Of course you’ll want to make sure that your private information is indeed private inside the confines of your own home, but how do you make that a reality? There are steps you can take to make sure that you’re private info is indeed private and that you never fall victim to common mistakes before it’s too late.
Keep A Safe Deposit Box: Certain things belong under fire-resistant lock and key. Social security cards, passports, marriage certificates, birth certificates, deeds, wills, and other personal financial documents belong in a safe deposit box.
Lock Up At A Bank: You may even wish to keep your important home documents outside of your home. Try keeping your things in a lock box at a bank.
Keep Your Electronic Documents in a Secure Place Online: What most of us do these days is keep all our things online. If you’re keeping home information online, make sure that the website you’re keeping your electronic information on is secure.
Thumb Drive: Keeping your desktop documents, files, and other information that can be downloaded on a thumb drive is a really good way to keep your home information safe.
Don’t Use Public Computers: If you’re keeping desktop items in a secure place make sure that they don’t get distributed to a random computer. That is, even if you have your info on a thumb drive if you take this information to a public computer at work or school and leave the info on the desktop, you’re leaving yourself totally exposed.
Remain Spry With Passwords: Keep your passwords up to date, different for different accounts, and change them often. At least two times a year. You can just flip the same passwords to different accounts but writing them down is a smart idea; just keep them somewhere innocuous, drop random characters, and keep them with only things that you’d know what it meant.
Don’t Tell Kids Things They Shouldn’t Know: Kid’s say the darndest things and they will spill any information you program into them at the worst times. Best to keep things on a “need-to-know” basis with your kids.
Unpublished Phone Number/Secret Email: Unpublished phone numbers is so 2003. But keeping your private email only inside your close circle of folks you deal with is going to become an even more popular thing. Especially if you have a separate and exclusive work email.
Destroy Anything Dangerous and Unnecessary: If you’ve got old titles, paperwork with personal info, or old, old (more than 7 years old) tax returns you should destroy them. Start a bonfire in your backyard or hit the shredder at work.
Have Your Kids Memorize “Safe” People: One last thing for your kids, make sure that they always remember who is a “safe” person to tell private info to. Police, firemen, teachers, or relatives who live nearby are all a good place to start. You always want to be sure that your home is safe but even more important is the safety of the contents inside that home.