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Old 02-10-2010
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Hello all,

Putting on my MSIA (Master of Science in Information Assurance) hat for a moment.

I considered posting this a while ago and thought about it again. So, here it is.

How do you protect and or recover your PII if it’s lost or stolen? This can be a major PIA and costly too.

Some of you may be doing this or something like it already, but, I suspect many are not.

Here is a suggestion: Scan the contents of your wallet including:

• Credit cards;
• Licenses;
• Medical information;
• Insurance
• and any other pertinent stuff.

Scan both sides. This is easily done on a flat bed scanner on two pages (for most of us).

Scan the front of all cards (scan 1).
Scan the back (scan 2).

Now print two copies of each of the two pages. Put one in the safe on the coach, and leave one at home.

To go further, you can scan to a digital file and store the two files on a password protected device such as a flash drive (I have been testing a ScanDisk U3 Smart Drive.

This device is inexpensive (4 GB < $20) and easy to use. It is available in different capacities up to 64gb! So far I am very happy with it.

http://kb.sandisk.com/app/answers/de...on/r_id/101834 )

You may also want to store this information on a password protected smart phone because this is something you usually have on your person. What are the chances of loosing the wallet and the smart phone and the flash drive at the same time?

Disclaimer: This is my personal suggestion based on what I understand and do for myself. However, there is no guarantee this is fail safe. But, to me it’s safe enough and better than doing nothing.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Persona...le_information

Remember, the digital security is only as strong as the password. Therefore, the use of strong password is highly recommended!

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Password_strength

http://strongpasswordgenerator.com/

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Thanks Bill,

I think we all need to do a better job on this safe guard.
We have it all in various places, wallets, purse, home, Bird, file cabinets, safe,
I need to get better organized, I am sometimes the avoider/procrastinator
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Just added this to my post above and posting it here too for emphasis.

Remember, the digital security is only as strong as the password. Therefore, the use of "strong" password is highly recommended!

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Password_strength

http://strongpasswordgenerator.com/

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I scan patient's insurance cards every single day. I find that keeping the front and back of a single card side by side makes it very easy to "read" the card. I'm currently using an HP multifunction printer/scanner/fax. I put the face of the cards down along the edge of the copying surface (so they end up on the left side of the page) and copy them once. I then insert the copied page while flipping the cards to the backside (across from where they were on the glass) and copy them again. This sounds MUCH more difficult than it really is. I've now got the front and the back of a card side by side on a single sheet. I leave space between each card so I can add notes from my call to the insurance company, so I get 3 cards per sheet. Without the note taking area, I expect you could get 5 cards per sheet. So one sheet and you've got the front and back of 5 different cards.

The flash drive is a great idea. Small and simple to use. Almost fool proof!
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Old 02-20-2010
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Bill. I hardly ever send my credit card info online, unless I have to. If I find something I want to buy, I call them and give it to them over the phone If I can. I have indenity theft protection on my credit cards, but I don't want to go through some of the things I have seen, read etc.
I have a brand new laptop, that I bought a few years ago, for a back up incase this one went down. I have never used it.
If I only use that for paying bills, and nothing else, does that better my chances of being safe?
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Jim,

I'm with you. I don't use my credit card number for online purchases either. My Bank of America card offers a service they call "shopsafe". What it does is allow me to create a one-time credit card number, with a particular credit limit ($35.00 for example), and a particular expiration date (1 month for example). This is what I do for all my online purchases. Each purchase has it's own shopsafe credit card number.
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why not just use a secure shopping site
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Stephen,

Definitely a secure https 128bit encrypted site is a requirement. Shopsafe guards against retailers who log client's credit card numbers. It also offers some protection against keyboard logging software, and perhaps an additional bit of protection in the wireless world (computer to wireless access point sniffing). It's not perfect, but nothing is.
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we have one and we don't
no wireless either
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Good for you. There should be a law against logging credit card numbers.
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