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Safely Destroy Your Personal Data With A Certified Company

Your phone has been slow and buggy lately, and your laptop has seen better days – but what to do with them? Throwing them away not only contributes e-waste to the environment, but it’s a dangerous choice that could lead to identity theft. Keeping your old electronics, storage drives, and any useless paper files is a waste of space and it’s also risky. Having these items hanging around could lead to accidentally tossing them away or their potential theft. You could sell or gift your old phone, but even if you think you’ve wiped a drive, personal data can still be retrieved by fraudsters. When it’s out of your hands, there’s no telling what happens to it afterward.

Your safest bet is to use a certified shredding service for documents, old storage, and technology. But not all document destruction companies are doing what they promise. Disreputable businesses can take the items you’ve purged during a clean and potentially resell them to other consumers or sell them off to a third party for their materials. Sometimes old electronics are sent to a country overseas with improper and hazardous waste disposal techniques that can leak arsenic, lead, and cadmium into the ecosystem. To ensure proper shredding, crushing, and recycling is taking place, hire Absolute Destruction & Recycling Corp., a professional NAID (National Association for Information Destruction) certified company. NAID is Canada’s top body overseeing companies that specialize in secure information and document destruction.

We provide exceptional on-site shredding and electronics destruction services with the highest levels of security and the most eco-friendly policies in the industry. We provide on-site mobile shredding trucks that conveniently come to you, offering peace-of-mind because you can physically and visually verify that we have completed your job on your premises. In addition to document shredding in Oakville and the surrounding GTA, we offer services to many places in Southern Ontario. Your business or home needs regular maintenance that includes shredding and data destruction to avoid putting you, your family, your staff, or your clients at risk.

NAID’s certification program is voluntary and involves regular audits of mobile and plant-based operations in paper and technology destruction. This includes old computers, phones, tablets, CDs, disks, storage drives, and more. NAID explains, “protocols are in place to ensure the security of confidential material throughout all stages of the destruction process such as handling, transporting, storing materials prior to destruction, and destroying and disposing of materials responsibly.” The certification process and check-ups help organization meet laws and regulations required by governments to protect confidential customer information. The audits are unannounced, meaning companies stay compliant because an official check could happen any day. Using these same high standards for your home ensures your personal information and those of your loved ones’ is safe and environmentally-conscious, too.

Absolute Destruction’s paper shredding services in Markham and the surrounding GTA include one-time and ongoing options. If you’re curious, we offer fast quotes using our online portal or by phone. If you have a large job that you need to prep for, let us know, and we’ll provide free, lockable consoles and containers in advance of your appointment. We’re happy to answer any questions you have about the process.

It’s wise to properly dispose of your unused technology and piles of out-dated paperwork lying around your home or office. Avoid shady shredders who are promising one thing and doing another. Be sure to do it the right way with the guarantees provided by a quality NAID-certified company.

Add comment May 2nd, 2018

Prevent Small Business Identity Theft With Data Destruction

Small business identity theft is a major problem in Canada. It isn’t just individuals who can have their sensitive and private information stolen for the financial gain of fraudsters. A thief can assume the identity of a business using their Employer Identification Number (EIN), like using one’s Social Security Number, to steal assets, apply for loans or credit, secure payments, and access the personal information of employees, clients, and customers. Other common information can be taken from a company’s website to fill in the remaining details. This nightmare scenario can cause much damage to a small business, including loss of finances, resources, ruining credit, and making it extremely difficult to acquire loans as well as public trust in the future.

Small businesses are larger targets than big corporations because they don’t have the resources to protect themselves. At Absolute Destruction & Recycling Corp., our primary concern is your business’s security. There are several things you can do to immediately improve and safeguard your company’s valuable assets. Make sure that staff passwords are routinely changed, and that no one records their password anywhere that can be accessed. Keep confidential customer information limited, password protected, and properly encrypted. Hire third-party professionals to take care of IT security and perform regular security audits. A business’s success also depends on proper data destruction like paper shredding and destroying old electronics and drives.

