Six Easy Steps to Help Customers Stay Organized and Secure



    STAPLES Business Depot makes tax time easy and clutter free

    TORONTO, Feb. 25 /CNW/ - While electronic filing tax returns can save
time and money, it is still important to keep a hard copy of all tax
documents. To help make tax time easy and hassle free, STAPLES Business Depot
offers six easy tips on how to stay organized and secure.
    "Increasingly we are becoming a paperless society, we have all grown
comfortable storing and sending data electronically," said Greg Switzer,
Director of Loss Prevention with STAPLES Business Depot. "It is crucial to
keep a hard copy of all tax records in a secure location, as well as using an
external hard drive for backing up data files."
    STAPLES Business Depot is offering six easy steps to help clear clutter
and provide simple security measures, to make April 15, as well as the rest of
the year, much less taxing.

    Step No. 1 - SHRED IT

    A shredder is one of the easiest ways to protect against identity theft.
It is a vital investment to safeguard any home or business, especially during
the tax season. With the right machine, tax filers can turn confidential
papers into unreadable scraps. The Staples(R) MailMate(TM) M3 Junk Mail
Shredder and Staples(R) 10-Sheet Microcut Shredder shred small or large
amounts of confidential tax information.

    Step No. 2 - PROTECT IT

    There are at least 10,000 known computer viruses and more security
threats being developed every day. Investing in Internet security software is
the best defence against the expanding list of online threats such as hackers,
viruses, spyware and Internet phishing scams. STAPLES Business Depot experts
say that when filing taxes electronically, it is essential that security
software be installed on the computer. STAPLES Business Depot recommends
Norton 360(TM) or Norton Internet Security(TM) Software to help protect
computers, assets and identities.

    Step No. 3 - FILE IT

    According to the Canada Revenue Agency, 95 per cent of Canadians are
eligible to use EFILE. With the exception of a small percentage of Canadians,
any firm, organization or individual can register to file their taxes through
any tax prep software, available at STAPLES Business Depot, which offer
features that make it easy to EFILE.

    Step No. 4 - STORE IT

    Businesses lose more than $12 billion annually due to data loss. In the
event of a computer crash, valuable tax documents could be lost. STAPLES
Business Depot experts recommend that taxpayers invest in an external storage
device to protect vital digital tax information. External hard drives,
portable drives or USB flash drives to store tax data (depending on the size
of the files) are recommended by STAPLES Business Depot experts. Some USB
flash drives won't even leave a trace on your computer. Suggested models
include the Maxtor(R) 500GB OneTouch(TM) 4, the Maxtor(R) 160GB OneTouch(TM) 4
Mini Hard Drive or the SanDisk(R) 4GB Contour(R) USB Flash Drive (online
only).

    Step No. 5 - PLAY IT SAFE

    From locking-file cabinets to surge protectors to battery backup, keep
computer systems and confidential information well protected. Invest in
security envelopes such as No. 10 Self-Sealing Security-Tint Envelopes to keep
tax materials confidential. STAPLES Business experts also recommend
safes/filing boxes such as Sentry(R)Safe Fire-Safe(R) Data Storage Security
File to protect tax papers from fire or theft.

    Step No. 6 - KEEP IT TOGETHER

    Keeping organized is especially important during the tax season when
confidential papers are essential for tax filing. Adding office décor that
makes the workspace more pleasant will make customers more likely to keep
organized. M by Staples file folders and expandable files keep organization
intact with a variety of tools in rich, classic, timeless designs and patterns
with hounds tooth, striped and plaid patterns.

    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 300 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. For store hours, locations
and to obtain more information, visit www.staples.ca.

    About Staples

    Staples, Inc. invented the office superstore concept in 1986 and today is
the world's largest office products company. With 74,000 talented associates,
the company is committed to making it easy to buy a wide range of office
products, including supplies, technology, furniture, and business services.
With 2006 sales of $18.2 billion, Staples serves consumers and businesses
ranging from home-based businesses to Fortune 500 companies in 22 countries
throughout North and South America, Europe and Asia. Headquartered outside of
Boston, Staples operates more than 2,000 office superstores and also serves
its customers through mail order catalog, e-commerce and contract businesses.
More information is available at www.staples.com.





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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