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HomeSmart Offers a Low-Tech Way to Protect Your Identity

on July 21, 2011 2:50 pm

Instead of shredding all those papers with sensitive financial information, you can permanently obscure the information with the HomeSmart Black Out Security Stamper and Pen.  It looks like one of those self-inking return address stampers, but the Black Out stamper uses permanent ink that can’t be erased or washed out to stamp a jumbled pattern that can’t be read through over your name and address, account numbers and balances, social security number, and other important data.  You’ll also get a Black Out Security Pen filled with permanent ink so that names and addresses on checks can’t be altered.  The Black Out Security Stamper and Pen set is $10.99 from HomeSmart.


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    Andrew Morrow says:

    Unless there’s a reasonably powerful solvent in this, it won’t prevent the easiest of the more sophisticated attacks. That is the one where you iron the page to a piece of glassand the toner from the page adheres to the glass as it melts, giving a pretty easy view from the other side of the glass.

    Wait, I can trust all of you, right?

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    ucfgrad93 says:

    I’ll stick with my shredder, thanks.

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    Ken S says:

    Why would this be any better than a Sharpie? Stay with a shredder or hand it to a three-year old they do a more complete job of destruction…and after they’re done with it no human will want to even consider touching the paper.

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    John Kes says:

    My kids love to use our shredder.

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    Cyd says:

    This product doesn’t really work. All you have to do is tilt the paper and the information you are trying to hide shows through easily.

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    sweetgirl says:

    No, it doesn’t work at all don’t waste your money. If you look carefully you can still read everything.

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