Why should I bother using a shredder???
If youre sitting on the fence regarding purchasing a shredder, let me give you 10 good reasons why you need one. While some of these reasons may seem obvious, you may not be familiar with these others.
To begin with, I can attest to the fact that I personally use a shredder at my office and feel it is an important part of any companys business operations. While shredders are often in abundance at the office, they can also be used to dispose of sensitive material (often in abundance) at home.
Here are 10 good reasons why you should use a shredder:
Its the Law Federal laws such as FACTA (read more) and HIPAA (read more) require that certain types of material be shredded. Failure to do so can warrant some hefty fines and penalties.
Protect Your Customers When disposing of customer, client or patient information, it should be shredded. Information such as a name, date of birth, social security number, address and other personal information can quickly turn into a headache for your customer if it falls into the wrong hands.
Protect Your Employees While we often think of protecting customer information, we often forget about employees. Human Resources and other business departments often handle sensitive employee information that should be properly shredded when no longer needed.
Dumpster Diving It is legal in most US states to go dumpster diving. This is the process of sifting through garbage. While many people are simply looking for junk they consider valuable, other people have more nefarious plans that involve identity theft.
Convenience A shredder, placed next to a desk or in a centralized location, makes disposal of paper documents easy. Because shredded paper is more compact than crumpled paper, fewer bag changes are required.
Environmentally Friendly I have sold shredders to customers who had environmentally friendly ideas in mind. Some of these include creating mulch for a garden, bedding for a rodent and packaging for shipped products. These types of shredder uses usually involve a strip cut shredder and non-sensitive documents. Most shredders now use energy efficient technology.
Saves Money Shredding sensitive data now will save you a lot of money later down the road. Someone applying for a credit card or a bank account under your name can cost you a lot more later down the road than the price of a shredder now.
Information Management While not all discarded information contains sensitive individual data, many businesses dont want plans, ideas and other information falling into the wrong hands, such as a competitor. It is also important for many world governments and militaries to shred sensitive data and information.
Destroys More than Paper Many modern shredders destroy more than just paper. Many can be used to shred CDs, DVDs, credit cards, floppy disks and more.
Its Fun! Lets all be honest. Shredding can be fun. Theres something the way a shredder works that is both intriguing and enjoyable.
Why Buy Royal?
In 1904, in a small machine shop, two men produce their first typewriter. Their guiding principles of innovation and quality are the foundation of their company The Royal Typewriter Company. Today, Royal specializes in Registers and Office Equipment, and continues its long tradition of innovative and quality products for the home and office with over 110 Years of Innovation and Quality.
Royals line of quality products has expanded to include shredders, registers, calculators, time clocks, postal scales, rechargeable batteries for iPhones, iPads, etc. and a full line of imaging supplies to support todays office equipment and much more.
Like its dominance in the typewriter market, Royals reputation for innovation and quality has led it to dominate the market in shredders, registers, and pencil sharpeners to name just a few categories. Customers have come to expect nothing less from Royal.
A superior quality product doesnt just happen. It is, and must be, the culmination of years of effort and ideas devoted persistently to a fixed purpose and a set ideal.
Edward B. Hess, Co-Founder, Royal Typewriter Company
Royal Consumer Information Products, Inc. is a leading supplier of office products, accessories and supplies for the consumer and small business markets. With its roots in the Royal Typewriter Company, founded in 1904, Royals product line has evolved to include registers, shredders, PDAs/electronic organizers, postal scales, weather stations, and a wide range of imaging supplies supporting todays most popular printers, faxes, and copiers. Royal Consumer Information Products headquarters is located in Bridgewater, New Jersey.
The Royal Typewriter Company was founded in January 1904 in a machine shop in Brooklyn, New York by Edward B. Hess and Lewis C. Myers. In 1905, with their limited cash running out, Hess and Myers turned to Thomas Fortune Ryan, the wealthy financier. They demonstrate their machine which has numerous innovations including: friction-free, ball-bearing, one-track rail to support the weight of the carriage, a new paper feed, a lighter and faster typebar action with complete visibility of the words as they are typed. Ryan is impressed and puts up $220,000 in exchange for financial control.
In March 1906 the first Royal typewriter, the Royal Standard, was sold. The Royal Standard was different from its competition in that it had a flatbed design rather than the traditional upright design used by other typewriter manufacturers. With demand increasing, Royal purchased 5¼ acres in Hartford, Connecticut as the new site for its manufacturing facility. Original plans called for floor capacity of 250,000 square feet and will cost $350,000 to build. In 1908, Royal will begin manufacturing here. In 1911, Royal introduced the Royal 5 typewriter which also utilized the flatbed design.
Royals first model utilizing the upright design was the Royal 10 which came out in 1914. Original models had two beveled glass panes on each side. The Royal 10 was an immediate success. In 1926 Royal introduced the Roytype brand name for its line of typewriter ribbons and carbon paper. Royals introduction of its portable line of typewriters in the late 1920s was an immediate success and launched the company to become the worlds #1 selling typewriter brand.
To promote the ruggedness of its typewriters, George Edward Smith, president of Royal bought a Ford-Stout tri-motor airplane in August 1927. This plane will drop over 200 typewriters in crates with parachutes to dealers over the eastern seaboard of the USA. Royal will eventually deliver over 11,000 this way with only 10 being damaged.
In January 1941, Edward B. Hess, one of Royals founders and vice presidents, died in Orlando, Florida. Hess was a prolific inventor and held over 140 patents relating to the typewriter.
World War II brought tremendous change to Royal. In order to aid the war effort, Royal converted its manufacturing to war work exclusively. Royal would manufacture machine guns, rifles, bullets, propellers, and spare parts for airplane engines. It wouldnt be until September 1945 that Royal would start typewriter production full-time again.
