Shred your Documents

It’s a good idea to shred any document that has your name or any other sensitive information on it. All the credit card applications that make it to my house go through the shredder before being thrown out. Simply ripping it in half is not good enough. Some credit card companies have accepted applications torn up and taped back together.

Invest in a decent machine. Cross cut shredders are far better than the cheap ones that only cut the paper into strips. It is possible to piece the long strips back together. Just ask the people from the US Embassy in Iran almost thirty years ago. I would also invest in a shredder stout enough to handle credit cards and CDs/DVDs. Office supply stores offer lubricating sheets that you run through every once in awhile to keep it in good working order.

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