Accelerator: Tools of the trade - Safe and sound

Security is a perennial hot topic in business, but for SMEs it can be hard to sort the wheat from the chaff, especially when it comes to protecting your digital assets. But important though IT security is, you can't ignore the dangers of plain old-fashioned breaking and entering. Here is accelerator's guide to products and services - both high and low-tech - to help you sleep more soundly at night.


These days, anyone who disposes of old bills, bank statements, returned cheques, client lists or even general commercial correspondence - anything with names and addresses on, really - without first passing it through the shredder is asking for trouble. Not only is identity theft a boom business, but your customers are also much more savvy about who has their details and what happens to them. And you never know who might be poking through your recycling. This agreeably sleek model from Fellowes is easier on the eye than most and benefits from a powerful motor that makes light work of up to 13 sheets of A4 paper at a time, as well as taking chewier mouthfuls like paperclips, credit cards and even CDs in its stride. It produces an extra-secure diamond-shaped shred, the 18-litre bin is a decent size and, best of all, a safety cut-off sensor should prevent anyone from getting their fingertips diced along with that old bad-debts list - handy for maintaining maximum productivity, we think you'll agree.

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