Wonder if what you're shredding is enough?

Here is a list of Fellowes' Top 10 Documents you should be shredding

at home and in the office:

  1. Monthly Credit Card Statements — You might be tempted to simply throw these in the trash, but to keep your identity secure, they must be shredded.
  2. Employment Paystubs - If you receive pay stubs on a weekly basis or otherwise, you should keep them until you receive your annual wage and tax statement. But be sure to shred them afterwards, as they contain important personal information.
  3. Personal Income Tax Reports — You should hold onto these (in a safe place) for 5 years. However, after 5 years, it is important that they be shredded. Tax reports are a goldmine for identity thieves.
  4. Monthly Utility Bills — This includes anything from hydro bills to cable bills. They include personal information about you and the company that cannot be left lying around.
  5. Spam Mail — Any document you receive by regular mail, including sign-up forms for a new credit card, a magazine subscription, or any other document that contains your personal information, such as your name, home address, phone number, etc.
  6. Federal, Provincial or Municipal Government Documents — Examples of this would be your health card, driver’s licence or passport renewal notices, or even a confirmation letter of your children’s school registration for the new school year.
  7. Express Mail Documents — Generally invoices or a confirmation of delivery that accompany a letter or package that was delivered to you by UPS, FedEx, or Canada Post Express. Even the labels on delivery boxes or envelopes need to be shredded since they contain pieces of personal information.
  8. Membership Notices — If you are a member of any organization, such as a tennis club, fitness club, library, etc., be sure to shred all membership renewal notices and documents accompanying the delivery of membership cards, credit cards, store cards, etc.
  9. Banking Documents — This includes bank account statements, used bank account booklets, old unused checks, etc.
  10. Miscellaneous Documents — Any other documents you receive or possess that contain usernames and passwords. This can include anything from password reset notices, welcome mail, etc.

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