Service Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business


Parish Morris

Founder & President

You’re sitting on a gold mine, and it’s right in your trash can. We’re talking about those discarded documents that could lead to identity theft if they fall into the wrong hands. Don’t underestimate the power of a good paper shredder; it’s your first line of defense. Let’s delve into the world of these unsung heroes, understanding how they safeguard your personal information, and learn how you can best utilize them for optimal protection.

Understanding Identity Theft: Causes and Consequences

You’ve got to understand that identity theft isn’t just about stealing your money, it can ruin your credit history and reputation too. It’s a crime that involves the unlawful procurement and use of another person’s personal data, typically for financial gain.

In response to this growing menace, stringent Identity Theft Laws have been enacted worldwide. These laws not only provide legal repercussions for offenders but also aim to protect the rights of victims. They cover a range of violations from obtaining credit cards under someone else’s name to forging checks or documents.

However, despite these regulations, the incidences of identity theft are on the rise. This is where Victim Support Services come in handy. These organizations provide essential assistance like counseling, helping you report your case to appropriate authorities and guiding you through the recovery process.

Remember that prevention is always better than cure. Be vigilant about safeguarding personal information both online and offline; consider using paper shredders for disposing off sensitive documents safely.

The consequences of identity theft extend beyond financial losses – they include emotional stress and reputational damage as well. Therefore, understanding it thoroughly is crucial in order to effectively combat this threat.

The Importance of Document Disposal in Protecting Your Identity

It’s crucial to understand that properly disposing of documents can be a significant line of defense against those who’d steal personal information. Document storage solutions can play a vital role in keeping your sensitive data safe and secure.

– Physical document disposal:
– Shredding: If you’re not going digital, shredding is an effective way of discarding paper documents. It renders your papers unreadable and practically impossible to piece together.
– Incineration: For highly confidential documents, incineration ensures complete destruction.

– Digital document security:
– Encryption: Adding an extra layer of security by converting your data into code restricts unauthorized access.
– Password protection: Simple yet effective, it provides an initial barrier against intruders.

How Paper Shredders Work to Safeguard Your Personal Information

Let’s delve into how these machines operate to ensure your personal info doesn’t fall into the wrong hands. Shredding frequency and shredder maintenance play a vital role in this process. Paper shredders work by cutting your documents into tiny, unreadable pieces, making it almost impossible for identity thieves to piece together any meaningful information.

Shredding Frequency Shredder Maintenance
Regular shredding ensures no backlog of sensitive documents Regular cleaning prevents paper jams
Helps keep the machine in good working condition Extends the life of your shredder
Reduces chance of sensitive documents falling into wrong hands Ensures optimal performance at all times

Your shredding frequency should be high enough to prevent any build-up of potentially sensitive documents. Overloading your machine can lead to paper jams or even damage the cutting blades, which is where regular maintenance comes in handy.

Shredder maintenance involves regularly cleaning out the waste bin, oiling the cutters, and ensuring there’s no leftover paper stuck in the machine. This not only helps extend its lifespan but also guarantees peak performance every time you use it.

Remember: a well-maintained paper shredder is one of your best defenses against identity theft. So make sure you’re using it effectively and taking good care of it!

Different Types of Paper Shredders and Their Features

Switching gears now, we’re going to explore the different types of shredders and their unique features. While they all serve the same basic function, not all shredders are created equal.

– Strip-Cut Shredders:
– These are your basic shredders. They cut documents into thin strips.
– One of the Shredder Maintenance Essentials for these models is regular oiling to keep them running smoothly.

– Cross-Cut Shredders:
– A step up from strip-cut, these make confetti out of your papers.
– Regular emptying is a must with these models to avoid jams.

With each type comes a distinct set of maintenance tasks that you’ll need to follow in order to keep your machine functioning properly. But don’t forget about what happens after the shredding. Eco friendly Disposal Methods are just as important:

– Composting:
– Perfect for strip-cut shreds. Add them to your compost heap or green bin.

– Recycling:
– Suitable for both types of shreds but be sure it’s accepted by your local facility.

Tips and Best Practices in Using Paper Shredders for Identity Protection

We’re now going to delve into some handy tips and best practices for getting the most out of your shredding devices in terms of safeguarding personal information. To start, let’s discuss shredder maintenance practices. Regular cleaning is a must. Remove paper dust and shredded remnants frequently to avoid jamming issues. Lubricate your shredder as per manufacturer guidelines, ensuring it runs smoothly.

