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. It CAN be erased with an alcohol wipe or a lens cleaner OR with a simple pencil eraser. And it comes off easily! Not with a lot of hard work, not with a a big loss to the information underneath but fairly quickly and without a struggle.
Because of this, I think this stamp offers very little security. It is probably better than just putting your mail in the garbage since it requires someone to take an additional step but for important documents with personal ID information, shredding or burning is the only fail safe way to go. Perhaps having the stamp on a paper might give that document even more importance and would cause someone to pick it out of a pile.
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
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
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 … more