Shred Blog

Whether you are a resident or business owner, keeping your personal information secure and compliant starts with staying informed. The shred experts at ConfiData are dedicated to not only securely destroy your confidential documents, but to keep you informed as well. Learn everything from regulations impacting document destruction, such as GDPR, HIPPA & PHI, to comparing different shred policies, to retention & shredding guidelines for the health industry, common hard drive destruction mistakes, and so much more.

Have additional questions? Interested in discussing how our paper shredding services can benefit you? Give us a call at 1-800-627-4733 or send us a note to get the conversation started!

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Why Your Employees are Your First Line of Defense Against a Data Breach

When you think data breach, you’re probably picturing some masked hackers in hoodies in a dimly lit room with nefarious intentions. And, hey, you may be right. But what if your first line of defense against a data breach isn’t the sophisticated cyber security software that you should still definitely be using, but your employees?

shredded paper being baled at Confidata's shredding facility

How Secure is Secure Recycling?

Show of hands: how many of you rip up credit card offers when they come in the mail? If you didn’t raise your hand because you shred credit card offers, good for you! If you didn’t raise your hand because you just toss them straight into the recycling – you might want to rethink your…
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7 Creative Ways to Repurpose Shredded Paper During the Holidays

The paper shredded at Confidata’s shredding facilities all gets baled and goes directly to paper mills where it gets recycled into everyday paper products, like toilet paper, tissues, paper towels, etc. Around the holidays, though, we like to get a little whimsical and imagine what we would do with all the shredded paper if it…
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The NIST Cybersecurity Framework for Finance and Medicine

We get a lot of questions about privacy, patient and client data, and why shredding is important, especially now that a lot of data is stored and transmitted electronically. Shredding is of course important for any hard copies of documents containing personally identifiable information, but protecting your client or patient data is more than just…
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How to Design a Financial Safeguards Program

Under the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act, the FTC has issued a rule requiring financial institutions to safeguard consumer information. The FTC’s Safeguards Rule applies to both individuals and organizations who provide financial products or services to consumers. These services extend beyond the obvious banking and investment firms to check-cashing, data processors, non-bank lenders, property appraisers, and retail…
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Who Should Be Your Privacy Officer?

  Healthcare Data Confidence Tips from Confidata: Privacy Officers Under HIPAA, every medical office must designate a privacy officer. Depending on the size of your practice, however, you may not need to create a full-time position. Whether your privacy officer is full-time or takes on the responsibility for patient privacy and HIPAA compliance in addition…
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Confidata Guide to HIPAA and PHI

How to protect patient PHI and properly dispose of medical records The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) includes privacy and security rules designed to protect the Personally Identifiable Information (PII) of patients, often referred to in medical contexts as Protected Health Information (PHI). These rules require that medical professionals establish protocols for protecting…
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Upcoming Free Public Shred Events

UPDATED FOR 2019: Confidata is teaming up with some local partners to bring free shred events to the local Albany, Syracuse, Binghampton, and Utica areas during 2019. These shred events are open to the general public, no businesses please. If you are a business looking for shredding services, please contact us for a quote.