Secondly, adhere to your shredder’s sheet capacity limits. Overloading can cause wear and tear, shortening its lifespan. Remember, it’s not a race; feed papers one at a time for optimal performance.

On to shredding frequency guidelines: shred unnecessary documents containing personal info immediately rather than piling them up. A regular weekly or bi-weekly schedule works well for businesses with higher volumes of confidential data.

Lastly, consider cross-cut or micro-cut shredders for added security as they make reconstruction almost impossible. Even better if it has the ability to shred credit cards and CDs containing sensitive data.

Frequently Asked Questions

What Are Some Other Effective Ways to Protect Your Identity Apart From Using Paper Shredders?

Apart from shredding papers, you can protect your identity using credit monitoring services to track suspicious activity. Also, enhance password security by creating complex, unique passwords that can’t be easily guessed.

How Often Should I Replace My Paper Shredder to Ensure Maximum Effectiveness?

You should replace your shredder when it’s not performing optimally, typically after 5-10 years. Regular maintenance can extend its lifespan. Don’t wait for a breakdown; proactive replacement prevents possible identity theft risks.

Are There Any Specific Brands of Paper Shredders That Are Recommended for Identity Protection?

Yes, certain brands like Fellowes and AmazonBasics are highly recommended. Different shredder types play a role in identity protection and shredder maintenance tips can extend your machine’s effectiveness in safeguarding your personal information.

Are There Any Legal Implications Involved in Improper Document Disposal?

Yes, improper disposal of documents can lead to legal consequences. Laws like FACTA and HIPAA impose strict document regulations. If you’re careless, you could face fines or even jail time for non-compliance.

Can Digital Data Also Be a Source of Identity Theft and How Can I Protect Against It?

Yes, digital data can indeed be a source of identity theft. You can protect against it by using digital encryption and strong password management. These tools help secure your online information from potential threats.

Brian Huff

Operations Logistics Division

Brian works in the Operations Logistics Division but is also a secondary contact for Services. He is the primary contact for Total Recall, handheld scanners, and barcoding questions or concerns. Brian also manages daily work orders to maintain operations with our Site Operations Coordinators nationwide. Brian is retired from the United States Air Force with 21 years of service. His time in service was spent mainly managing aircraft maintenance and personnel. He has a meticulous eye for quality and is an experienced supervisor and manager. The knowledge and experience gained from his service has ensured an easy transition into the Document Security Solutions team. I plan to grow within Document Security Solutions and master my craft. I am also looking to further my education in both my professional and personal life.

Andrew Mills


Andrew is Document Security Solutions Training and Compliance Specialist. Andrew onboards and trains all new employees to the standards of DSS. If required, he submits for a background check for each particular location. He organizes and plans individual and company training to ensure that all is current on all required training and policies for DSS. He meets quarterly with all Contracting Officer Representative (COR) and Privacy Officers at each location to assist in inspections requirements and Finally, Andrew has honorably served in the U. S. Navy as a Radio Teletype Morse Code Operator and currently Serves in the U.S. Army as the Senior Intelligence Analyst for EUCOM JAC HQ as the Training and Operations Non Commissioned Officer In Charge (NCOIC) since May of 2022. Andrew has also served as the Lead Intel All Source Training NCOIC of the Army Reserve Intelligence Service Center at Fort Gillem, Ga. Andrew has a total of 32 years of service.

Randy McGinnis


Randy has 20 years of experience in the United States Air Force working as a Contracting Officer, Fiscal Budget Planner, Communication Technician, as-well-as leading diverse teams that has provided him with priceless experience in Federal Procurement Strategies that make him an indispensable member of the DSS team.Randy is Document Security Solutions Contract Specialist. Randy develops strategic plans to secure future Government contracts, establishes relationships with Government agencies, and markets our capabilities. Additionally, Randy assists the Capture Team as they source Government contracting opportunities daily establishing contract submission, awards, sources sought, and manage administration to existing contracts.

Lisa Ochoa

Executive Assistant

Lisa provides executive-level support to the Founder and the Chief Operating Officer. She provides additional support to team members to ensure that company goals and objectives are accomplished and that operations run efficiently. Lisa brings 18 years of office experience that is utilized daily by planning and orchestrating work to ensure that senior executives’ priorities are met, organizational goals are achieved, and best practices are upheld.

