Shred Fests Free, Open to Public. Paper and Computer Hard Drives Accepted
NEFCU Williston, VT—New England Federal Credit Union (NEFCU) will hold the second NEFCU Shred Fest™ of 2019 on Saturday, July 13th, from 9 am to 1 pm at the Credit Union’s 141 Harvest Lane branch in Williston. All NEFCU Shred Fests™ are free and open to the public, with ample free parking.
Maximum 5 boxes containing personal documents only. No business materials will be accepted. No three ring binders or general recycling, only documents containing personal or sensitive information. Items that can be recycled with documents include paperclips, staples, plastic spiral holders, rubber bands, file folders, and hanging file holders. Participants can watch on a video monitor as their documents are shredded by SecurShred, a local documents-shredding company.
Personal data is not recorded only on paper. Today, financial and private information is routinely stored on computers. Just deleting and erasing such data may not put it beyond the reach of skilled and determined identity thieves. For the July Shred Fest™, electronics recycling and hard drive destruction will again be offered. The following items only will be accepted: desktop computer towers, server computer towers, laptop computers, and hard drives. SecurShred’s “HD Hammer” will be on hand at this NEFCU Shred Fest™ to destroy hard drives, making it impossible to access data contained on them. For more information, visit nefcu.com or call 800-400-8790.
According to the Federal Trade Commission (www.consumer.ftc.gov), there are four categories of documents with sensitive information to consider:
1. Save forever
· Birth certificates
· Adoption papers
· Social Security cards
· Citizenship papers
· Marriage or divorce decrees
· Death certificates of family members
· Auto titles
· Home deeds
· Tax returns
2. Retain long-term
· Home improvement receipts—save until the home is sold
· Pay stubs, other tax-related receipts, and cancelled checks—keep seven years.
3. Keep one year
· Bank statements and medical bills (unless you have an unresolved insurance disputes.)
4. Shred immediately
· Credit card bills
· Utility bills
· Sales receipts not related to warranties, taxes, or insurance