SentrySafe Fire Safes
A majority of our most valuable identity documents (passports, birth and death certificates, wills, trusts, deeds, brokerage information, passwords, health records, etc.) are exposed to identity theft (and natural disasters, such as fire and floods) as they sit in unlocked filing cabinets, banking boxes in the basement, office drawers or out in the open, on our desks. I spend an entire chapter in Privacy Means Profit talking about which documents to lock up, which to destroy and which to stop at the source. To complicate matters, the problem of data theft goes beyond paper documents to digital media. More than ever we need to be concerned with the physical protection of hard drives, cell phones, thumb drives, CDs and DVDs with sensitive personal or business data on them.
The answer is to purchase a fire-resistant (and possibly flood resistant) safe that will allow for the protection of your physical identity assets. These safes come in all sizes and shapes. Some are meant for the home and some are meant for businesses.
Think of it this way. Your identity is probably worth something close to $300,000 (even if your credit is poor), not to mention the value of the data (customer records, employee information, intellectual capital) you house in your business. Spending a few hundred dollars to lock up the keys to your identity is absolutely a no-brainer.
Here are several of the recommendations I cover in the book:
- Able to withstand 1500° F for 30 minutes
- Lockable by key or combination
- Heavy enough to discourage theft or be secured to the ground
- Preferably waterproof (where there’s fire, there’s water)