How Secure is Mobile Shredding?

Sep 25, 2019 8:00:00 AM | John Barwick

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Shredding is often considered one of the most secure ways to destroy documents, especially if you have extremely sensitive information to protect. From your financial information to your medical documents, there's a lot of information that can be used against you. In 2012, the Defense Advanced Research Project Agency, a subsection of the Department of Defense, coordinated a contest that would allow a computer program to analyze data from shredded documents to assist the US if and when companies or individuals attempted to evade justice. In the past seven years, this technology has only become more sophisticated (and more accessible to more people than just the Department of Defense). 

With this in mind, it seems like a good time to examine if all mobile shredding is secure, and why it's so important to find a company who can protect your data.  

Secure On-Site Shredding

When a company chooses to forego shredding, they may think they've made a smart financial decision. Maybe it seems smart to either have interns complete the shredding or to skip it entirely. Few business owners (and even fewer employees) realize just how much information their company processes on a regular basis.

When a single thief can guess someone's password based on little more than a birthday and a pet's name, it's easy to see why secure mobile paper shredding is more than just a luxury for only the most profitable companies. On-site shredding services are designed to do more than just turn your data into smaller pieces. The proper shredding process needs to include the disposal of these documents so there's no question of security. 

Shredding Process

There are a few things you should know about proper secure document shredding:

  • An industrial shredder is not only made of more heavy-duty materials and designed to handle higher volumes, it also features a wide variety of cutting systems for different types of media. 
  • Industrial shredders are often used in waste management, giving municipalities an easy way to reduce space in landfills. (Biodegradable waste will break down much faster in smaller forms.)
  • Many recycling companies will favor shredders that are low in speed, but high in torque. The idea is that when the material is shredded slowly, there are fewer chances of one material becoming embedded in another. 

If you choose a reputable mobile shredding company, the staff can tell you more about exactly what happens to your documents as they move off-site. Those who take advantage of secure on site shredding do so because it doesn't make sense to either take the chance or try to complete this complicated task on a regular basis. 

Contact River Mill Data Management 

River Mill Data Management offers mobile paper shredding to customers who don't want the hassle, headaches, and reputation loss that stem from fraud. We not only shred your documents on site, we also mix them in with thousands of pounds worth of other data. We employ industrial shredders that can handle anything from cardboard to hard drives. Our company works with waste management organizations to benefit the environment without sacrificing your privacy. If you want to learn more about our shredding services, contact us and let us know what you're looking for. 

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