Document Shredding: What Documents You Should Keep

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Document shredding is a process of destroying paper documents with a paper shredder. As you can guess from its name, a paper shredder is a tool that cuts papers into strips. People, companies and of course governments usually have urge to destroy their paperwork and to save their privacy in that way. If you are worried about privacy and you possess documents that are too sensitive to keep, you can consider document shredding.

For instance, all kind of documents that contain personal information such as bank and credit card details, social security numbers, ATM receipts and other bills, airline tickets, expired visas and passport or credit cards, can be shredded.

What Documents You Should Keep


Unfortunately, there are some types of documents you need to keep for the lifetime. When it comes to these documents, you can forget about document shredding. Such documents are: birth certificates, social security and ID cards, passports, marriage or business licenses, pension documents, mortgage and loan documents, powers of attorney, wills and death certificates. It is highly certain that you will need at least one or two of these documents in a lifetime, and unless you keep them, you will need to wait in the government offices to request a replacement.

For all other documents you can apply document shredding process. But, if you want to save the data of soon-to-be shredded paper, you can keep the document in the electronic form and secure it with a password. PDF creation tools such as PDF Converter Elite can be used to create a password-protected PDF.


How to Digitize Your Documents

To secure a digital form of your document before you turn to document shredding, you just need to follow these steps:


  1. Scan a paper with a scanner
  2. Save the scanned document on a computer
  3. Create a secure PDF from that document


Once you have created a secure PDF you can get rid of its paper alternative. In this way, you will have a safe place on your computer where all your sensitive data will be locked, and maybe one day you will need it. Documents that fall into this category and that can be digitized are bank statements, tax documents, home purchase or sale documents, medical bills and warranty receipts.

As for decisions you need to make, whether to keep the document or to shred it, just ask yourself- how long will it take to get a replacement for that document you want to shred? If it will be time consuming to get a new version of the document, but you are sure you don’t need original paper version, you can choose to digitalize it. In case you have a document that is always required in its original form, then it’s better to keep its physical copy.



Microsoft Paint Alternatives

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Microsoft Paint has existed for 32 years and recently it was rumored that it will be killed in the next Windows update. Windows denied those rumors and it turned out MS Paint will still be available but moved to Windows store. There won’t be new versions for sure, at least not in the near future. Since existence of MS Paint was put in question, it is better you get familiar with its alternatives.

Here is a list of free MS Paint alternatives:

Gimp is an open source software that can be used on Windows, Linux, Mac (10.6 and newer) and it other less known operating systems. It supports different file formats such as tiff, jpeg, gif, png, psd, bpm and others. Gimp is perfect solution for photo retouching, cloning objects, enhancing the quality of the photo.

Photoscape is an easy tool for photo editing and enhancing. The tool can remove red eyes, crop, filter or add objects or text, resize the photo or adjust colors. It even has a possibility to merge multiple photos in one or to create an animated gif from multiple photos. What is interesting, the tool has an option to find a similar face online, by using the existing photo.

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MyPaint doesn’t look so attractive when you visit their website, but the tool itself is functional. It works on both Linux and Windows. The tool has three main settings categories, painting tools, brushes and the paint mode which you can change. For the start you can choose what kind of painting tool you want to use, such as ellipses and circles, connected lines, inking or freehand. Then you choose the brush and the paint mode

Krita is another tool that you can use for editing images. It has a very easy interface and you can even customize the side working panels, by choosing the features you use the most. Krita has a brush stabilizer that is especially convenient for users with shaky hands. It also has pop-up palette which makes choosing colors and brushes very easy.

Pinta makes your painting even easier- it has over 35 available adjustments and effects that will make your images look just the way you need. Pinta works in a way it offers multiple layers in order to group elements of the image for easier editing.

These are some of the most used Paint alternatives, have you tried any? Shoot in the comments what is your favourite painting tool and for what purpose do you use it.