This little gadget is not perfect - but it doesn't claim to be. It will not do the job on slick or glossy paper; I cannot imagine that any inker would be able to do that. That's a given and it is clearly pointed out on the product packaging.
I was interested in the Guard Stamp because I dread the process of shredding documents so much that I always end up putting the job off until I have accumulated an intimidating stack of paper. This impressed me as being a good alternative to dragging the shredder out so often and having to deal with all the mess that comes with the process of shredding a few hundred pieces of paper at a time.
After having read the product description, I figured that the Guard Stamp would be a huge time saver even if I only used it on "less sensitive" documents that are on the "right" paper, especially since much of what I receive on glossy paper is of the junk-mail-sales-pitch variety anyway and doesn't require shredding. And that's exactly what has happened. I have confidently been able to rid myself of so much paper before it makes it to the shredder pile that the shredding job, itself, is not nearly so daunting these days. I'm saving a good bit of time and effort by using the Guard Stamp and that's what it's all about for me.
I suspect that the larger version of the Guard Stamp would be more useful because of its capacity to cover a wider address space and, when the ink needs to be replaced on the Stamp I have, I will likely purchase the large stamp instead of buying new ink pads. I do wish this product was closer to100% coverage, but that is just not realistic with a product that uses ink to destroy personal data.
I am happy with the Guard Stamp and appreciate the time it saves me.
This product does more or less what it says it will - obliterates small areas of information on non-glossy paper. Unfortunately, as anti-spy equipment it wouldn't get past Q at MI5. Pros: 1. Thoroughly obliterates the area it covers. 2. Excellent on porous material Cons: 1. Covers a very small area, and even some mailing labels need double stamping. 2. The base is just a little tray that the stamp … more
The Corporation ID Guard Stamp I reviewed, in the small size worked fairly well. I used it to cover up hand-written social security numbers on old forms, typed credit card numbers on statements, and similar data -- with a single stamping. I then did everything I could think of to try to get at the data. I tried a lightbox & a bright light bulb. I tried scanning it and using computer analysis, and I tried ink transfer techniques to try to lift the ink off the paper. None of them worked -- HOWEVER … more
As other reviewers have stated, this is a good idea that falls short. Imagine how easy it is to just stamp over addresses or account numbers while sorting through your mail. The stamp area is a little small but I believe there are two different sizes. This size covers a basic address label with a set of unreadable symbols and letters. The idea is that it covers your valuable information and makes it unreadable. The problem is that the ink is not indelible. … more
For several years now, fear peddlers have been strenuously hawking all manner of products and services to prevent or ameliorate "identity theft". Much like the earlier scares about Y2K and viruses, the identity theft scare is vastly overblown. Unquestionably identify theft does occur, but if you look at the official reports the identify theft rarely goes to the level that advertises cite to hawk their wares. Most of it is simple credit card theft and much of that is simply unauthorized use of a … more
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