Simple Steps to Protect Your Identity #IDSafetySeason

This post was created in partnership with Fellowes. All opinions are my own.

After the holidays we are always left with piles of bills and receipts from all the December madness. It’s a new year and many people are working on getting better organized, cleaning out desks drawers and closets. It also happens to be tax season, so the amount of paperwork and receipts is further amplified. If you’re like me, you feel like you are swimming in paper work right now.

Identity thieves are sneaky, stealing credit card payments and other outgoing mail from private, curbside mailboxes. They even dig through garbage cans or communal dumpsters in search of anything from cancelled checks, credit card and bank statements, and preapproved credit card, mortgage and insurance offers.

Protect Your Identity with a Few Simple Steps

Take steps to opt out of all unsolicited credit card offers.

Switch to online banking and bill payment options, and suppress the paper copy of your bank statement and bills.

Destroy all offers for credit, and any documents which contain your personal information.

Shred old credit cards, as well as document which contain personal information. It’s critical that you stay safe this year by using a shredder to properly dispose of bills and protect your identity.

Simple Steps to Protect Your Identity with Fellowes 73Ci Shredder #IDSafetySeason

Fellowes Powershred 73Ci Shredder

The stylish 73Ci is features a sleek design and several advanced technologies such as:

⁃100% Jam Proof System that eliminates paper jams and powers through tough jobs
⁃SafeSense® Technology which automatically stops shredding when hands touch the paper opening
⁃A proprietary Energy Savings System that maximizes shredder energy savings 100% of the time – both in use and out of use
⁃Capacitive touch screen controls
⁃Heavy-duty Cross-Cut blades that destroy 12 sheets of paper into 397 particles per sheet, making it extremely difficult to reassemble
⁃The 73Ci is available at office superstores and their online counterparts for a suggested retail price of $199.99.

Thanks to the Fellowes Powershred 73Ci Shredder, I am starting the new year feeling a lot safer.

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  1. Those are great tips and, with so many issues popping up with accounts being compromised, they are quite timely. We have this shredder as well and love it!

  2. I need to be more careful about protecting my identity. I’ve been thinking about getting a shredding and the Fellowes brand seems really good. I like the SafeSense technology.

  3. It makes me sick thinking of those horrible people who steal others’ identities. I cannot imagine not having a shredder to help protect my family.

  4. I need to purge and shred my old files to make room for new ones. I try to shred as much as possible, because identity theft is no joke!

  5. I need one of these. I am awful about my personal papers and I am trying to rebuild my credit.

  6. it seems like DAILY we hear about more security issues- online and offline. we have to protect ourselves as much as we can

  7. The stories of Identity theft are so scary. I tear everything up before I throw it away but I really should get a shredder.

  8. I so need to get a shreder! We keep all our old docs so that we don’t have to worry but they are piling up and we need to get rid of them.

  9. We have this shredder and LOVE IT!!!

  10. Tracie Trump says:

    Thanks for all the great tips! I definitely need to be more aware of protecting my identity!

  11. I shred everything. It is safe and fun!

  12. Shredders are great ideas to protect your identity!

  13. Jo-Ann Brightman says:

    These are great tips and since my old shredder broke I shall have to look into this one by Fellowes when choosing a new one.

  14. We really need one of these in our home to shred up so many papers that have our account numbers on them!

  15. We have the crappiest little shredder.
    It will handle 2 maybe 3 pieces of paper at a time.
    We need a new one for sure!
    The frustrating part is shredded paper can’t be recycled (strange right)
    So we shred ours and use it for fire starter :)

  16. I have been shredding my mail for 10 years. One can never be too careful.

  17. These are great tips. I know several people who have been the victim of identity theft and it has made me much more cautious.

  18. I have a small one. So important to protect yourself!

  19. I am really good at tearing things up but this looks like a much better solution

  20. saminder gumer says:

    i try to shred all my documents just to be on the safe side. these are some great tips to help protect your identity and they should be taken seriously these days.

  21. Good points. I need a new shredder, my old one kicked the bucket (so to speak).

  22. Amy Desrosiers says:

    I have this same exact shredder and love it! It works so good, and has never jammed once!

  23. Having a shredder is really important. I absolutely hate when companies send things in the mail. I try to sign up for electronic mail at every chance I get. Thanks for sharing!

  24. I really need to invest in a shredder. I normally just rip up my mail but there’s probably a lot on there that can still be read.

  25. I pretty much shred everything that has my name or anything relating to me on it. I’m a shredding nut!

  26. katherine says:

    My dad used to love his shredder so much! It’s a much needed thing now!

  27. I hadn’t even thought of using a shredder to dispose of personal information, thanks for the tip!

  28. Looks like an awesome shredder. We don’t shred enough of our personal papers.

  29. I’ve always wanted a shredder, I’ve never shredded my papers.

  30. Shredding documents is very important. I have a stack that I need to go through right now.

  31. I think shredding documents is one of the best ways to prevent identity theft. This looks like an awesome shredder.

  32. Valerie Guerrero says:

    these are great tips to know they can come real handy especially with all identity thefts that are going on in this world

  33. We’ve got a shredder too!

  34. We burn everything in the barrel here but before we moved back to the country, shredding was the only way to go for us. Fellowes is a great brand, our mini lasted 6 years for me.

  35. I have been wanting a new shredder… that one looks perfect! I have been trying to find the info on how to opt out of credit card offers and haven’t had any luck yet

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