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Shredded bliss: 5 steps to choosing the perfect paper shredder

Protect yourself from identity theft by shredding daily

By Michael Berg

Modern criminals may be stealing personal information electronically through sophisticated online data mining tools, but small-time crooks sorting through food wrappers and dirty diapers in the quest for discarded paperwork ‘still lurk.

In fact, not shredding potentially sensitive documents before you dispose of them is almost like begging to become one of the Federal Trade Commission’s estimated 9 million victims of identity theft in the United States every year. And with adequate shredders available for as low as $50, there’s almost no excuse — every household should have one.

John Sileo can attest to this firsthand. The identity protection expert and professional speaker had his identity stolen twice, and in one of those instances, a shredder could have made all the difference. “Shortly after buying a house, I put some mortgage documents out in the trash, and didn’t think twice about it,” he says. Later “a woman used my identity to buy herself a home. Eventually, she declared bankruptcy as me.”

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John Sileo became one of America’s leading Social Networking Speakers & sought after Identity Theft Experts after he lost his business and more than $300,000 to identity theft and data breach. His clients include the Department of Defense, Pfizer and the FDIC. To learn more about having him speak at your next meeting or conference, contact him by email or on 800.258.8076.

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  1. Daniel P. Ray
    Daniel P. Ray says:

    Thanks for helping our reporter, and for the shoutout via this blog item. I’m the editor in chief at, and I thought Michael did a fine job with the story, and you helped lend it a realism of the worst that could happen … and unfortunately, as you know, more than once!

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