Monday, April 12, 2010
PRIVACY 101: Never receive mail at your home address.
This is not only the first step on the route to privacy, it is one of the easiest. Also one of the most economical so if you haven’t already done so, start today.
The problem with a PO Box is that the USPS will not accept shipments from FedEx or UPS. Therefore, check the Yellow Pages under MAILBOXES. Look for a small Commercial Mail Receiving Agency (CMRA) if possible. If not, as a last resort, rent a box at a UPS Store. (I don’t like them because they keep all names in a national database, but it’s still better than getting mail and UPS or FedEx packages at your home address.)
Once this is done, put in a temporary forwarding address with the post office. (This will keep the USPS from selling your new address to junk-mailers.) At the end of this temporary period, cancel the service.
If possible, remove your mailbox. Otherwise, put a notice on or in it that this box is NOT IN SERVICE.
In the future: Never give out your home address again. (Obvious exceptions: friends who come to visit you, and the company that insures your home.)