As a nation, we have a sort of nostalgic love for paper. Nothing quite beats the feeling of a crisp piece of paper or the smell of a new book. With all of this gushing over paper, we often lose sight of its major disadvantages like the fact that it is easily lost, stolen or damaged. For this reason, it is curious that companies still insist on storing sensitive and important information in this way.
So is there a better solution?
Of course there is!
Scanning and digitising documents offers the opportunity to store files digitally in secure document management systems. Files can be indexed and OCR software applied, to make them easy to find when needed but, to ensure that only the relevant people can view the digital documents, they can be encrypted and password protected. Imagine someone broke into your office with files stored in hard copy in filing cabinets, folders and boxes. How long do you think it would take them to steal vital information about your clients and the company itself? My bet is, not very long. They could be away with that information before your alarms have even been triggered. On the other hand, if you store your information digitally, in encrypted files with passwords to protect them, anyone who breaks in would have a difficult time trying to steal them before someone discovers them.
With the recent news about companies such as tech giant Sony being hacked with devastating consequences, many people are skeptical about digital file storage. I recently wrote an article addressing this skepticism and looking at what we can take from the hacking news but, in short, storing files digitally still is the safest way to store files, if done correctly. So don’t use easily hacked passwords and update security systems are just a few tips we are advised to follow to ensure important information isn’t stolen. If you follow them, your documents will be safe from loss, damage and theft.
Scanning services like us here at Pearl Scan can scan your documents to help you benefit from increased security. Our service can be tailored to suit the needs of each individual client with a wide choice of digital formats and delivery methods for you to choose from. We handle to entire process from collection and scanning to delivery of your digital documents and secure shredding and disposal of the originals. If you would like some more information about how we scan documents and the other benefits for you and your company, give us a call or check out our website.
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