Weird facts about shredding that few people realise!
- Did you know that the first paper shredder was invented by Mr Abbot Augustus Low from New York in 1909 – “to offer a more compact way of disposing of waste paper”. In 1935, a German engineer named Adolf Ehinger created another shredding machine and he did so in a hurry…..its purpose was to shred hundreds of volumes of anti-Nazi propaganda before Hitler’s secret police found it.
- Did you know that cross cut shredders became the norm after 1979? This happened after Iranian revolutionaries stormed the American embassy and seized loads of shredded paper. Because the shredders only cut one way, the revolutionaries were able to stick together the thin strips of paper to access stacks (literally) of confidential information.
- Did you know that it is not illegal for someone to go through your rubbish? What’s more, anything they find in there is fair game – including your personal details?
- Did you know that only 10% of identity theft cases happen through online exchanges? The majority of identity theft is via paper means.
- Did you know that businesses need to safely dispose of your paper documents and that this is a legal obligation?
- Did you know that shredding 1 tonne of paper saves, on average 17 trees and prevents air and water pollution?
- Did you know that Taclus Confidential are here to help you help your business and to keep the identities of your customers or patients SAFE?