Shredding for secure disposal
Research commissioned by Fellowes for last October's National Identity Fraud Prevention Month revealed that one in four residents in the UK has been touched by identity fraud compared to 17% average across Europe
Identity fraud is more rife in the UK than any other European country. A massive three quarters of the UK population has been exposed to ID fraud. And it's not just hackers and cyber criminals targeting us Brits. One in 10 people in the UK have been targeted with scams requesting paper-based information to be sent through the post, where fraudsters could use personal details to potentially commit identity fraud.
Despite these alarming facts, the research shows that people are complacent with the security of their personal details in printed documents, such as bank statements and bills, as well as their online information; with nearly half of Brits admitting to not taking basic precautions such as consistently shredding paper documents with personal information before discarding.
With a vast range of feature-rich, easy to use and in many cases inexpensive, shredders; there's really no excuse not to shred. The most commonly voiced complaints from shredder users are noise levels, paper jams, having to empty the bin frequently and to hand feed individual sheets; but all of the leading manufacturers have taken steps to address these pain points and have launched new models which are far more user-friendly.
German manufacturer HSM recently introduced a new entry-level shredder - the Securio C16 - designed for one to three users, that is quiet when in use and consumes zero power when in standby mode. This compact model is feature-rich and includes automatic start/stop and auto-reverse functions; it stops shredding in the event of a paper jam; is easy to empty, includes a level indicator and it also shreds credit cards.
Fellowes' range includes Jam Blocker technology which blocks paper jams before they start; SafeSense technology immediately stops shredding when hands touch the paper entry and SilentShred technology provides ultra-quiet operation and consistent noise quality to minimise office disruption.
According to (GfK) the Rexel Auto+ 100 which automatically shreds up to 100 (fastened) sheets at a time is the best selling business to business shredder in the UK market. Rexel has further expanded its AutoFeed range to include new models which feature its innovative auto feed shredding technology. These range from a personal machine capable of shredding up to 65 sheets, through to a departmental machine for the bulk shredding of up to 750 sheets in one load. And with Mercury technology to prevent paper jams, users can walk away from the shredder confident that confidential paperwork will be disposed of securely and efficiently.
The high capacity, high security KOBRA 310 TS-AF from Elcoman also shreds CDs/DVDs and credit cards. Key features include a touch screen panel for ease of use, energy smart power saving system, lockable cover and high security lock.
The Ideal shredder range from Duplo International has a solution for every requirement from a model that shreds a single CD down into c900 pieces; through to its Hard Disk Punch that renders a hard disk drive unreadable.
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