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Best Shredding Service San Diego – Happy Customer

Posted on 15 August 2011 by Total Secure Shredding

A happy customer sent this to me the other day via email. He came down to our facility to drop off some documents for shredding and apparently he was happy with the service :-)

As you know, on occasion I come across someone or some business that provides good service and is worth telling others about. I am just as quick to spread the word on crappy service so it seems only fair and I usually send out more of the good ones.

As we prepare for moving we have been going through a lot of document boxes, sifting through the tons of paper that are stored up and separating the “must keep” (like a car certificate of title from a car my dad owned in the 1941) from the “we’ve kept this long enough let’s get rid of it” (like account statements from an account now closed for 15 years).

We have a small shredder at home we use for the day-to-day stuff but this moving process generated six trash bags filled with documents and one with CDs. Obviously, sitting at our little shredder getting rid of this stuff for identity and security purposes would be a painfully long process. We went to Total Secure Shredding near the sports arena. I dropped off all the bags and off they went into the shredder. They price stuff by the “paper box” units. I eyeballed the bags to probably five boxes. They said I was wrong. Well, they didn’t say it they just charged me for the four boxes they estimated.  It cost me $15.84 to shred stuff that would have taken me a week at home.

They have a variety of price structures depending on the type of shredding you want (strip cut or cross-cut for the truly paranoid) and on the quantity. They offer mobile service if you don’t want to drop off, and even do office service where they drop off containers and pick them up on a monthly or whatever basis. They even shred computer hard drives!

So, if you need some shredding and the quantity is more than your little table top shredder can handle this is definitely a good place. Fast, cheap, and reliable. If you are a first-time customer you can get an on-line discount coupon by registering on their non-information sharing web site (they won’t sell your email to Wal-Mart). Ah yes,  the place is run by a veteran.

- Nate from San Diego

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Secure Drop-Off Shredding – Is it Really Secure?

Posted on 29 September 2010 by Total Secure Shredding

It seems the latest and greatest fad in “Secure” Paper Shredding is to drop your documents off at postal packaging place.

I see this all over the web where Shredding Companies are advertising hundreds of drop-off shredding locations all over the city where you can leave your sensitive documents for shredding.

At one time I thought that this might be a good idea…

… Until I started to call around.

A few years ago I thought it would be a great idea to have a drop-off location in East San Diego County.

My goal was to find a small locally own postal packaging store or a small stationary store.

After a few minutes of searching on the Internet I found what I thought was the perfect candidate.

I called and upon speaking to a very nice lady I explained that I was a San Diego Shredding company looking to partner up with a local East County store, such as theirs, where customers could come and drop off documents to be shredded at a later time by one of our secure shredding trucks.

I went on to say that their postal store would merely act as temporary custodian of the documents, charge the customers a set price, and then we would come by and shred the document for a certain price – of course, for less than what the customer was charged.

She seemed to think that this could be a good idea and I thought, “Wonderful, this might actually be a great idea to better service customers and make some extra sales!”

I then asked this question, “Do you have a secure location in your facility to store these documents in-between our shredding service visits?”

She responded very matter-of-fact, “I guess we could keep them out back next to the dumpster.”

“Humm” I said, “Let me think about that and I’ll get back to you.”

I quickly said “Thank you” and hung up the phone.

This was a very quick and easy test that most folks don’t really get the security aspects of sensitive document disposal.

It’s not that they’re bad people or people out to commit fraud.

Not at all…

They just haven’t put any time and effort into thinking about these sorts of things.

And that is really the heart of the matter.

Does the place you’re taking your documents to really understand and appreciate the sensitivity of your documents?

I don’t want to imply that all these postal places are not taking care of your sensitive documents.

But I can pretty much guarantee they are not putting all the necessary precautions in place to prevent a security breach of your documents.

How do I know?

Well, Total Secure Shredding has customers who own these postal places and we show up on occasion to service the containers they have.

I myself have actually performed the service on occasion.

The only thing I can confirm about security is that once we take control, my policies and procedures kick into effect and things are secure once we take custody of the documents.

But before that point, I think there’s much left to be desired.

With regard to the National Association for Information Destruction (NAID), it’s not really a big issue since there’s no claim that these postal stores are NAID Certified.

If you look closely, no one is claiming that these are secure facilities. You’re basically on your own in determining if you are leaving your documents at a trustworthy enough location.

I for one, refuse to list any of these locations (some who are in fact my customers) on my website.

Because, no matter what fine print I put on the website as a disclaimer, I’m implicitly endorsing and vouching for the security of your documents at that facility.

And quite frankly, there’s no way in hell I can do that unless they meet the strict guidelines I’ve but in place at my own facility – No matter what increase in revenue I could potentially see.

The liability to the Total Secure Shredding brand is just too great.

One “small” data breach could bring untold damages – Either in terms of real dollars or bad P.R.

So, all in all, please be careful where you drop-off your sensitive documents.

In the name of convenience, you may be sacrificing a lot in terms of security.

Until next time…

Keep Totally Secure,


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