Link Love: Security Week Follow-Up

If you’ve been reading the blog for awhile, you’ll know that my house was broken into last October. Hoping to learn from my own mistakes and keep you, my fine readers, from making the same mistakes, I hosted a Safety Week. Well, clearly, I didn’t go far enough because on Friday, we were broken into again. This time, they only took the TV and the Wii but this is one more brush with loss that convinces me that WE MUST BE VIGILANT! So, let’s start off with a few links to some good advice to keep your home, office and digital world safe.

How to lock down your iPhone, iPod Touch or iPhone  The easiest thing to lose, break or misplace is a device small enough to fit in your pocket so this is the first thing that should be secured. Lifehacker also has a whole slew of other tips for keeping you data and your life more secure in their Security sub-section. (via Lifehacker)

Simple tips to prevent a break-in (from This Old House via The Well-Appointed Desk)

Make a Personal Property Inventory List While this may not sound like the most fun way to spend an evening, building an inventory list of all your major household items and valuables including serial numbers will help you when filing claims with the police or an insurance company after a break-in or natural disaster. I would recommend making a digital list and storing it in the cloud somewhere. I would also print out a copy and store it with your manuals, etc. Save receipts as well. The cop who took my call recommended taping or stapling the receipts inside the manual. (via

Make a digital back-up plan I’ll have more information about this from my IT/Mac Specialist brother-in-law in the coming week but this article is a good place to start. (from Macworld)

Removing personal data from the internet One way to protect yourself is to cancel unused internet accounts and remove data from the internet to help lessen the damage if your laptop or identity is hacked. This is similar to cleaning up your credit report by removing unused or cancelled credit cards. If you’re making plans to protect the sanctity of your home, office and computers, making sure your personal identity and credit is protected is the next logical step. (via How To Vanish and MSN Money)

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  1. Sorry to hear about that, but glad ya’ll are Okay!
    These are really good tips, btw. I’m not looking forward to making a list of all the books in our house, but you’re right that it’s important.

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