Most remote workers have been doing so for long enough that they and their company have reputable systems in place for keeping company information private. They may employ a document shredding service for physical papers and may have set up a robust digital defense. Even with all these precautions, remote workers should be more aware than ever before of the scams that are floating around the internet.
As society has adapted to changing requirements and standards, so too have scammers. Today, we’re going to explore a few of the most common tricks a scammer will use to get your information – and how you can avoid falling for the trap.
Public Health Information Phishing
As monitoring the spread of COVID-19 becomes a public health goal, scammers have seized on the opportunity to create some truly subversive means to gain access to either your computer or your personal information. They may send you a link or instruct you to download a certain piece of software under the guise of gathering health tracking information. However, the link will usually include malware, which can grant them remote access to your machine, and the information they request from you will veer along the lines of your personal information, which can then be used to gain access to your accounts.
Never download from a source that seems untrustworthy, even if they purport to be from a respected agency or research organization. You can verify independently, and then use that information to decide whether to proceed or not. If it seems sketchy or suspicious in any way, refuse.
Promises of Government Relief
As the COVID-19 pandemic continues into the fall, many state and federal government grants have become available to help companies and remote workers who may be struggling. Unfortunately, this is also a prime opportunity for scam artists, who simply pose as a government worker in order to extract valuable, personally identifying information (PII) from their targets.
The scam is simple and can take place either over the phone, in an email, or even in a physical letter. They’ll explain that you’re eligible for a grant or for free assistance, but to get it, you have to provide your name, address, birth date, or other information.
As with any scam, it’s vitally important that you never give out your personal information or click on any link that you haven’t verified to be legitimate. Stimulus payments are usually provided automatically, and if a grant is legitimate, you should be able to find reporting of that fact through your local newspaper or government. When in doubt, assume it’s a scam, and walk away.
VPN Support From a Business or IT Department
Many companies have turned to virtual private networks (VPNs) to help their employees safely transmit confidential information while working remotely. Unfortunately, scammers have noticed this and transformed it into a fresh opportunity to steal valuable information.
A scammer or group of scammers will target a specific company or business and compile employee information based on what they can freely find through social media. Using these insider facts to gain an employee’s trust, the scammer will then send a link that looks identical to the company’s existing VPN login page. The employee enters in their details, and just like that, the scammer’s in.
If you’re contacted by someone claiming to be from the IT department who serves your company, don’t be afraid to hang up and verify with your company before proceeding.
Staying Safe Offline With Document Destruction
As important as it is to remain vigilant about our online safety, the same must be said for physical security as well. If you’re working from a home office, make sure your door can be locked, and that any confidential or private papers are stored where only you can access them. If you have papers designated for the wastebin that contain personal information, they should be kept in a secure locking container until you can arrange for the appropriate level of document destruction.
To learn more about our document shredding services, give us a call at (602) 759-5103. You can also send us a message online to request more information or for a free quote.
Every day, we bring valuable information into our homes. Whether it’s contained on a throwaway piece of junk mail or a child’s report card, our information is still valuable. That value doesn’t go away after it’s discarded in the trash, which is why dumpster diving is still a concern, even in 2020. However, that presents a problem: when you need to throw your information away, how can you guarantee that no one will hunt through your trash can – or the public dump – to get it?
Our shredding services aren’t just used by businesses; there’s a good chance that someone in your neighbourhood benefits from professional document shredding. Today, we’re going to look at the top 3 reasons why our customers love residential shredding (and why we’re willing to bet that you’ll love it, too).
You Can Tailor Your Service to Your Amount of Papers
A common misconception is that a shredding service is a one-type-fits-all approach, and that couldn’t be farther from the truth. No matter how many (or how few) papers you have to shred, there’s a method of shredding perfectly suited to accommodate both your volume of papers and your pocketbook.
If you have a backroom to clean or a corner of the room completely swamped by old documents, you can request a mobile shredding appointment. One of our top-of-the-line mobile shredding trucks will drive right to your front door, and our uniformed technician will handle the transfer of your documents directly into the internal shredding machine.
You’ll be able to watch in real-time as your documents are shredded, and once everything has been cross-cut into tiny, irretrievable pieces, you’ll receive a Certificate of Destruction that officially verifies that we shredded your items according to the latest privacy regulations.
Let’s say you only have a small box of documents or a couple of papers you’d rather not throw in the trash. You don’t have to ask for a full mobile shredding appointment to process these smaller batches. Instead, you can take advantage of our drop-off shredding service. It’s priced to reflect the smaller shredding volume, and our convenient drive-up-and-drop-off model means that it’s a short stop, and then you can continue with the rest of your day.
Enjoy the Confidence of Total Security
With a residential shredding service, you never have to take it on faith that your documents are well and truly gone for good. You’ll be able to either see your documents shredded or watch as they’re accepted by a member of our uniformed staff. You’ll also receive a Certificate of Destruction, no matter how your papers are processed.
Gone are the nights worrying whether someone will find your documents in the dump, or if a scrap of your old tax returns will be picked up by an unsavoury character. You can rest confidently and comfortably in the knowledge that your documents have been shredded according to precisely the same requirements used by government institutions like the IRS.
What Should You Be Shredding?
- Report Cards
- Outdated Forms of Identification
- Utility Bills
- Mail Containing Your Name or Address
- Documents Containing a Personal Signature
- Unneeded Health Records
An Affordable & Convenient Way to Discard Documents
Another common misconception is that professional document shredding is too expensive to bother with on a residential scale. Again, this couldn’t be farther from the truth. At the time of writing this post, we have a special deal available to shred 15lbs of paper for only $10, including a recyclable Seal n’ Shred bag. The entire bag goes straight into our shredding machine, which means there’s no chance that anyone will ever see your documents after you seal the opening.
Document shredding also takes a fraction of the time it’d take to process the papers on your own; our shredding machines can chew through 133 pounds of paper every minute. That means that most residential customers can get back to their day in fifteen minutes or less.
Residential Shredding Services in Arizona
Shredding a few documents isn’t just a path to sleeping easier at night; it can also save you thousands of dollars and hours of work in the event of identity theft. If you’re ready to protect your papers, consider A1 Arizona’s residential shredding services. Our team will work with you to determine whether a mobile appointment or drop-off visit would be the best fit for your items. After your shredding is completed, we’ll send the remaining particles for secure recycling, adding an extra layer of security to your items and doing our part to keep waste out of landfills.
For more information on A1’s residential shredding services, give us a call at (602) 759-5103. You can also send us a message or request a free quote online.