Hackers aren’t the only threat to your security. Identity theft can occur from stolen paper files or old electronics that are thrown away, improperly recycled, or just lying around. Never leave boxes of papers, files, storage drives, disks, etc. out in the open. These should be kept in locked locations with limited employee access and kept completely inaccessible to the public. Identity thieves could be complete strangers to the business; but they could also be employees, customers, suppliers, or competitors. It’s vital to regularly purge your business of old files, electronic devices, storage drives, and more.

Absolute Destruction is at the top of the list of the best shredding companies in Richmond Hill and the surrounding Greater Toronto Area. We provide exceptional on-site shredding and destruction services with the highest levels of security and the most eco-friendly policy in the industry. Our on-site services will provide you with peace-of-mind because you can physically and visually verify that we have completed your job on your premises. Our mobile shredding trucks will come to you and destroy any records, however they’re stored, where you can visually verify the job has been done. Our uniformed, bonded, and photo I.D.’d customer service reps will also provide you with a “Certificate of Destruction” and “Guarantee of Recycling”. For extra peace-of-mind, we’re certified by the National Association for Information Destruction – the official governing body for those providing information destruction. Be assured we’re always here to help with any questions that come up.

Identity theft is a growing problem for small businesses and individuals. Have a third party check your computer systems and e-commerce set-up. Regularly use shredding and data destruction services and restrict the access to the files and systems necessary to keep running. Be sure to lock up filing cabinets, password protect electronic systems, and never email or transmit important numbers like EINs or account numbers over the web without first checking the site’s security certificate. For more tips on how to protect your small business from identity theft, check out these tips.

Add comment April 24th, 2018

Security: A New Year’s Resolution

After the whirlwind of celebrations took us for a ride this past holiday, it’s nice to know that we have a little bit of time to recover at the start of the New Year. The crew at Absolute Destruction, the document destruction services in your area, would like to take this moment of calm to welcome you back to the blog! It’s with warm sincerity that we wish all the best in 2018 for you and yours.

After a year like 2017, we can appreciate how necessary this downtime is for our mental health, but don’t revel in relaxation for too long before you tackle the New Year. Though you may be tempted to see how long you can stay in your blanket burrito as you binge-watch the Alias Grace mini-series, this is a special time of year that shouldn’t go ignored!

The New Year is an opportunity to put the past behind us and embark on the next twelve months with enthusiasm — once we get over our post-holiday blues, of course! (See our upcoming guide to beat just that later this month). After some much-needed R&R, it’s easy to feel optimistic about the year ahead, especially as we frame it with the healthy changes we want to make in our lives.

New Year’s Resolutions: they’re every bit a tradition as singing Old Lang Syne at the stroke of midnight. Many of us prioritize our weight and fitness as we arrive on the other side of the holidays with our waistlines showing the evidence of our overindulgences in sweets and leftovers. Others will look to their finances as they realize just how much they spent on the holidays.

From our perspective behind our paper shredders in Richmond Hill and the rest of the GTA, security gets the highest priority. Experts say everyone will be a victim of identity theft at least once in their lifetime, and it’s easy to accept this factoid as true when you consider the number of commercial security breaches that happened in last year — many of which our blog covered as these cases unfolded in the public eye.

The good news is, with the right defence, you can avoid becoming a victim of identity theft — even when this crime is at an all-time high. The sharp blades of our mobile shredding trucks can’t help you get shredded like a superhero, but they can keep you safe from a potential attack from a criminal fraudster. Every truck in our fleet meets NAID (National Association for Information Destruction) standards, so it’s one of the few ways you can permanently destroy documents and electronic data.

For the last 16 years, these trucks have let us service Toronto and the GTA with reliable document destruction for businesses and individuals alike. With one-time purges and regular pick-ups available, you can join our customers and experience the benefit of superior document destruction.

If you have room for one more goal on your list of New Year’s Resolutions, make it security. As the threats of identity theft increase each year, you need to start thinking about how you can protect your personal information. So give us a call once you catch your breath this January, and together we’ll make 2018 the most secure year yet!

Add comment January 29th, 2018

How To Get Over Your Post-Holiday Blues

After months of preparation, the holidays are over in the blink of the eye. It’s a little anti-climatic for those of you who revel in the season — those who takes great pleasure in decorating their houses, watching their favourite films, and finding every excuse to nibble on some gingerbread. Once it’s all over, you can feel a little underwhelmed and overexposed in the cold, harsh light of January.

