Be careful with your shredder

Make sure you don’t shred your home-office history

If you’re setting up a home office, perhaps taking your first steps in starting up a new business, then you should get yourself a shredder.  Data fraud and identity theft – criminals stealing your details or that of your customers – is big business.

We have a range of shredders available, for all sizes of business and budget.  For example, a good choice for a home office shredder might be a Rexel StylePlus which can handle seven pages at a time and chews up credit cards.

If you need a heavier-duty machine, Rexel’s Auto+ 60X can shred up to 60 pages at a time.  Think also about whether you want a confetti or a cross cut shredder. Confetti models turn paper into tiny strips cut vertically, while cross cut models produce a smaller shred, but cut vertically and horizontally.  (The latter is generally better for security.)

To get the most out of your shredder, make using it part of your daily routine.  Letting confidential documents pile up increases the risk of their falling into the wrong hands, either through a break-in or being thrown out by mistake.  But be careful what you shred.

The New Yorker has an interesting article about how, starting in 1994, the US Patent and Trademark Office started digitising its records. That led to documents about patents being shredded; paper wasn’t necessary any more.  Since that Office started life in 1790, it meant that historically important documents were being destroyed – effectively in order to save shelf space.

Why is that important to small businesses?  While your home office might not seem like much right now, the SME you start today could be the multinational of tomorrow.  Wouldn’t it be a shame if you shredded all records of the early days?

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