Data theft can have catastrophic long-term effects on you, your business, clients, staff and suppliers. It is important to realise what papers should be shredded and which should be filled away.

Information from the past that you should keep but won’t need regular access to such as tax bills and insurance policies can be stored away in binders and/or boxes then placed into “storage”.  Current information such as recent bills, travel information and bank statements should be kept on desktop files or if in a hard copy sat on your desk or somewhere that is very easily accessible.

Another folder that could be important that will contain documents such as:

  • Annual tax returns
  • Legal documents (passports, birth certificates)
  • Wills
  • Real estate certificates
  • Medical records
  • Educational records

In this day and age when more and more people are using computers each day, it’s important to go paperless when possible. You could pay bills online and create folders on your computer the same way that you would in a cupboard.  This will help reduce the amount of paper coming in which will reduce stress. If you do choose to go paperless, it’s important to back up your information onto the cloud or an external hard drive in case your computer crashes.

At STE Waste Management we offer confidential shredding in Manchester and Cheshire as well as hard drive destruction and document and data destruction.

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