A Walk-In Shredding Service for Private Individuals!

In the past professional shredding services have previously only been made available for businesses and other organisations.

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Now you can benefit from a secure, convenient shredding service that costs only £9.60 for a 15kg sack (that’s about 5000 sheets of A4).

  • No appointment needed – we are open 8-5 Monday to Thursday and 8-12 on Fridays
  • Great for small amounts of confidential waste
  • Convenient and secure – we unload, shred and certify – while you watch!

Call us on 01704 512380 or click here for more information.

Document Storage Archive here in Southport!

If you are struggling for space, or need a professional document storage solution then we are the local archiving organisation that can help. Features of our document storage services include:

Save space: We can assist you free up valuable space in your office. This space can then be used for other purposes, such as increasing your workspace or adding new employees.

Local: our secure storage facility is based here in Southport – close to you for speedy retrieval of documents just when you need them.

Secure: CCTV protected, alarmed and monitored.

Professional Document Management: When you store your documents with us, you benefit from complete control of your stored archives. All boxes are bar coded and our document management software allows you to specify key information such as review dates, destroy dates, and detailed contents.

So, if you are looking for a safe, secure, and affordable way to store your business documents, we are ready to help!

Contact us today on 01704 512380 to find out more.

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Why Accountants use our shredding services

Another firm of Accountants has started using our scheduled shredding services this week. The reasons why Accountants in particular use are services are numerous, but most fall into the following categories:

To protect client privacy. Accountants often have access to sensitive client information, such as social security numbers, bank account numbers, and credit card numbers. If this information falls into the wrong hands, it could be used for identity theft or other financial crimes. Shredding documents ensures that this information is destroyed and cannot be accessed by unauthorized individuals.

To comply with data protection laws. The GPDR (General Data Protection Regulation), introduced in 2018, governs how data must be handled. These rules require businesses to take steps to protect personal data from unauthorized access, use, or disclosure. Shredding documents is one way to comply with these laws.

To protect the Accountant’s business. If an Accountant’s office is hacked or burgled, and sensitive client information is stolen, the accountant could be held liable for damages. Shredding documents helps to mitigate this risk by making it more difficult for criminals to obtain sensitive information.

In addition to these legal and ethical reasons, accountants should also shred clients’ documents for practical reasons. Old documents can take up a lot of space, and they can be difficult to store securely. Shredding documents frees up space and makes it easier to keep the office organized.

If you are an Accountant, it is important to have a document shredding policy in place. This policy should specify which documents should be shredded, how often they should be shredded, and who is responsible for shredding them.

Here are some additional tips for accountants on document shredding:

>Shred all documents that contain sensitive client information, such as social security numbers, bank account numbers, and credit card numbers.

>Shred documents as soon as they are no longer needed.

>Use a cross-cut shredder to ensure that documents are shredded into small, unreadable pieces.

>Dispose of shredded documents in a secure manner, such as by placing them in a sealed bag or container.

>Keep a record of when and how documents were shredded.

By following these tips, accountants can help to protect client privacy, comply with data protection laws, and protect their businesses from data breaches.

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Good reasons why you should shred your old papers

There are many reasons why shredding your old paperwork makes good sense. Here are a few of the most important ones:

  • To protect personal information. Shredding confidential documents helps to protect personal information such as national insurance numbers, credit card numbers, and driver’s license numbers from falling into the wrong hands. This information can be used for identity theft and other crimes.
  • To comply with regulations. Many businesses and organizations are required by law to shred confidential documents. This includes financial institutions, healthcare organizations, and government agencies.
  • To prevent fraud. Shredding confidential documents helps to prevent fraud by making it more difficult for criminals to obtain the information they need to commit identity theft or other crimes.

If you have confidential documents that you need to shred, there are a few different options available to you. You can hire a professional shredding service or purchase a home shredder. No matter which option you choose, make sure that the documents are properly shredded so that they cannot be reassembled.

Here are some additional tips for shredding confidential documents:

  • Shred all documents that contain sensitive information, including financial statements, medical records, and legal documents.
  • Do not simply tear up documents or put them in the trash. This is not enough to protect the information they contain.
  • Use a cross-cut shredder to ensure that the documents are completely destroyed.
  • Shred documents immediately after you are finished with them.
  • Keep the shredded documents in a secure location until they are disposed of.

By following these tips, you can help to protect your personal information and help protect your self against identity theft and fraud.

Walk-In Service March 2021 Update

Covid-19 Service Changes

In order to maintain social distancing and protect you and our staff we have made some minor changes to our Walk-In Service.

  • The service operates Monday to Friday 8-12.
  • Please call ahead on 01704 512380 to let us know the morning you wish to arrive.
  • On arrival please stay in you vehicle – we will unload, shred and email you an certificate of destruction and invoice.
  • Payment can be made by bank transfer or by card on the phone.

If you have any questions or need more information, please call 01704 512380.

Walk In Service Update – Covid -19 Social Distancing

Following the announcement by the Prime Minister on Monday 23rd March 2020 we have suspended our Walk-In Shredding Service until further notice.

Should you wish to use our Shredding Services, we can arrange a collection from your home or place of work.

