“In essence, firms should put in place systems and controls to minimise the
risk that their operations and information assets be exploited by thieves and fraudsters.
Consumers are entitled to rely on firms to ensure their personal information is secure.”
Financial Services Association
Identity theft is one of the UK’s fastest growing crimes, and we all know the monumental headache that data getting in the wrong hands could cause you, your business and your clients. Document shredding is a secure, efficient (not to mention environmentally friendly) way of destroying data and protecting your clients’ and your company's sensitive information.
So here is every SMEs indispensable top 5 things to add to your document shredding list. We have also created a PDF which you can print out and stick on your office wall. This will help remind your staff too!
- Client records – fraudsters can use even the most basic information of your clients to commit identity theft crimes, including names, addresses and telephone numbers. Take care of your client records- shred them, don’t bin them!
- Tax records- tax records contain lots of sensitive financial information about you and your company. In the wrong hands, thieves could have a field day with your information.
- Payroll records- Don’t compromise your staff’s details. Payroll records generally incorporate sensitive financial information. Shred it!
- Confidential correspondence- confidential correspondence which doesn’t need to be kept for legal reasons, should be shredded. Thieves can sell company secrets for thousands if they manage to get hold of it.
- Legal documents- legal documents may not contain financial information, but they could contain sensitive information relating to your business.