Are Your Files Safe or Too Available?
I have a feeling that there are very few of us who think our important documents are completely safe in our file drawer at home. Many of us use a safety deposit box or home safe for the originals; but we still have copies stuffed into drawers, or folders; maybe even into a notebook.
I recently learned about a Company that I want to share with you. I know…. you’ll say, ‘but it’s electronic; it involves the Internet.’ Well, I encourage you to check it out anyway. See for yourself. In fact, I recently joined as a “family” member so that I can safely and easily file our own documents. And the beauty of it? The files are accessible at any time and I can decide who gets access to what. How’s that for security? It looks pretty easy, and I’m anxious to get started. But first, let’s get down to it.
I’d like you to meet SafelyFiled a company they describe as being “different from other Internet companies, mainly because they don’t use their skills to dazzle us with their brilliance or amuse us with quirky icons or animations, but rather to make it easier for us to make our lives more organized and productive.”
Obviously this is great for any of us, but is of particular importance for those of us who are caregivers (for aging parents, spouse or other elders). All of us need a trusted “holding” place for copies of important documents such as health directive, power of Attorney, will/trust, marriage certificate, military discharge papers, medical records, tax documents and more.
Maybe you’ve never thought about storing documents online, or maybe you have utilized an on-line service (e.g., DropBox) for work or for other reasons such as storing personal photos. Maybe you have security concerns? Well, I encourage you to give the following information some thought (Excerpted from: ‘Meet SafelyFiled, a Different Kind of Web Company’):
“We think “peace of mind” is cool. You might say we have a more mature approach to our business. We pay attention to those little details that matter to you — an adult taking care of important family documents. And we’re 100% dedicated to the service we provide our members. We’re a team of seasoned professionals. We have invested a lot of time designing SafelyFiled to be both intuitive and easy on the eyes — especially for those of us who have to squint to read most other websites.
Double-deadbolt security is a must. We also pay attention to the news, so we fully appreciate your concerns about security. Those concerns are well founded. That’s why we made security our top priority — literally. For many websites, security is an afterthought that is only really dealt with after a problem pops up. Not us. The first person we brought on board is a computer security expert who lectures at the University of Illinois in Champaign – Urbana. Her name is Dr. Susan Hinrichs. She designed and tested our security protocols first and then built the rest of the SafelyFiled around the security.
Just remember we’re here to help you make your life more organized and more productive. We hope that as you get your documents uploaded and share them with your family, that you get that calm feeling that tells you that you’ve got at least one part of your life under control. We simply want you to feel great about having your affairs in order!”
NOTES from the SafelyFiled website:
- We are a secure filing and organizational system for very important, sensitive, legal and personal files.
- Access paperwork that your loved ones or legal representatives might need if something happens to you.
- To be honest, files sitting on your computer aren’t always as safe as you might think. Bad sectors on a hard drive can damage the file or Malware and Trojan viruses could infiltrate your files and even transmit them to a ‘bad guy’ without your knowing it.
- By logging in, you activate the security and all your files are then transmitted encrypted and stored encrypted.
- SafelyFiled is also an organizational system, which makes it extremely easy to find something very quickly.
“It’s not hard to make decisions, when you know what your values are.”