Want to keep your reputation intact? Consider routine document destruction.
As Warren Buffet once said, “It takes 20 years to build a reputation and five minutes to ruin it.” For businesses, maintaining your reputation isn’t just about good customer service or an excellent marketing campaign. A good reputation is built by how you secure yours and your customers’ information, too.
Businesses should place identity protection high on the priority list. Before you throw confidential information in the trash, think about your reputation going along with it.
While old records, like closed bank accounts and canceled credit cards seem harmless, they are anything but. A data breach can put your organization at risk as well as tarnish your reputation.
What can you shred and destroy to protect your reputation?
- Obsolete financial records
- Bank statements
- ATM receipts
- Canceled checks
- Expired credit cards
- Pay stubs
- Hard drives
- Media files
- Any documents that contain sensitive information, such as social security numbers, birth dates, etc.
As a business owner, you’re constantly juggling countless concerns. Don’t let the security of your data be one of them. By scheduling regular shredding sessions you’ll have peace of mind, and so will your customers, and that is how you keep your reputation intact.
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