The crew of Absolute Destruction paper shredders understands how visceral the post-holidays blues can be for most people, so that’s why we’ve put together a short guide to beating the winter doldrums. Despite it being the coldest months of the year, the winter is a time when Toronto heats up. There are a lot of things to see and do in the upcoming weeks, and we’re willing to bet any of the following events will get your mind off the blues.

Winter Village: December 2017 to March 2018

You may have already heard about the Evergreen Brick Works’ Winter Village during the holidays, as it’s been up for the holidays since December. But it runs until March of 2018, at which time it leaves behind any signs of Christmas to embrace the sights and flavours of winter. The Winter Village offers a perfect weekend outing for friends and family with outdoor activities around the Don Valley and an opportunity to taste-test your way through the GTA’s finest street-eats. There’s also a farmer’s market that operates every Saturday.

Toronto Light Fest: January 19 to March 11, 2018

The Toronto Light Fest is back at the Distillery District for another year, and it’s bringing an illuminating art installation to light up the historic cobblestone streets from January 19 to March 11. Head down to the Distillery District to see how 17 artists from Canada and around the world design inventive light displays that cast the neighbourhood in an entirely different light. Best of all, it’s free, so you can get a little bit of culture without paying a dime.

Winterlicious: January 26 to February 8, 2018

The area’s biggest foodies will already be aware of Winterlicious, a time when restaurants all over Toronto design creative menus at prix fixe values for two weeks in January. Over 220 restaurants join in on the fun, and there’s no limit to the cuisine, making it easy to tour your way through the diverse flavours of the city. There’s something delicious waiting for you at Winterlicious, but you’ll have to act fast if you expect to sample any dish. The food festival is incredibly popular, so reservations can be difficult to nab. If you want to experience these handcrafted menus, don’t wait — call your favourite restaurant now.

It’s alright to mourn your long-gone holidays, but don’t let your grief ruin the rest of the season for you. There’s a lot to see and do around town, and the three examples above are only a very small sample of what’s going on in Toronto this winter. Check out your local listings for events, and look up extensive winter guides for more ideas. From singles to families, there’s something for everyone.

Soon enough your calendar will be full of things to do, so you won’t have time to think about anything else. Just remember to leave enough time to schedule one of our shredding services or our professional recycling program this winter, so you can keep safe as you explore what the city has to offer this winter.

If you aren’t sure which one would best suit your needs, check in with our FAQS about document destruction. It’s a quick and simple resource for the services we offer. Get in touch once you have a better understanding about your options, and we’ll make sure your privacy stays protected in 2018. In the meantime, get out there and explore the big city!

Add comment January 16th, 2018

See You In 2018!

Get ready with the champagne and party hats, it’s that time of year again! It may feel like only yesterday we were ringing in 2017, but it’s already drawing to a close. Before you raise your cup to another rendition of Old Lang Syne and welcome 2018, the crew at Absolute Destruction wanted to reach out and wish a happy and healthy New Year to you and yours.

One of the greatest joys of the season is the opportunity to express our gratitude for the people we serve, so we wanted to take the time to thank every one of you for another great year of document destruction. It was just as much a pleasure meeting new faces as it was returning to longstanding clients of document shredding in Vaughn, Markham, Barrie, and across the GTA.

Wherever you are, our crew wants to remind you that Absolute will continue to offer on site shredding services as usual in the New Year. Whether it’s a one-time residential purge to help you reach your de-cluttering resolution or a regular pick-up for commercial shredding, we’re ready to safeguard your personal information in 2018 and beyond. All you have to do is pick up the phone and speak with one of our friendly representatives. Until then, here’s a toast to success and good fortune in the New Year!

Add comment December 28th, 2017

A Gift Idea That Shreds The Competition

The decorations are up, the gingerbread is cooling, and the stockings are hung with care. There’s no mistaking the signs: the holidays are on their way. But there’s still time before the big day is set to arrive. That means two things. One, we’re not too late to wish you and your family season’s greetings. Two, you still have time to cross off the last of your holiday chores.

As your dependable document destruction company in Toronto and the GTA, Absolute has a unique perspective on the season as we help businesses and homeowners shred. With every visit, our team sees how busy people can get around the holidays. You know you can rely on us for secure document and electronic data destruction this December to help free up your schedule, and we’re ready to take on any commercial or residential purges this month and beyond. Whatever you need done, we can coordinate it — even a last-minute gift of security.

