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Your Shredder Might Need Tougher Teeth

                K.L. Security has made its customers aware that paper shredders should be considered security items, not just a piece of office equipment. Another aspect of that is to understand that many models of paper shredders can be used for more than just disposing of paperwork. Sensitive information is no longer just on paper products; companies often use CDs and DVDs to store everything from client names and credit cards to bank account numbers. DVDs and CDs cannot just be tossed in the trash; even if you have erased them, scratched them up or smashed them. Smart and determined thieves can often retrieve data from disc that only has cosmetic damage.

Compare paper shredder brands

                There is a security question that you should ask yourself; should my company or home office stick with a paper-only shredder or do we need a model that thoroughly destroy CDs and DVDs and other forms of multimedia as well? Here is a list of pros and cons of each type of shredder.

Shredding Speed: paper-only shredders will go through documents faster; shredders that focus on or have the multimedia option will go slower; electronic media is tougher then paper. Warning! There is a danger to trying to shred discs/plastics in a paper-only shredder. You could be hit with a wave of potentially sharp bits of former credit cards and computer discs as well as damage the cutting cylinders of your current shredder. Before you shred any plastic or media, check to make sure your shredder is rated to shred it!

Bag Changes: Shredders that destroy DVDs/CDs often require a separate bag or bin for the chopped-up plastic and metal bits. There is a reason for that; it is more environmentally responsible; electronics often go to separate disposal areas for recycling.

Maintenance: paper-only shredders require various levels of maintenance depending which style of cutting head they use; mostly different levels of oiling. Since shredders that can destroy plastic have tougher cutting heads; they need more maintenance and controlled use. Regularly scheduled oiling is a necessary element.

Security: in this area you need to decide which type of shredder you need. If you think that your primary concern should the destruction of multimedia then go with a dedicated model that can provide the heavier cutters needed. If your company or office is paper-oriented then go with a cross-cut paper shredder. There are many crosscut shredders that also support multimedia shredding. It’s best to consult with an expert first!

Price and warranty: Price is often an important factor but don’t overlook warranties. Top-shelf manufacturers will have the cutting heads on their shredders covered from ten years to life. Product quality goes a long way with the return on your investment and the warranty is a reflection of that quality.

Here is a list of companies that manufacture both paper and multimedia shredders.

SEM

Dahle (Dahle shredders can universally shred documents, many are rated for staples, while many of their CleanTEC models can shred DVDs/CDs.)

Intimus

HSM

Kobra

Destroyit

MBM

Formax

Clary

Martin Yale Industries

Olympia

Aurora

Doing a job right requires the right piece of equipment. Tossing your paperwork and multimedia into the garbage without properly destroying it is too much of an identity theft risk.  Shredders aren’t only for paper anymore. There are models that can destroy computer discs, DVDs, CDs, prescription pill bottles, credit cards and hard drive parts. One final piece of advice, many brand name manufacturers offer combo models that can switch between multimedia and paper modes. Be certain to ask the right questions and learn how each of these models shreds the different materials as well as learn the most you can regarding  ratings and warranties for the cutting heads.

 

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Dahle CleanTEC EvenFlow Lubricator | Regularly Sheduled Oiling Commence

The new line of Dahle CleanTEC paper and media shredders are the most advanced shredders ever manufactured.  The CleanTEC namesake is derived from the new air and dust filtration system which removes 98% of the fine dust that is created from paper, cd-rom or dvd material, reducing Indoor Air Pollution and improving air quality.  In addition to the dust filtering system the new CleanTEC document shredders are at the pinnacle of the shredding food chain.

Let’s take a look at the new EvenFlow Lubricator feature.  As with many of you, when we hear EvenFlow, we think of Pearl Jam.  A new Dahle CleanTEC shredder, just like Pearl Jam, is a well oiled machine.  Gone are the days where your shredder fails because everyone in your office expects that the next or last guy oiled the shredder.  With the transition to cross cut shredding machines, the need to keep your shredder oiled on a regular basis is an absolute must.  Failure to oil the machine regularly, with the proper amount of oil, and you will find yourself in a constant cycle of purchasing new shredders.

When do you oil your shredder?  How much oil?  And, who is in charge of oiling the shredder?

In the past, all of these questions had to be answered in order to keep your shredder running properly.

Now, just follow these simple steps!

  1. Open the front door of the shredder, and on the left hand side, slide out the oil reservoir
  2. Open the yellow oil cap
  3. Fill with a complete bottle of oil
  4. Call Toll Free 866-867-0306 to order more oil, waste bags, and the CleanTEC Air Filter
  5. Remember to keep a close eye on the oil indicator light, located next to the power button.  When the light comes on, repeat this process!

