Safety Tips to Remember During your Winter Vacation

Wednesday, February 20, 2019 9:34 am, Posted by Absolute Destruction

Are you one of the lucky people who manage to get some time off work to go skiing or hit the beach? Enjoy! But before you go, there are a few ways that professional shredders can help you to keep things safer back at home.

Keep Important Papers Secure in Your Home

If you have papers in your home which you don’t want strangers to see, make sure they’re filed somewhere secure. Such paper could mean everything from old business contracts, tax information, or any other common forms that have personal information about you. In just the way you keep your most valuable possessions locked up in a safe, take steps to make sure that your private information stays confidential.

A security breach can result from your private information getting into the wrong hands. If you’re concerned or simply want to know more, call us at Absolute Destruction & Recycling today (1-866-997-3334) to talk to a live attendant. We can answer any questions you may have or arrange to destroy your documents, always the safest way to make sure they can’t lead to a breach of security. If you don’t feel like calling, you can always read this information detailing further what services we offer.

The Danger Posed by Electronics on Vacation

Be careful during your vacation: if used the wrong way, electronics can lead to a security breach in a few ways.

If you post your vacation pictures online to social media, there’s a chance they’ll be seen by a criminal casing your home to see if it’s currently empty. If you feel that urge to show your friends that you’re vacationing somewhere exotic, it’s a good idea to hold off on publishing them until you return from your vacation. Along the same lines, don’t “check in” on Facebook to tell people you’re currently at the airport, about to fly out of town for days. That isn’t the only danger electronics can pose.

Like old papers, sometimes our old electronic devices contain sensitive data that can be dangerous if they get into the wrong hands. The safest way to deal with old electronics is to call the professional shredders: beyond paper, Absolute Destruction can securely dispose of forms e-waste that may contain sensitive data. This includes cell phones, old floppy disks, hard drives or USB drives, desktop and laptop computers, photocopiers and photocopier memory cards, and more.

If an intruder sees small, portable electronic devices that are easy to carry out the door, it might be an attractive thing to steal. Maybe they broke into the house looking for cash or jewels, but they won’t neglect the old smartphone just sitting there, or a hard drive with who knows what on it — the appeal may lie in the value of the actual devices, or in the information they hold. Make sure this situation can’t arise in the first place by calling a professional shredding service like Absolute Destruction to safely destroy your e-waste.

We hope your vacation gives you a refreshing break from your ordinary routines. Hopefully, the weather is great, and it’s a satisfying experience for you and everyone on your trip. But take care to be safe, both while you’re on the vacation itself and with the home that you’ve left behind.

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