be sold on the dark web, causing company breaches, identity theft, and fines for abusing state and federal laws for data protection. There is a requirement for businesses to take document destruction seriously by hiring licensed and professional document destruction companies such as SHREDDRS, who will guarantee that all documents are shredded to the maximum so that the information can never be used.

Types of Document Destruction

There are various types of document shredders and each one brings specific security needs.

Strip-Cut Shredders: These shredders make use of rotating blades that slice paper into long strips. This was one of the most popular shredder types and is considered to be the least secure. While this shredder type is fine for information that doesn’t cross into any level of security, the fact that criminals can reassemble the strips makes this shredder a danger. Strip-cut shredders vary in the size of strips from 1/16”-3/4” wide and from 30-50 parallel strips. Security experts have indicated that the more strips per page, the more effective the shredder. There are some strip-cut shredders that are “continuous” which means that they will continue to shred no matter what the length of the document.

Cross-Cut Shredders: Another name for this type of shredder is “confetti shredder,” and these are popular in home and business environments. The blades on the shredder are specially designed to slice through the paper in different shapes such as small squares or diamonds. This makes any attempt at reassembling extremely difficult. Paper cutting can range from 1/32”-3/8” in width and can produce from 300-900 pieces of paper from a single standard A4 document size. Beyond creating tiny pieces of paper, the results are more compact.

Micro-Cut Shredders: These are considered to be one of the most secure forms of document shredding and is typically used in high security environments. The micro-cut shredders are designed to cut paper into tiny particles that can reduce a page to 12,000 pieces. The cutting blades cut both width and length to such a small degree that they could never be reassembled and they compact so that the results takes up less space.

Disintegrators:  This type of shredder is a heavy-duty style, with multiple blades designed to shred high volumes of documents. The resulting shredded size is so small that it can pass through a mesh or sizing screen and is totally obliterated. There are two blades mounted into fixed positions so they capture the document in the same way and the other 2-5 blades rotate at different sizes and angles to continue to cut the paper. While designed to handle large capacities, they may heat up for long-term, continuous use.

Hammermills:  Very similar to disintegrators, this type of shredder is a heavy-duty style. Designed for large scale shredding, they have rotating hammers that pulverize the document and pound the results through a sizing screen to make sure that the pieces are completely destroyed and turned into dust. Some hammermills achieve their shredding goals with knife blades, blunt edges of a combination of both technologies.

Industrial Shredders: These shredders are a kind of all in one, created to shred multiple types of materials including paper, corrugated boxes, beverage containers, and plastics. These are large, high-tech devices that require special voltage lines. The design is such that the machinery can operate with little or no human intervention. Industrial shredders are used to create more eco-friendly results.

Pierce and Tear Shredders: This type of shredder is considered to be high security and is designed to perform in more industrial applications. The process first punches holes in the material and then tears the material apart within the shredder so that it achieves total destruction. The pierce and tear shredders can accommodate a variety of materials including documents and cardboard.

 

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Hard Drive and Product Destruction

All businesses make use of a variety of technology devices to store, update, and maintain high level security information regarding their organization, employees, clients, contracts, and profitability. Criminals know that many companies are less than knowledgeable when it comes time to upgrading these devices and will often simply delete the files and folders and then donate or sell the devices. Tech-savvy criminals are on the lookout for these technologies and can access the critical data and then sell everything on the dark web. There are state and federal laws in place that require companies to ensure that all customer/patient information is secure and the best way to do this is to use a licensed and professional data destruction company such as SHREDDRS.

Devices that Hold Information

Any technology devices that has a hard drive or memory card is liable for criminal activity. As our society continues to add new technologies, this list will continue to expand.

Misc. Plastic Cards: credit/debit, rewards or loyalty cards, and gift cards can be linked to personal information.

Methods of Destruction for Hard Drives and Peripherals

There are a few ways for complete destruction for technology devices and peripherals. While many fall under the “name” of shredding, the processes differ from those that shred paper.  Once a device reaches end-of-life, is no longer needed, is being replaced with an upgrade, or is simply not functioning to accepted standard, it is critical that the device is rendered harmless and no longer contains any information or data that could be accessed. The type of data destruction depends upon if the device will be donated or sold, or if it is to be completely destroyed.  The types of destruction include:

SHREDDRS uses high tech shredding devices that guarantees that each device is destroyed and will never be able to be used or accessed. We supply our clients with a certificate of proof for destruction that can be used in case of audit or legal situations.

 

Bolingbrook About

The village of Bolingbrook is a southwest suburb of Chicago in Will and DuPage counties in the state of Illinois. The population is 73,366. It is the 17th largest incorporated place in Illinois and the state’s 2nd largest village.

 

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Bolingbrook, Illinois Information

Bolingbrook is approximately 28 miles southwest of Downtown Chicago. Bolingbrook borders the communities of Woodridge, Romeoville, Plainfield, Naperville, and Darien. Interstate 55, locally the Stevenson Expressway, runs through the southern part of the village heading northeast toward Chicago and southwest toward Plainfield and Joliet. Interstate 355, also known as the Veterans Memorial Tollway (formerly the North-South Tollway), runs along the far east side of the village between New Lenox and Addison. Illinois Route 53, locally known as Bolingbrook Drive, runs north–south through the middle of the village.

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