October 18, 2015

Security Tip: Stamp your information out as an alternative to shredding

Shredding Identity Theft

Ask anybody that knows me: I am a bit on the paranoid side when it comes to preventing identity theft and keeping my anonymity in general. I’ll make sure that anything that has my name (or address or  phone number or etc) is shredded. This means a lot of mail.. both expected mail and junk mail (I ESPECIALLY hate those credit card offers) need to be taken care of. This may be a little overboard but you can never be too safe in this day and age. You can also ask anybody that knows me and they will also know that I am a bit on the lazy side.. which does not make for a good combination. The piles of mail waiting to be shredded start forming a paper landscape of envelope hills.

Security Tip Stamp Your Information Clean Mt Saint Junk Mail
(Yep.. that sounds about right)

It was a hopeless situation: the more mail came in, the more that I was lazy in shredding.. until I saw a great little stamp at the store. You use it like a regular stamp but the difference is that instead of marking your stamp of approval, you obfuscate the lettering. It marks the paper with a bunch of characters which makes reading the underlying text difficult.

Security Tip Stamp Your Information Clean Stamp Package

While this sounds like a great idea, caution should be used when using this. For one thing, you have to make sure the surface absorbs the ink, so don’t stamp those taped over UPS labels.. and another thing, make sure it dries or it may smudge off before the surface can absorb it. Of course, it only works if the user is thorough enough to cover all the information. Instruction booklet makes it quite clear that they are not liable for any damages done through the use of the product.

Security Tip Stamp Your Information Clear Stamp Example
(Yes.. I also bought Aviator sunglasses, but I think you are missing the point)

I use this now as my main way of making sure my info isn’t flying around in the public. Of course, it may not be 100% foolproof but it satisfies my paranoia. My thought is that if anybody is determined enough to try to decipher through the stamp would be the same type of person to tape the shredder pieces together. Most identity thieves (or just thieves in general) are opportunists. If it’s too hard or takes too much time, they would probably move on to the next target.

Bottom line, using the stamp to prevent identity thieves from viewing your info is a time saving idea. Whether it be upstairs, downstairs, in the garage, or on the run, this is a good item to have around to discourage prying eyes.

 

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