Frequently Asked Questions
WHO SHOULD SHRED?
Anyone that is concerned with identity protection so that means EVERYONE! Shredding services were initially only used by banks, doctors, hospitals, lawyers, accountants, and insurance agencies. However today, with mounting lawsuits, every business that handles client’s personal information, including any credit card information should be utilizing a professional shredding service. In addition new laws and legislation are requiring it of specific industries and professions. With identity theft growing at staggering numbers individuals should be using a shredding service for personal information destruction. The Federal Trade Commission recommends it!
WHAT NEEDS TO BE SHREDDED?
Everything that contains confidential information should be shredded! Computer printouts, storage media, hard drives, paper documents, payroll records, personal information, sales reports, financial statements, customer lists, invoices, legal documents, medical records, tax records, marketing plans, credit cards, identification cards, CDs, DVDs, obsolete badges, x-rays, photographs, microfilm, just to mention a few!
SHOULD WE CONSIDER ON-SITE OR OFF-SITE SHREDDING?
Stone offers both services to all customers. However with our dedication to protecting and preserving the environment we recommend that customers use our off-site service. Some of the main reasons why off-site is better for the environment include: reduced gas emissions, reduce fuel consumption, reduced noise pollution, and elimination of dust and possible allergens.
IS OVERWRITING OR CLEANSING A HARD DRIVE OR MEDIA 100% EFFECTIVE?
No! According to the National Security Agency, 10% of all hard drives have defects or abnormalities which prevent them from being completely cleaned. Therefore the only way to guarantee 100% that your information does not fall into the wrong hands is to have it completely destroyed using our services.
WHAT IS THE MOST SECURE METHOD OF ELECTRONIC MEDIA DESTRUCTION?
Degaussing and overwriting may not lead to totally secure results when trying to remove confidential information from electronic media. Total destruction by shredding is the only sure way to ensure that for the secure disposal of electronic media.
IS DESTROYING A HARD DRIVE OR OTHER MEDIA MORE EXPENSIVE THAN OVERWRITING?
No, destroying a hard drive is nearly half the cost of overwriting, a common method of erasing hard drives. Furthermore, the data is gone forever!
HOW MANY TREES DO I SAVE BY UTILIZING STONE SECURE SHREDDING?
For every two consoles placed, one tree is saved. How many trees did you save this year?
WHAT IF I HAVE ITEMS THAT DO NOT REQUIRE SHREDDING BUT THAT I WANT TO DISPOSE OF?
STONE also offers a one-time trash container service for a total solution to your disposal needs. With a back door for easy loading, clean up is as easy as 1, 2, 3! We drop off the container, you fill it up, and we haul it away.
CAN STONE TAKE CARE OF ALL MY SHREDDING NEEDS?
YES, YES, YES!