Protect you and your business from identity theft

April 15, 2011

Have you been looking for an opportunity to destroy documents and computer hard drives containing sensitive information in a secure manner? Shred Day 2011 on Saturday, April 16, will give Huntsville individuals and businesses alike that very opportunity.

Held at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center and Calhoun Community College’s Decatur campus, this free event, hosted by Secure Destruction Services, will allow participants to destroy all paper documents and hard drives onsite in a drive-through arrangement, according to The Huntsville Times.

According to the article:

The shredding event at Calhoun Community College will be from 8:30-11 a.m. Document destruction at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center will be from 1-3:30 p.m.

Staples and paper clips do not have to be removed from documents in order to be shredded, but hard drives must be removed from computers.

For more information, contact the North Alabama Better Business Bureau at 256-533-1640 or 1-800-239-1642.

So what are some other ways that you can avoid identity theft? offers a few tips:

Keep financial information close to the vest. Unless you’re buying something, companies won’t ask you for your credit card or bank account number.

Keep your social security number private. Don’t hand it out to anyone unless you know who it is and exactly why they need it. If your state department of motor vehicles uses it as your driver’s license number, ask if you get an alternate number.

Be on the lookout for imposters. Identity thieves will often pose as representatives from companies you do business with, claiming they need to verify personal information. Don’t respond — call the company directly to make sure the call or email is legitimately from them.

Keep your mail safe. It sounds like common sense, but if you’re going to be out of town, have your mail held or ask a relative to collect it daily. Often your mail includes account numbers and other personal information that can be tempting for identity thieves.

For more tips, check out the rest of the list here.

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