Online security is a huge issue these days, and new hacking issues and identity theft cases always seem to be in the news. Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices takes extra steps to keep all your information secure with our HomeSAFE program, which you can learn more about here, but there's something you should be doing to keep yourself safe — shred outdated, important documents!
Credit Card and Bank Statements
These should always be shredded as soon as they're paid. You might feel like you need to file them away to keep, but almost every bank offers online statements, so there's no need. On the other side, you should never simply toss these in the trash.
It's a good idea to file these away and hold on to them for a year or so in case of disputes, but after that they should be shredded.
Old Credit and Debit Cards
These should always be shredded rather than thrown away. Even cutting these in half isn't secure enough.
Used Airline Tickets and Boarding Passes
These generally contain your full name and address and should always be shredded.
Bottom line, anything with your full name, address, social security number, bank information or other identifying information should always be shredded rather than thrown away. It's better to be safe than sorry!
Attend our FREE Shredding Event!
If you have a stash of old documents and other things that need to be shredded, stop by our West Des Moines office for a free, secure shredding event. A licensed shredding company will have trucks in the parking lot, and we'll have coffee and donuts to enjoy inside! Contact your First Realty agent with quesitons.
Where: Saturday, Feb. 3; 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
When: 5500 Westown Pkwy, Suite 100, West Des Moines