Even in this digital age, many individuals and business still use postal services. “Snail Mail” is also still the popular way to send and received bill and statements, as well as sending packages. But do we consider mail safety when sending or receiving these, and the imprecations of having personal information sitting in your mailbox?
Mail Safety Tips
If you have a personal mailbox at home, and send and receive from it, here are a few things you may want to consider going forward to protect yourself.
Limit your exposure
To increase your mail safety, consider limiting what you send through the postal service – where you can get bills and statements sent to you via email, and make use of online payment options for accounts.
When you are using online payment systems, also make sure you protect yourself from internet fraud and hacking by following some simple steps
- Use smart passwords – include capitals, numbers and symbols when possible
- Don’t click on strange or unknown links
- Double your authentication process such as adding a message linked to your number
- Never give out information unless you know who you are giving it to
Opt-out of receiving insurance and credit card offers to your home address as these are very easy to pick up and have all your personal details on them.
Secure Your Mail Box
If you have a mailbox at home, make sure it is kept locked if possible, and that it is visible at all times so that the activity around it can be monitored.
Also, increase your mail safety by collecting mail regularly and timeously so as to limit the amount of time it spends in your mailbox. Alternatively use a postal box rather than a private home mailbox as there is less opportunity for thieves and fraudsters to monitor your home and movements.
Use Registered Mail
If you are sending parcels or valuables, increase your mail safety by sending these with a courier or via registered mail.