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Moving Season? Make Sure You Know What’s Going into the Dumpster

Hire Professionals to Shred or Store Documents

Summertime is a popular time for businesses looking to move to a new office. The weather is move-friendly, and more real estate choices become available as other businesses relocate. Moving is quite a mix of excitement and stress. There are loads of items on your list that need to be handled, such as signing leases, hiring moving companies, and packing all those paper records. During an office relocation, it’s common to purge old furniture, office supplies, and documents. However, the dumpster is not the best place for paper records. Criminals are known to dumpster-dive, and very often, they strike gold. Your trash may be their treasure. By taking the right steps to ensure safety, you can save time, money, and your business reputation. Using a professional information management company is an excellent choice for all your shredding, storage, and records management needs. They can handle your documents, hard drives, and office furniture destruction requirements.

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Hurricane Season Preparation Tips for Your Business Documents

Don’t Let Mother Nature Ruin Your Business – Seek Help from the Pros

Florida is known as the Sunshine State, but not far behind is its reputation for hurricanes. From June until November, the residents and guests of this lovely state watch the weather, waiting and preparing for the next storm to hit land. When there is a threat offshore, businesses and homeowners get ready by placing plywood planks over windows and hunkering down. The goal is to be prepared for the worst. Your Florida company will benefit significantly from preparing documents to stay secure in the next hurricane season. By using the services of an information management company, you can be at peace when bad weather hits. Services such as records management and media destruction ensure that documents are kept safe, secure, and dry. Recovering from a natural disaster is more manageable with help from the pros.

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Spring Cleaning Your Office

Include Document and Media Destruction for a Cleaner, Compliant Office

Many people take advantage of spring to air out their homes, dig through closets, purge clothing, and conduct a deep clean. The results are a refreshed and less cluttered home. Taking that concept into the office may result in a much more pleasant workspace where your productivity skyrockets, your mood improves, and you deliver an excellent impression to your clients. You’ll find you can get more done with less stress. Part of the spring cleaning you do in your office will include sorting through mounds of paper and extra digital media. As you prepare for a proper office clean-out, consider lining up the professional services of a media and document destruction company. Not only can they get rid of records safely, but they can also support your records management efforts in a secure environment, giving you the peace of mind that your sensitive information is handled with utmost care and security.

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Protect Your Identity Online

Hire Professionals to Help with Document Storage and Destruction

We all enjoy using smartphones to scroll through social media, send documents to clients, or call a potential customer. Computers and the internet help you get your work done faster. Technology is a fantastic addition to our personal and professional lives. Yet, nefarious people in the world are always lurking to take undue advantage of technology to steal your identity or hack into a corporation’s new business plans. It is incredible how the handheld computer you carry daily can be used against you.

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Tax Season – Does Your Tax Preparer Protect Your Information?

Hire Professionals to Destroy Old Hard Drives and Shred Documents

Once the effects of the New Year’s celebrations wear off, it’s time for a new season—tax season. We welcome spring and dread April 15th at the same time. It’s the time of year when receipts and reports get pulled out, and the fretting over the tax bill begins. For tax professionals, they are at their busiest, running numbers, requesting additional information, and filing tax returns. Tax season is a favorite for cybercriminals. They love the opportunity to steal personal identification and falsify tax returns, and there is plenty of fodder to fill their needs. Do you know if your tax preparer is protecting your information?

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Spring Break Prep to Avoid Identity Theft

Spring break is a beautiful time to relax and unwind after a long work stint through the busy first quarter of the year. Many families take this time to head out on vacation. Sadly, this is also a great time for thieves to steal your identity. It’s easy to forget that there are evil people in the world when you are soaking up the rays on vacation. The last thing you want to discover is that your identity has been stolen, and now you have to handle the ramifications. Identity theft is a crime of opportunity. You can do much to stop the event by being proactive when you hit the road toward your vacation destination.  

Hire Professionals to Maintain and Shred Your Documents

Part of keeping your identity safe at all times includes using the services of a document destruction company. They can take those records you no longer need and shred them so finely no one can put the puzzle pieces back together.

