Picture me doing client Jane Doe’s home office, and she finds a piece of paper with last four digits of her Social Security number on it.
And just like every client before her, she says to me, “Oh no, I can’t throw this away. I have to wait until this summer when there is a local shred-a-thon. I can’t risk having my identity stolen.”
I am here to say you don’t have to wait six months until the shred-a-thon.
Here’s the deal. Hackers aren’t really going to the landfill in hopes of finding ONE person’s identity to steal. Because that’s a lot of effort to find the exact info needed to drain ONE bank account.
Second, hackers are mostly in other countries and don’t know where Wake County is, let alone the Wake County landfill. Heck, I don’t know where the landfill is.
Third, I just assume the bad people already have my information because they hack into websites, where they get millions of identities with one key stroke. And they can do it from mama’s basement and never have to smell the stench of a landfill.
Even companies you trust have ALL your information.
Do you have a VIC card? I guarantee you Harris Teeter knows more about you than your spouse does.
They know you are pregnant before your spouse does because you bought the test there. They know all the over-the-counter medicines you take. They know what you are making for dinner. And they know when you have the munchies.
And that’s just your groceries. Do you have an Amazon Echo? That thing is gathering all sorts of information on you.
So let go of the idea you need to shred every little piece of paper. (Obviously, I am not talking about professions that require you to shred documents. I am just talking about your home office.)
Look, I definitely agree you should tear it up for piece of mind. Just stop telling yourself you have to wait to find the time to shred them because your identity will get stolen, which means nothing ever gets done.
It’s your ego (the nasty voice in your head) that wants to keep you in this chaos, so you don’t change and move forward. Your ego says, “No! We must wait six months to shred of all this paper!” Then six months rolls around, and suddenly your ego makes sure you have plans that don’t involve shredding your papers. So the papers pile higher, and the chaos grows.
And, yes, at the end of the day, we work with a shredding company that comes to your house and shreds on site, because, often, people have waited too long and have way too many papers for us to tear up.
That way, it’s done. And you can get on with your life.