Battle Identity Theft with Fellowes #IDSafetySeason

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

Shortly before the holidays, I was asked by Fellowes to review their 73Ci shredder. This could not have been more timely: since our spending habits increase significantly during November and December, we are more at risk for identity theft during the holiday season. In fact, we had a little scare in early December after our trip to Disney for my birthday. A few days after we got back, our bank blocked my husband’s debit card thinking it was compromised because of all the activity from our visit to Orlando. Around the same time, news outlets were buzzing with information from Target accounts being compromised (we practically live in Target!) and we started to get worried that we were at risk for identity theft. Thankfully, we were not victims of identity theft, but in this age of technology everyone is vulnerable.

While there’s no sure-fire way to avoid identity theft, there are a few ways to decrease the odds that it will happen to you. Look out for suspicious activity: check your credit report at least annually, more often is possible. There are several sites that provide this service once annually for free, more often for a fee. Credit card companies also provide periodic credit checks and fraud alerts for a small fee.
A great way to battle identity theft from home is to shred, shred, shred! Shred old bills, receipts, anything with your name and any other identifying information on it. Fellowes has several models that will fit your needs. Check out the great infographic below.

Here are some facts about the 73Ci Shredder:

The stylish 73Ci is great for gadget lovers because it 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.

I’ve been using our new shredder here and there during the last couple of weeks, but we’ll really be putting it to the test during the next few days: we’ll be doing our taxes by the end of the week, and we’re organizing our office area in preparation for a get-together next weekend. I’ll let you know how it handles the job, but I’m almost certain it will win the battle against our pile of old bills and receipts.

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