HIPAA Ransomware – How to avoid it

HIPPA Ransomware

Hipaa Ransomware – How to avoid it!

It has been reported that HIPAA ransomware has hit several well known Hospitals in the US. Many people today know of ransomware as, someone from Panama holding your documents hostage until you paid the fee for the license renewal (aka Cyborg Trojan).

One of the Hospitals attacked was located right in the Washington, D.C. Region. This facility is known as Med Star Health. This catastrophic situation caused the Health Care to turn patients away for over twenty four hours.

As the Washington Post stated, MedStar officials have not responded to multiple requests for comment, but someone who works closely with the $5 billion healthcare provider confirmed that the computer systems remain down and that staff has been turning patients away. [Washington Post–March 29, 2016]

In addition, it’s been stated that two California Hospitals have been affected by this as well. These Hospitals are owned by (Prime Healthcare). As Forbes Mentions they were.., “..hit with ransomware, and spokesman Fred Ortega told the BBC that “it did cause significant disruption of our IT services.” Prime Healthcare is the hospital management company that operates 42 acute care hospitals in 14 states. ”

How to Avoid Ransomware:

Ways to avoid these types of situations are pretty common. You’ll want to make sure your employees are trained well on what to do with incoming emails, and how to handle them. Often times, cyber bullies will embed a virus in an attachment, and it will ask you to install it. If you’re unsure whether you should install a software or not, you should seek help from a professional in your IT Department. Other ways cyber thieves install ransomware is by embedding it in software that you might not think would have it. Such as, Docusign. It has been reported that docusign has been used as a tool to assist with randsomware. You’ll know it isn’t from docusign when you click on the button to sign, and it asks you to install a program. This is how they get into your files.

Hard Drive Destruction

Often times companies have computer hardware that they no longer need, or have use for. This is where we come in and can assist with the destruction of those hard drives. We shred and destroy all types of HIPAA files, floppy disks, and hard drives.

• In justifiable cases, based on the size and the type of the covered entity, and the nature of the PHI, depositing PHI in locked dumpsters that are accessible only by authorized persons, such as appropriate refuse workers. • For PHI on electronic media, clearing (using software or hardware products to overwrite media with non-sensitive data), purging (degaussing or exposing the media to a strong magnetic field in order to disrupt the recorded magnetic domains), or destroying the media (disintegration, pulverization, melting, incinerating, or shredding).

At A-1 shredding we have the equipment necessary to confidentially, and securely destroy all medical records. We take pride in our work, and stand by it 100%.

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Drop off hours

We are happy to announce that we now have more availability at our North Phoenix shredding facility. Please stop in anytime Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 9am to 12pm to have your paper shred. Bring your confidential documents in and drop them off to be shred or stay and witness your material being shred from our viewing room. Please call the office for new Saturday hours also.

We look forward to shredding for you!


Earth Day Shred Event April 22 2016

A-1 Shredding is having an Earth Day shredathon!


Where: A-1 Shredding, north Phoenix location

2224 W Desert Cove #208 Phoenix Arizona 85029

Time: 9 am to 1 pm

Who can attend: Everyone. This event is open to the public

Bring your material to be shred in boxes, bags, totes or whatever you have it in and we will give you your containers back if you would like. If not, we are happy to recycle your containers. We will have containers set up outside for  “drop and go” or feel free to stay a while and check out the facility.

The first 2 copy paper size (or equivalent) boxes are free. Each additional box is only $5. No need to remove staples or paper clips but please, no binders.

Giveaways and specials during the event as well as some of our customers out promoting their products and services. (“Like” A-1 Shredding/Az on FB for more updates)

Protect your identity with A- 1 Shredding and help save the planet this Earth Day!


Don’t dread it, let A-1 shred it!

let-a1-shre-itHave you already started cleaning out your office or garage? Need more space? Maybe you need some more space in your office and are ready to shred previous paperwork? Don’t dread it, let us shred it!

Reclaim your space today! If you took some time over the holidays to go through your garage or home office and are wondering how you are going to shred 8 boxes (or more) of paper that has paper clips and staples in it with a $150 shredder from Staples….just call us. That will take you days, literally. Don’t buy the shredder! Call us and we’ll go to your house and handle it. We promise you we are better than that shredder and will shred smaller. We also have a better price. Spend your time on something you actually like doing!

Large or small, we can handle it all! No matter where in Arizona you are, we have you covered. Let us shred your paper and protect identity. We have some great specials for shredding so we are sure to fit in your budget. Like us on Facebook at A-1 Shredding/Az for contests and be a lucky winner for free shredding.

Don’t dread it, let us shred it!



The document specialists at A-1 Shredding are committed to the satisfaction of our clients. Whether you require regular services or a single visit, our team will shred your information in a timely and efficient manner – no matter what the load size! Visit our Yelp page to read reviews or leave comments about your A-1 Shredding experience.


We are committed to the security of our clients. We place the highest emphasis on maintaining confidentiality and privacy with all of the documents we receive. As your trusted shredding provider, we guarantee that your information will always be safeguarded. To learn more check out our services page.


The A-1 team is happy to offer both onsite and offsite secure shredding services!

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