In 1947, Royal would produce, in limited quantity, a gold-plated version of its popular Quiet Deluxe model. Ian Fleming, the British novelist who wrote the James Bond novels, would use one. Other typewriter manufacturers would utilize Royals innovations in their typewriters. In 1947, Royal would win patent suits against Remington and LC Smith & Corona. In February 1950, Royal introduced its first electric typewriter.
Lewis C. Myers, one of the founders of the Royal Typewriter Company, died in Freeport, New York at the age of 84.
In April 1954, the Royal Typewriter Company announced its plan to merge with McBee, a leading manufacturer of accounting and statistical machines and supplies. By July, Royal stockholders approved the plan and Royal McBee was formed.
From 1954 to 1964 sales soared from $84.7 million to over $113 million. Royal McBee was consistently listed as a Fortune 500 company.
In December 1964, Litton Industries stockholders approved the acquisition of Royal McBee. The deal became final in March 1965. Litton would change the name of Royal McBee back to Royal Typewriter and reorganize the company into five divisions: Royal Typewriter, Roytype Consumer Products, Roytype Supplies, McBee Systems, and RMB. October 1966 saw Litton announce plans to acquire the English typewriter producer, Imperial, through its Royal Typewriter division.
In January 1969, Litton Industries further cemented its hold on the typewriter market by purchasing the German typewriter manufacturer, Triumph Adler. Almost immediately, the USA government filed an anti-trust suit against Litton accusing it of creating a monopoly. The FTC ruled in March 1973 that Litton had to divest itself of Triumph Adler. Litton would appeal and, in a rare reversal, the FTC issued a ruling in April 1975 stating that Litton could keep Triumph Adler. Sales continued to climb and by 1982 sales in North America of Royal and Triumph Adler totaled over $600 million.
In April 1986, Olivetti, the Italian typewriter/computer manufacturer, announced plans to purchase Triumph Adler and Royal from Volkswagen. For nearly two decades Royal was a part of the Olivetti family.
In September 2004, Royal became a private American company again. Now known as Royal Consumer Information Products Inc., Royals product line has evolved to include registers, shredders, PDAs/electronic organizers, postal scales, weather stations, and a wide range of original and compatible/remanufactured imaging supplies supporting todays most popular printers, faxes, and copiers.
What Is Identity Theft?
What is Identity Theft?
Identity theft is a serious crime where your personal informationanything from your name, your drivers license, or Social Security Numberhas been hijacked by an imposter who intends to commit fraud in your name. With your Social Security Number, someone can easily obtain false lines of credit and rack up significant debt in your name. With a stolen identity, someone might hide behind your name in a legal matter, leaving you with a false criminal record. Identity fraud is a major problem, and it happens more often than you might think. According to the Internal Revenue Service, 2.7 million people had their identities stolen in 2014.
What is a data breach?
A data breach occurs when personal information has been used or viewed by a person without appropriate authorization. Breaches can create serious personal and financial risk for consumers and business, and therefore its important to understand how to protect yourself. Data breaches can occur for a number of reasons, including criminal activity, accidents and computer failures.
How do I protect my identity when a data breach occurs?
When it comes to major data breaches, one of the best identity protection habits you can have is to change your passwords on a regular basis. Make this a part of your monthly routine. Credit card information is seldom exposed in a data breach, but the same cannot be said for email addresses and passwords. Another simple step toward protection is to avoid using similar passwords, like password1 and password2. Mix it up.
You can contact TransUnion and the other reporting companies to take protective measures, such as placing a fraud alert message or credit freeze on your file. You should also consider contacting your financial institutions or other account holders to ensure your information is secure.
How can someone steal my identity?
Your mail often contains sensitive information, like your Social Security Number, and criminals can obtain it by going through your trash. Its important to destroy documents that include personal information before putting them in the garbage. Identity theft can also occur as the result of a lost or stolen wallet or personal items such as credit or debit cards, passports, drivers licenses, checks and/or Social Security cards, in which case you should file a report with the local police, as well as your bank and credit card companies. Other ways information can be stolen include using malware or spyware to steal information from personal computers, hacking into computer networks or databases, or acting as a trusted organization in order to obtain personal information.
Additional ways to protect yourself from identity theft include password-protecting your devices and using anti-virus software, using caution when sharing personal information or account numbers online or over the phone and by clearing all personal information off of technology devices before donating or selling them.
How do I find out if my identity has been stolen?
Getting your credit report from TransUnion is an effective way to detect identity fraud. You can review your report for signs of suspicious activity, such as accounts opened in your name that you dont recognize, or credit checks from companies with which youve never done business. This could be a sign that someone is applying for credit in your name. You can also monitor your phone calls and mail for credit card or account statements that you did not open, denials of credit you did not apply for or information on purchases you did not make.
Its better to catch them early. You cant always prevent identity theft, but you can be proactive and minimize the damage. If you dont review your credit report on a regular basis, months might go by before you find out that someone has stolen your identity. Imagine a collection agency contacting you about purchases you didnt make, or the police showing up at your door with an arrest warrant for fraud you didnt commit.
What do I do if my identity has been stolen?
If you suspect that someone has stolen your identity, there are several things you need to do.
Report the theft
Report the identity theft to the local police, the Federal Trade Commission and your State Consumer Protection Office or Attorney General. Contact the company or financial institution where the fraud occurred. Inform them that a false account has been opened in your name. For insurance fraud, contact your insurance company, and let them know that your identity has been stolen. For tax fraud, contact the IRS.
Freeze your accounts
Contact the three credit reporting agenciesTransUnion, Experian and Equifaxand place a freeze on your accounts. The freeze will block any further credit applications made in your name.
Call the bank
Report the situation to the fraud departments of all of your financial institutions (any and all banks with which you do business or have current accounts).