Monday, February 25, 2013

Protect Your Identity

When I was first married, Robert told me to use his shredder to shred anything with any kind of personal information on it.  I regularly fill up and dispose of several bags of shredded paper each year.

I have recently been wondering should I bother with shredding the address labels from magazines and other pieces of advertising that I get.  I did a search and came up with these helpful articles:

Learn What to Shred

Secure Paper Shredding to Prevent Identity Theft

How to Shred Documents and Stop Identity Theft

8 Things You Should Shred Right Now

One surprising thing I learned is that it is perfectly legal for people to dig through your garbage.  The short answer to my question is this:  If in doubt, shred it!

One tip to help with cleanup is to keep an appropriately-sized trash bag in the shredder can.  You can keep empty trashbags under the one being used so that you always have another one hand to replace the one being disposed.

Another tip is to go to to remove yourself from mailing lists.

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  1. Shredded documents are perfect for adding to a chicken house. I did this before we moved, I took all of my family's shredded paper they would shred and I used it for the chickens. I helped in saving a little money every month.

    1. That's a great idea!

      No one would want to piece together shredded paper used by chickens, right? LOL!

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