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    Paper ShredderPhoto by Joe Pitz

    Destroy Records

    Any record that you maintain can theoretically be obtained by others, either through burglary, by subpeona, or with a search warrant. The best way to be sure your records wont come into the wrong hands is to actually destroy them. If something doesn’t exist it can’t be stolen!

    There are certain legal requirements to store some types of records. For example, the IRS has recommendations for tax record retention. In addition, if you destroy records knowing that the government is trying to see them, you can be charged with Tampering with Evidence. However, it is not a crime if you destroy the same records before you are aware of any investigation.

    Make a policy of routinely destroying any paperwork or records which you do not have a specific need to maintain. This policy should apply to both paper and electronic documents.

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    2 comments
    1. Dragon303

      6 August, 2014 at 10:50 pm

      You publish an article on privacy but use the biggest privacy offender of them all in “Adsense” by Google?

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    2. Brown Jason

      4 July, 2014 at 3:38 am

      For average computer users, privacy security needs more attention. For example, personal information and data stored on computer or external hard drive should be protected so other people can’t access them even though your computer get hacked.
      Kakasoft Folder Protector is a very simple and portable file password protection program. Using it to password protect files on computer will help you decrease data leak.

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