Click here to contact us or call 01704 512380

Our other services as shown below continue to operate.

GDPR Compliance, convenience and security

Using a regular shredding service can help protect your organisation from the risk of data theft and assist with your compliance with GDPR.

The scheduled service is ideal for organisation’s that care about protecting their information, reputation and clients data.

We provide secure locked cabinets in your office that are great for protection of day to day information and ideal for shared offices.

Our confidential waste systems are designed to maximise your organisations security, minimise risk and ensure cost effective waste treatment.

Accredited to ISO 9001 iData Destruction has been providing secure document shredding services to BS 15713 standards since 2008.

For a free trial contact us on 01704 512380.

Simple Tips and Tricks to Prevent Identity Theft

You may not be able to stop all identity theft methods, but you can take common-sense steps to protect your information and limit the likelihood of damage.

Find below 15 preventative actions that you should take.

  1. Check Your Accounts Regularly – Frequently review all credit and debit card accounts for unknown purchases that could indicate fraudulent use. Generally, account information should be updated daily and be available for review online.
  2. Consider a Monitoring/Prevention Service – If you’re too busy to monitor your own accounts, companies such as Moneytips, Experian, Equifax stc. can monitor your credit report for suspicious behavior and make it difficult for thieves to open false accounts in your name.
  3. Use Strong Passwords – Find passwords that have meaning to you but are difficult to hack. Consider the trick of incorporating characters at regular intervals, such as “P@A#S$S%W@O#R$D%”. See your keyboard for the pattern (and don’t use “password” as the text).
  4. Protect Your Passwords – Don’t save your passwords on your computer or let your computer remember passwords – that’s the equivalent of hiding your door keys under the “Welcome” mat.
  5. Avoid Password Duplication – Use unique passwords for each account. It may be easier to remember one password instead of twenty, but why give thieves access to multiple accounts?
  6. Keep Devices Protected – Make sure that your computer, smartphone, and other devices that are connected to the Internet have the latest protections. Update protection software regularly and check the news for any new threats that require immediate updates. Use file encryption whenever possible to protect individual files in case your system is breached.
  7. Use Secure Wi-Fi – Unsecured wireless Internet connections can thwart all of your other protections. Use them at your own risk.
  8. Use Multi-Factor Authentication – Take advantage of multi-factor authentication when it’s available. Typically, this involves a secondary temporary security code that is sent via e-mail or text message. The code must be entered before a transaction is completed.
  9. Dispute Errors – Immediately address any mistakes or false charges on credit cards or debit cards, no matter how small. They could be the first sign of a breach.
  10. Cancel Compromised Accounts – Cancel any compromised debit or credit accounts and replace them with new cards as soon as possible – but make sure banks and credit card issuers are aware of the situation to avoid missed payments and penalties during the transition. When cancelling a card, don’t forget to reassign recurring charges that you’ve allocated to it.
  11. Set Up Alerts – Many cards have fraud protections and alerts to notify you of questionable charges, odd purchasing patterns, or unusually large purchases. Take advantage of any program that is offered, and consider switching to a different card if your current one does not offer protections.
  12. Shred Old Documents – Some identity theft is still old-school rummaging through your trash and discarded mail. Shred any documents, even junk mail, that contains information useful to thieves – and consider a locking mailbox to avoid mail theft.
  13. Review Medical Statements – Medical claims are confusing and take a long time to process – making them ripe targets for identity thieves. A fraudulent medical claim in your name could reach collections before you even know it exists. Look for Explanations of Benefits (EOBs) for unfamiliar groups or procedures.
  14. Stick with Trusted Sites – Stay with familiar websites and be suspicious of any external links. Look for “https” in your browser window, as the “s” indicates a secure site – but even this system is not foolproof.
  15. Stay Familiar with Scams – Phishing e-mails and fake websites are becoming more elaborate and difficult to discern. Note any new scams that are reported, and trust your instincts if you find a new e-mail or text message that looks suspicious.

While these steps don’t guarantee success against identity theft, you increase the odds by making yourself a relatively difficult target. Most identity thieves will move on to greener pastures – and, based on recent breaches, there are plenty of greener pastures for thieves to explore.


Business Relocation

A firm of Solicitors have relocated their business to larger premises. They have a quantity of old no-longer needed documentation stored in boxes, cupboards and filing cabinets. They require this old documentation to be shredded and certified for the protection of their clients, their business reputation and GPDR compliance.

iData Destructions One Time Service

Ideal for this application, we provided Security Sacks with zip ties. The light weight portable sacks have a capacity of up to 15kgs and are great when used for emptying filing cabinets and drawers.

Security sack

At a time and date arranged by our client, we arrived collected and shredded the confidential waste.

On collection a uniquely numbered Waste Transfer Note was issued detailing such information as:

  • date of collection
  • material type collected
  • quantity
  • location
  • operative name
  • contact name

Post destruction a Certificate of Destruction was issued demonstrating completion of the audit trail and satisfying GDPR compliance. All the shredded paper was then baled and recycled becoming new paper in a matter of days.

If you are moving, or you just need to make space in your archive call us on 01704 512380.