Secure Your ID Day: Free Shredding Event

April 14, 2011

Your Better Business Bureau along with Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations and Shredders is hosting a Secure Your ID Day on Saturday April 16th from 10am to 2pm at the Access Nova Scotia Centre in Bayers Lake Business Park. Consumers are encouraged to attend the event and take a key step in identity protection by shredding and properly disposing of their sensitive paper documents. Staff from BBB and Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations will also be on-site to provide expert advice and tips for identity theft protection.

“Properly destroying documents that carry information you don’t want getting into the hands of crooks is an important first step to fighting identity theft, but it doesn’t end there,” said Don MacKinnon, President and CEO of the BBB of the Maritimes.

Last year alone, the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre estimated that Canadians lost over
$9,000,000 to identity theft. Considering that it is estimated that only 5% of victims ever report this type of crime, the actual numbers would be staggering.

Event Details

When: Saturday, April 16, from 10am to 2pm.

Where: Access Nova Scotia Centre, 300 Horseshoe Lake Drive, Bayers Lake Business Park in Halifax.

What: Bring up to three boxes or bags of documents to be shredded free.

“Identity theft is largely a crime of access,” added MacKinnon. “The goal is to make the information less accessible and empower people to be their own first line of defense against identity theft.” Along with shredding personal documents there are other things that consumers can do to protect themselves against identity theft.

  • Install firewalls, anti-virus, anti-spyware and security software on your computer and keep it up to date.
  • Be creative with the passwords that you use, don’t use anything obvious like your street name, middle name, nickname, etc.
  • Carry only the identification that you need. Put other identification such as Social Insurance Number, birth certificate and passport in a safe place.
  • Pay attention to you billing cycle. If your bills don’t arrive at the regular time then contact the company right away.
  • Never give out personal or financial information over an email or telephone to any unknown party.
  • If shopping online, make sure that the website is secure. That there is a closed padlock and the web address includes https not just http.
  • Always take the time to look over your monthly bills to insure there are no unauthorized charges on it.
  • Never click on email links from an unfamiliar source.