9 Tips to Keep Your Identity Safer While on Spring Break

Are you ready to enjoy your break, knowing you have thwarted cybercriminals? Check out these nine tips to keep your identity safe:

  1. Clean out your wallet before you leave. Please take a moment to remove any unnecessary cards and documents with personal information. Be sure you do not have your Social Security card on you. That is a disaster waiting to happen!
  2. Call your bank and credit card companies. Let your bank and credit card companies know you will be traveling. They can watch for suspicious activity and potential fraud while you are on the road.
  3. Hold your mail. Put a hold on your mail to avert potential mail theft. This will prevent mail containing sensitive information from sitting unsecured in your mailbox.
  4. Use the safe in your hotel room. Many hotel rooms have a safe. You can store your wallet and private documents in the safe so they are not left out where they can be quickly snatched up.
  5. Be cautious when using public Wi-Fi networks. Thieves can easily take advantage of individuals checking their email or bank statements over unsecured Wi-Fi networks and track their activity without your knowledge. Use a private VPN when possible and limit reviewing private information while using public Wi-Fi.
  6. Make wise choices when posting to social media. It is sensible to wait until you get home before posting your vacation pictures on social media. Posting while you are gone signals that you are not home and welcomes unwanted visitors.
  7. Hold onto receipts. Keeping your receipts helps you stay within your vacation budget. More importantly, you can immediately check them against your bank or credit card statements and know if someone has taken the liberty of overusing your cards. 
  8. Use credit cards instead of debit cards. Many banks offer protection from fraud, but credit card companies often provide better protection. They limit your liability, while debit cards have more complex terms that may include losing all your money in your account.

Protect Your Identity While on Spring Break with Help from a Dependable Company

Enjoy your vacation, knowing you have taken the right steps to protect your identity. The team at Crown Information Management offers services that help you destroy those documents that no longer need to sit in your home or workplace. We understand that identity theft can occur at any time or place. Our well-trained and dependable team has the know-how and equipment to correctly destroy records that are no longer required. We can also house your vital documents in our safe and secure facility. Look to us for all your document storage and destruction needs. 

For experienced help with media destruction, records management, and document storage, call Crown Information Management. You can reach us at 800-979-9545 or contact us online to learn more about our services. Put our team to work for you. We are a SOC1 Level 2 Report,NAID AAA, and PCI Certified company.  

Protect Your Business from Identity Theft

When you start a business, you want to be successful, as quickly and as efficiently as possible. You might begin with a dream—to build a better computer, brew an excellent cup of coffee, or provide outstanding adventures for your clients, and so on. No matter which industry you enter and what the nature of your enterprise is, you will have many aspects to manage. Your days will be filled with multi-tasking—marketing, sales, production, securing supplies, handling customer concerns, and managing employees. 

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Clearing the Clutter: Decluttering Your Office with Shredding Services

Partner with Professional Shredders to Tidy Your Office

Clutter does more than make it difficult to concentrate on your work. It is a beast that swallows your productivity. It increases your anxiety and makes you want to throw in the towel. That may seem drastic but consider your tough days when your to-do list is longer than your arm and you can’t find the reports you need for the upcoming meeting. Sure, you could print more off, but why waste additional paper and ink unnecessarily when you could easily find it on a tidy desk? What about all the paper stacks holding your desk to the floor in your office? The mountains threaten to swallow you up, adding to your frustration. Sounds like a recipe for professional disaster!

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Love Is Protecting the Identity of People You Care For

Hire Professionals to Destroy and Shred Personal Documents

With the rampant misuse of today’s technology, it is easy to have your identity stolen. Cybercriminals mine social media sites, search through trash, and send out phishing messages. They are determined to gain as much information as possible and make others’ lives difficult. Protecting your own and your loved ones’ identity is vital to peace of mind and security. It is more than just a hassle when a stranger takes over and racks up credit card balances in your or your family members’ names. It can end up being a nightmare that will not end anytime soon! 

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