It's Never too Late to Protect Yourself



    STAPLES Business Depot offers five Easy ways to protect against identity
    theft, file loss and viruses

    TORONTO, Jan. 17 /CNW/ - Bringing in the New Year with STAPLES Business
Depot, Canada's largest office supply retailer, means providing helpful advice
on how to start the new year off right by offering five New Year's resolutions
to protecting yourself, your identity, computer and files.
    "New Year's resolutions are usually tied to fitness, dieting and money
management," says Pete Gibel, Vice President of Merchandising at STAPLES
Business Depot. "But things like protecting yourself from identity theft and
your computer from hackers and other threats should also be top of mind."

    STAPLES Business Depot offers the following five resolutions:

    Resolution No. 1: Protect Your Identity

    One of the best ways to protect your identity is by shredding documents
with personal and financial information. Shredders are a necessity in every
household and office.
    The STAPLES MailMate M3 shredder devours junk mail and shreds up to
12 full-size sheets of paper. It can even shred stapled sheets of papers, CDs
and DVDs without any trouble.
    Another great option is the D12 shredder equipped for enhanced security
with its diamond cut shredding. This whisper quiet shredder has the capacity
to shred 12 sheets of paper at a time. Shredders are a great way to eliminate
any documents or mail that has your name, address or any other personal
information that could be used to steal your identity if it ended up in the
wrong hands.

    Resolution No. 2: Protect Your PC against Virus Threats

    Norton 360 delivers all-in-one security. It is easy to use and provides
automatic and transparent protection from viruses and spyware, fraudulent
websites, phishing scams, hackers, identity theft, and more. With a renewable
subscription, up to three PCs are continuously protected. The program also
offers a transaction security feature that provides online shopping and
banking confidence. And for enhanced performance, a smart background scheduler
automatically schedules key Norton 360 functions such as scans, backups and
tune-ups.
    Dangerous and annoying spyware can infect your system in many different
ways when on the Internet.
    Webroot Spy Sweeper provides protection by offering powerful smart
shields with real-time protection by blocking known and emerging spyware
threats as you browse - before they ever reach your computer and personal
information. If a PC is already infected, Webroot Spy Sweeper's advanced
discovery methods locate and completely destroy malicious spyware that can
hide within the PC.

    Resolution No. 3: Back up Computer Data

    Everyday people are subject to losing files and information. Computer
equipment failures, accidental deletion or lost files is a reality. STAPLES
Business Depot offers a wide range of options to help back up data and provide
peace of mind. Easy Tech Force can save information to any media of one's
choice including DVDs, CDs, USB keys and external hard drives. STAPLES
Business Depot and the Easy Tech Force take great care to ensure your
information is carefully and securely saved. STAPLES Business Depot makes data
backup affordable with rates starting at $80.00 for one full DVD of
information. That's the equivalent of approximately 2,000 high resolution
pictures! For people on the go, Easy Tech Force can also save information to a
portable device such as a USB key or external hard drive for the same great
price.

    Resolution No. 4: Protect Yourself against Cheque Washing

    Most people do not even consider the chance of their identity being
stolen by cheque washing; but unfortunately it happens.
    The Uni-ball 207 pen helps defend against cheque washing by locking down
ink so your identity remains safe. The 207 is an identify force field with
pigmented gel ink that helps prevent cheque washing, with a comfortable
textured grip and fade- and water-resistant, acid-free, ink. It is available
in medium 0.7mm and micro 0.5mm and three ink colours: black, blue, and red.

    Resolution No. 5: Security Storage

    There are a number of reasons why every home and office should have some
form of security storage or safe. Every three seconds someone's identity is
stolen and 50 per cent of identity thefts were committed by people that
personally knew the victim. SentrySafe is the world leader in residential and
small office security storage, providing unsurpassed protection from fire and
water damage and theft. The Fire-Safe Electronic Safe offers an advanced LCD
electronic lock system allowing for up to seven users. This safe also offers a
$50,000(US) fire protection guarantee and can be bolted to the floor. It holds
standard and A-4 size papers, folders and binders for storage of personal,
private and legal documents; and has a multi-position drawer and tray, key
rack and compartment for storage of small items.

    STAPLES Business Depot makes protecting yourself and your PC easy by
offering a wide selection of products.

    About STAPLES Business Depot

    Founded in Toronto in 1991, The Business Depot Ltd. is Canada's largest
supplier of office supplies, business machines, office furniture and business
services for the small business and home office customer. The company is an
everyday low price retailer. The chain operates stores in all provinces across
Canada under the banners STAPLES (R) Business Depot(TM) and BUREAU EN
GROS(TM). The company has over 13,500 employees serving customers through more
than 290 office superstores, catalogue, and e-commerce. STAPLES (R) Business
Depot(TM)/BUREAU EN GROS(TM) is committed to making shopping easy by offering
customers three ways to shop - online, by catalogue and in-store. More
information is available at www.staples.ca.

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For further information:

For further information: Alessandra Saccal, Public Relations Manager,
(905) 737-1147 ext. 2363, alessandra.saccal@staples.ca; Lesley Kisil
Ciciretto, Public Relations Specialist, (905) 737-1147 ext. 2424,
lesley.ciciretto@staples.ca


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