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Westmont, IL Shredding Services

When most people think of shredding, they automatically default to paper or document shredding. However, the number of documents being transferred to digital formats takes the concept of shredding to entirely new levels. The technologies that we store critical information is now viewed as a priority for destruction, and as we attempt to transition to a paperless society, and with the addition of state and federal laws regarding protection of proprietary and customer/patient data, every business is being faced with the requirement for both document and digital shredding. To accomplish these tasks on a high security level, organizations are turning to licensed, professional data destruction companies for shredding services.

Why Shredding Services Are Important

Breaches may be most known as those accomplished by hackers that break into a network, however, criminals will attempt any form of theft to access proprietary and personal information. One of the easiest methods of theft is insecure disposal and re-use of devices that have reached end-of-life and are replaced by newer technologies. Tech savvy criminals can buy these devices on eBay, look for them at nonprofits where they are donated, or buy them at bulk commercial locations where they are sold for parts. Patient, customer, client, and company information is held on these devices when an organization simply assumed that “deleting” would get rid of the data.

Organizations that use their own in-house strip shredders to save money have found that criminals have accessed the strips and re-assembled them to expose sensitive company and personal information.

 

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Westmont, IL 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 the least secure. While this shredder type is fine for information that does not 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 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 take 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 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 destruction. The pierce and tear shredders can accommodate a variety of materials including documents and cardboard.

 

Westmont About

Westmont is a village in DuPage County, Illinois. Westmont is a community of 5.03 square miles in area which has a population of 24,685. It is located approximately 18 miles west of the Chicago Loop in the southeastern portion of DuPage County.

 

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Westmont, Illinois Information

Westmont is located at 41°47′40″N 87°58′35″W. It is bounded on the north by the Village of Oak Brook, on the east by the Village of Clarendon Hills, on the south by the City of Darien and on the west by the Village of Downers Grove. It is nearly wholly within Downers Grove Township. In the early 1900s, plats for the Village of Westmont were laid out and roads were dedicated; incorporation, decided by a vote of 41-28 , followed in 1921. Westmont was officially incorporated on November 4, 1921.

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