 
7 Reasons Why Paper Shredder Equipment Leasing Make Sense
Save Money with Lease Terms

Leasing may be best for you.

Are you worried about the costs involved with purchasing a brand new paper shredder or other office equipment? Leasing may be the answer to your problems. It’s cost effective, easy to set up, and a great way to get the equipment you need right now!

Here at DahleShredder.com we offer a number of flexible lease agreements on paper shredders that our customers love. Here’s why.

1. Cash flow – Cash is king, right? Well, when you lease your office equipment from us, there are no big financial outlays or large loan deposits to worry about. That means you have more money for advertising, hiring staff, paying utilities and other running costs.

2. Future proof – Many businesses are stuck with outdated equipment that no longer meets the demands of their business. If you sign an office equipment leasing agreement with DahleShredder.com, it is easier and more cost effective to upgrade to a newer model. Simply let us know what your requirements are and we will arrange for the latest and greatest paper shredders to find a home in your office.

3. Value for Money – Leasing office equipment is also a great way to ensure that you get the most for your money. Although you may not be able to afford to buy the shredder of your dreams outright, the chances are much higher that you can afford to lease it. This makes your money go further and can reduce your monthly operating costs.

4. Tax deductible – Using leased office equipment can help with your tax returns at the end of the year, because the equipment you lease qualifies as an operating expense, and can therefore be deducted from your company’s tax return.

5. Easy to obtain – It can often be easier for a business to get a lease agreement, than it is to get a loan for new equipment. Approval times are shorter, and it won’t affect any existing lines of credit you have with your bank.

6. Get what you need now – Entrepreneurs love the immediacy of office equipment leasing. It gives you instant access to assets that you might not otherwise be able to afford. It will also maximize the profits and productivity of your business when you need it most.

7. Flexible financing – When you lease a paper shredder from us, you can set your monthly payments at a level your business can afford. You can also include the option to buy the equipment at the end of the lease, or select a stepped payment plan that starts with low payments that gradually increases over the life of the lease.

Do you still think buying new makes sense? If so, you may be in the minority. The Equipment Leasing Association of America estimates that as much as 80% of U.S. businesses lease some or all of their office equipment. So, to start saving, contact our customer service department to see what we can do for you.

 
Shredding Bank Statements | A Guide to Security Levels for your Paper Shredder

Shredding Your Bank Statements

Many businesses have internal systems and processes for shredding confidential and private information such as bank statements. While there is no definitive guide, standard or requirement for shredding personal documents such as banking statements, we have outlined a few helpful guidelines and best business practices to assist you in mitigating security risk and improving internal security over sensitive documents.

Cross Cut- Choose a shredder that cross cuts the paper documents makes them more difficult to read or reassemble. Yes, perhaps that might sound like document reassembly is the stuff that spy movies are made of, but there is a piece of mind that comes with knowing that documents have been properly destroyed.

Create a Shredding Process and System – Create a well defined system for destroying confidential bank documents or personal bank statements. This will ensure you mitigate the most risk and reduce your chances of identity theft.

Three Reasons to Shred (paper, not the slopes or half pipe)

1. Protect Your Company from Identity Theft and Fraud - shredding banking or financial documents is more than just a method to reduce paper volume in the office, shredding documents at the source helps protect from identity theft. According to research in 2006, there were 67,000 victims of identity theft. It is very difficult and nearly impossible for would be thieves to steal bank documents that they can’t read!

2. Improve Trust and Integrity – By keeping business materials confidential you build a better relationship with your clients confidential and important information. By paper bank statements or financial documents with bank bank information such as credit card numbers your customers know that you value their information and want to ensure that there is no chance of a security risk.

3. Help the Environment - Recycling paper is a primary concern for all businesses today and now it’s easier than every to recycle!

If your business entity is regulated by the Federal Government or has a requirement under HIPAA, Gramm- Leach Bliley, SOX or FACTA there may be other preferred or regulated procedures for document destruction that must be followed. Please consult your facilities security manager or boss.

If you are going to be shredding credit applications you can read more in the “How To” section of our blog.

 
How to destroy classified information

Classifications for document shredders are handled by the NSA. The official list of Approved shredders can be found on the NSA/CSS 02-01 Approved List. We at K.L. Security pride ourselves on carrying the best products available, which in this case is the Dahle line of shredders. With a shred size of 1mm x 4.7mm Dahle shredders provide the
security level you need when destroying all levels of Classified Information. As a trusted provider, our team will be sure to match your needs with the most suitable option available.

Call us today Toll Free at 866-867-0306 to speak with a US Government product specialist today! Or email Travis at teaster@klsecurity.com for same day answers to your secure document destruction questions.