Though unorthodox, a gift from Absolute is a surprisingly thoughtful gesture. For those on your list who have a goal in the New Year to become more organized, a one-time residential purge comes with the promise of a clutter-free home. As for the business owner in your life, our regular commercial pick-ups help them create a clean and secure office space.

Whether it’s a singular appointment in Barrie or recurring document shredding services in Richmond Hill, your gift of security comes with the backing of a NAID-certified company. Standing for National Association for Information Destruction, this certification proves that we meet each and every standard for safe document destruction.

Each of our team is fully vetted, bonded, and trained in information destruction standards, and they use state-of-the-art mobile shredding trucks to eliminate paper and digital documents in their entirety. In a world where identity theft and corporate security breaches are on the rise, this kind of security is priceless.

This commitment to our process means you can feel confident about the “Certificate of Destruction” our teams hand out after every job. It’s then paired with a “Guarantee of Recycling”, since our company is committed to eco-friendly practices.

Compare this to other popular gifts left in stockings and deposited under the tree. While many of us have exciting things like the new iPhone X or the Xbox One X on our lists, very few of us get what we want. In reality, these expensive devices are replaced by novelty kitchen appliances that, though interesting during the first use, quickly lose their appeal; practical white tube socks that anyone could buy for themselves; or off-the-mark clothing choices that are set for an immediate return.  These stereotypical gifts can’t match the security, sustainability, or organization shredding promises.

If you already know who could benefit from a gift like this, give us a call. Together we can coordinate an appointment that works for your loved one. Whether we send out our mobile shredders based in Oakville, in Burlington, or in another part of the GTA, there’s a local team ready to get started. So get in touch and give a secure, eco-friendly gift this year.

Add comment December 18th, 2017

Mail Fraud Is On The Rise Before The Holidays

Ask any child at this time of year, and they can tell you the number of days left until the holidays arrive. Whether it’s because of the family get-togethers, presents they get to open, or just the time off school, most children in the GTA are already excited for the upcoming month’s festivities.

Feasts and gifts aren’t the only things we look forward to in December. With each day we come closer to the holidays, we can expect more cards, letters, and parcels in the mail. Before you know it, you may be overrun by delivery notices, bills, and postcards. When you’re already busy with the season, the contents of your mailbox may not get your full attention, but as Absolute Destruction & Recycling Corp.’s blog has mentioned before, you need to turn a keen eye on your mail.

According to the latest data collected by the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre(CAFC), the number of mail fraud complaints lodged in 2016 was seven times higher than the year before. These scams result in a criminal assuming your identity and rerouting your personal mail to a new address.

If you see a mail-forwarding notification nestled between your bills and holiday cards, and you didn’t personally enlist this service, then your identity has been compromised. This means a criminal has used your contact information to change your address, and they’re using this address as home base for any application for new identification, credit cards, or loan.

At this point, you’ll want to contact Canada Post to alert them of what’s happened. You’ll also want to check your credit report and past financial statements to see if there’s any suspicious activity in your accounts. If there is, you’ll have to alert your financial institutions, the police, the CAFC, and your local document destruction company.

For a more detailed run-through of the steps, check in with our post, “Identity Theft Resources: A Guide for When the Unthinkable Happens” from October 2016.

Identity theft is a devastating blow to your security at any time of the year, but it’s especially stressful during the holidays. Rather than experiencing what it means to celebrate as you handle fraud, early prevention can help you avoid such a fate this season.

Shredding old financial statements and tax records you no longer need is one strategy. Protecting your online data by sharing your info only with trusted venders is another. You should also make sure you keep track of your finances as you ramp up your holiday shopping. A regular and detailed check of your accounts, loans, and credit cards can help you identify any unusual activity and alert the authorities before the theft spirals out of control.

If you’re ready to get a jump on your shredding, contact us anytime in the lead up to the holidays. One of our crews will be happy to destroy and recycle any mail before it leads to identity theft. In the meantime, keep an eye on your mailbox to make sure it’s free of any forwarding notices as you welcome the many cards and parcels of the holidays!

Add comment November 28th, 2017

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