To prevent identity theft, I highly recommend a shredder for every household and small business. What to shred? Credit card applications, canceled and voided checks, medical and legal papers (if no longer needed), expired charge cards, anything with an account or credit card number on it, and certainly anything containing your signature or social security number. You don't want any of your pertinent information landing in the wrong hands. So shred, shred, shred! Not sure whether or not to shred? Shred anyway... it's always better to be safe than sorry. (Exception to the rule: Birth/Marriage/Divorce/Death Certificates)
For a complete list of what to shred visit www.fightidentitytheft.com.
Want to shred, but don't want to have to store a big and bulky paper shredder in your home or office? After all, they're not the prettiest things to look at. Have you seen the smaller versions, yet? They now make them small enough to sit right on top of your desk, if you want. This M5 Mailmate Shredder by Staples is only 11" x 12" x 9" and has a 1.62 gallon bin for holding shredded paper, credit cards, and even CDs & DVDs. What I like best about this is that, due to it's small size, it can easily be stored anywhere that's convenient for shredding. "Convenient" is the keyword here! (you'll be more likely to do it).
Are you a shredder?