Honolulu (October 1, 2012) - You can't open a newspaperor a browser without reading about some data spill that has put consumers'personal information at risk. Over the past three years, more than 220 millionprivate records have been lost or stolen.
Hawaii’s BBB invites the Oahu community to BBB Secure Your ID Day on Saturday, Oct. 20, 2012 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at three locations on the island.
Individuals and small businesses are encouraged to take a key step in identity protection by shredding and properly disposing of sensitive paper documents,CDs, disks, hard drives, and unused cell phones. BBB staff will also be on-site to provide expert advice and tips for identity theft protection.
“Identity theft is a major issue in this country,” said Dwight Kealoha, CEO of Hawaii’s Better Business Bureau, “Although you cannot guarantee that you will never be a victim of id theft, you can minimize your risk by managing your personal information wisely, cautiously and with an awareness of the issue.”
Hawaii’s BBB Secure Your ID Locations:
· McKinley High School: 1039 South King Street. Honolulu, HI 96814 (entrance off of Pensacola street)
· Aina Haina Elementary School: 801 West Hind Drive. Honolulu, HI 96821
· Access Information Management Oahu Destruction Center: 98-736 Moanalua Loop. Aiea, HI 96701
Bring up to three boxes of documents, CDs and floppy disks to be shredded and take home the tips and resources you need to help protect your identity. Paper documents should be removed from binders, but staples and paper clips can be shredded. Volunteers from Hawaii’s BBB and First Hawaiian Bank will be on-sit to provide advice and tips for identity theft protection.
The cell phones collected will be refurbished and donated to victims of domestic violence through Verizon's Hope Line.Verizon Wireless will remove all user content from the phones turned in, but consumers are encouraged to remove their own data prior to disposal. In addition, we will be accepting old laptops, CPUs, and servers for secure hard drive destruction for FREE
Hawaii’s BBB Secure Your ID Day is held in conjunction with National Protect Your Identity Week and sponsored by BBB Foundation of Hawaii, Access Information Management, and Pacific Corporate Solutions.
Established in 1945, Hawaii’s Better Business Bureau® (BBB) is the local authority on trust in the marketplace. BBB is an unbiased, nonprofit organization that sets and upholds high standards for fair and honest business behavior. Only businesses and charities that meet and adhere to BBB standards can receive BBB accreditation. Hawaii’s BBB provides objective advice, free business and charity reports, and educational resources on topics affecting marketplace trust. BBB also offers fair and timely dispute resolution programs for consumers and businesses. BBB resources are available online at www.bbb.org.