As you tackle projects to clean your home or office or get better organized, remember to stay safe. Here are some ways people can increase security while cleaning and organizing.
- Shred documents. It’s not enough to clean out your file cabinet and tidy your desk. Make a pile of documents with sensitive information and shred them.
- Destroy old credit cards, bank cards, ID cards, drivers license.
- Don’t throw old license plates in the garbage. It’s not illegal to dispose of them, but it is illegal for anyone to put them on another vehicle. Putting old plates in the garbage increases the chances of this happening. Turn them into the DMV for recycling.
- Change your passwords on your computer and various accounts on a regular basis, don’t use the same password for everything, don’t write it down on paper next to your computer, and choose a very difficult to hack password.
- Delete information from computers, phones, and other digital devices before recycling them.
- Consider a lock box or safety deposit box for important documents like Abstracts, Titles, Passports, Wills, etc.
- Take a key inventory. Who has keys to your home? Is it time to change the locks? Do you ask for keys back after loaning them to house guests? Be careful labeling kids’ keys with your home address. It’s nice to keep them organized, but in case they lose track of their keys, you don’t want an address attached to them.
- Store your ladder inside the garage or shed, not alongside the house. There’s no reason to give any wrong-doer’s ideas or simple access to second floor windows.
- Don’t forget that while your house may be locked, if your vehicles aren’t, access can be gained by pushing the automatic garage door opener.
- Destroy labels on prescription bottles before throwing them out. Quite a bit of information is printed on these custom labels.
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