Latrice Franklin

Business Development Specialist

Latrice Franklin identifies new business opportunities and clients for Document Security Solutions, while developing long term relationships. She uses her craft to develop marketing and sales strategies to help grow the company’s business. Latrice is responsible for coordinating strategies with operations, marketing, and executives to propose new business ideas that can improve revenue margins.

Serene Obak

Invoice Billing Clerk

Serene is part of DSS’ Quality Assurance Team. Serene understands the work others in her division do and how it impacts her own, therefore collaborating to achieve business’ quality standards, she recognized it’s a key quality of team effort.

Serene communicates with our Vendors and Subcontractors requesting Invoices, Service Tickets, and Certificates of Destruction be submitted weekly, her process is to review for accuracy, which in turn ensures we all receive prompt payment.

Nicole Rogers

Service Manager

Nicole handles logistical coordination of all company contracts. Nicole’s prior military experience as an intelligence Analyst brings all the skill set needed to successfully maintain numerous government and local contract organizing personnel, schedules, and material.

Norris "Chuck" Thurmond

Operations Team Member

Chuck served as an Operations Specialist in the United States Navy. He developed a passion for managing, training, planning, and organizing from conducting domestic and global operations for 24 years on active duty. While transitioning to the civilian world as a member of Document Security Solutions operation team, Chuck utilizes the skills and experience gained to oversee the day-to-day scheduling of services and the movement of personnel and material for a rapidly growing company.

Robert “Bobby” Warden

Regional Site Operations Coordinator & Compliance Associate

Bobby is the first Regional Site Operation Coordinator for Document Security Solutions. He oversees the day-to-day operations of the Eastern region. His scope of work includes all things training and compliance working hand in hand with Christal in doing so. Bobby served as an Electronics Technician in the U.S. Navy. He cultivated his leadership and organizational skills by leading thousands of Sailors during his 24 years of active-duty service.

Christal Miller

Training & Compliance Manager

Christal is the Training and Compliance Manager with employees and contractors. The work encompasses handling employee training, badging, and background checks. The goal is to ensure that Document Security Solutions has the most knowledgeable, diligent, and prepared staff possible. Christal’s 22 years in the United States Navy of training and leading hundreds of sailors, is the source of her acquired knowledge and skill to work everyday with the DSS team.

Jack Mussett

Scanning Technician

Jack oversees the scanning department. He applies the best practices to the scanning production process and leverages his skills to help Document Security Solutions expand its service offerings. He brings more than twenty years of corporate experience in the application of document management systems, hybrid systems, and end-user training for the paperless world.

Alisha Carey

Contract Administrator

Alisha is Document Security Solutions inside Contract Manager. Alisha received her contract Management certification at the University of California Irvine. She is responsible for all contract submissions, awards, modifications, and contract closeouts. Additionally, she assists in the development of DSS’s procurement strategy plan for both SDVOSB set aside and GSA procurement. Since joining DSS Alisha has helped the company win 23 awards in just under 2.5 years.

Darryn DiSanto

Capture Manager

Darryn creates strategic plans to secure future government contracts. Darryn builds relationships with government agencies and markets our capabilities. Darryn also leads the Capture Team as they source government contracting opportunities daily. Darryn has 20 years of experience in the United States Air Force working in government acquisition, finance, budget, and accounting as well as leading diverse teams has provided him with keen insights and experience that make him an indispensable member of the DSS team.

Donna-Marie Morris

Chief Operating Officer

Donnamarie Morris Chief Operating Officer (COO) Design and implement business strategies, plans, and procedures, set comprehensive goals for performance and growth, and Establish policies that promote company culture and vision. Oversees our outsourced Human Resources and the daily operations of the company and the work of executives!
Donnamarie Morris oversees Compliance, and Training develops compliance processes and procedures and reviews implemented training, reviews company policies, and advises on possible risks.
Donnamarie’, goal as the Chief Operating Officer (COO) is to manage all aspects of the organization’s plans and to cultivate a culture of performance and continuous improvement.

Parish Morris

Founder & President

Parish served as an Administrative Chief and a Military Recruiter in the United States Marine Corps. He retired after serving twenty faithful and honorable years in the United States Marine Corps. As a civilian, Parish quickly realized that his military skills had prepared him to become a Veteran Entrepreneur. Parish managed to use his leadership skills, professional training, education, and the experiences he had gained from traveling around the world to open a mobile document destruction business in Murrietta, California.

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