Bedford Ramblings
Steve Mills

Preserving your identity is not just someone else's responsibility

Posted Monday, October 12, 2009, at 9:03 AM
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  • That's one of the reasons that I go ahead and shred ALL of our junkmail, there's so much mixed in that anyone would have to sift through a ton of political trash and deals from car lots in order to get anything. Then again, we're saving this for burning anyway so they would also have to sift through the ashes of fallen limbs.

    On a side note, does anyone know what would make a good, non-toxic bonding agent for shredded paper to compress it into bricks for burning? I've looked online and haven't found anything yet.

    -- Posted by Thom on Tue, Oct 13, 2009, at 11:28 AM
  • Ok, Steve, now I have to start a new blog on what to do with the shredded paper so that I don't hijack your information security blog with my inane ramblings.

    -- Posted by Thom on Tue, Oct 13, 2009, at 12:04 PM
  • People can use your info to steal your identity from almost anything. Mine has been stolen twice. Once by a family member. And the second time was from a restaurant that I worked at, gave my SSN to someone who didn't have one so they could work there.

    So, your information can be stolen from people you know and don't know.

    -- Posted by PrpleHze on Tue, Oct 13, 2009, at 4:40 PM
  • "gave my SSN to someone who didn't have one so they could work there."

    I'm not real big on suing over just anything, but THAT certainly seems like something that I would have taken them to the cleaners over.

    -- Posted by Thom on Tue, Oct 13, 2009, at 4:54 PM
  • It took about 6 months to finally get the company to stopping using my SSN after I found out. I didn't find out until 2 years after I had quit the job. I filed a complaint with the FCC (I think or some company like that), along with the PD of Bedford and the county where the crime took place. I was told that I couldn't press criminal charges against the woman who had my SSN, because she didn't actually steal it. As for the big business, I couldn't find an attorney who would stand up to them. So, I couldn't go after them legally.

    -- Posted by PrpleHze on Tue, Oct 13, 2009, at 6:19 PM
  • I would think an attorney would see dollar signs in that, especially if the restaurant gave the number to the woman.

    -- Posted by stevemills on Tue, Oct 13, 2009, at 9:06 PM
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