Year 2000 Personal Protection Guide : How to protect your assets, identity and credit from the upcoming "Millennium Bug" computer crisis
||Author: J. R., Jr. Morris|
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Publisher: Sterlingmoor Publishing Company (01 September, 1998)
Sales Rank: 521,665
Average Customer Rating: 3.33 out of 5
Customer ReviewsRating: 5 out of 5
A Y2K eye-opener for everyone.
Individually we can't solve the world's Y2K problem but if everyone were to take the necessary actions for their immediate surroundings then major problems could be resolved quickly and efficiently if and when they do come up. By reading everything and anything about the Y2K problem helps the lone individual from being caught off guard. Many individuals are in a state of denial and won't know what to do even when a minute crises appears that could have been averted with minimal preparations ahead of time. This book is very informative while raising your level of conscientiousness without causing panic. It walks you through the history of the Y2K problem while giving tips on how to organize files and receipts. Included are form letters with a list of potential computer problem companies requiring them to respond to your request of what actions they are taking for the Y2K problem. Finally, concise, attainable lists of essential items in checklist form to have on hand is also comprised and included in the book. I highly recommend this book. It's written in simple terms while getting the point across. Don't leave any chip unturned.
Rating: 1 out of 5
Repetitive record-keeping recommendations
The author's main suggestion in this book is his concept of "document and proof." If you already keep your bank statements, cancelled checks, and copies of your tax returns, you don't need this book. Other suggestions include sending form letters to business and government agencies asking them what they are doing for Y2k and sending all Y2k and finacial correspondence certified mail-return receipt.
Rating: 4 out of 5
An excellent guide to protecting yourself against Y2K crisis
The true value of this book is helping you reduce the impact of the Y2K computer-based errors on your life, assets, and sanity. How? By using that old Scout motto: Be prepared.
And just what strategy is suggested to accomplish this? Be able to prove that you really do exist, have property and other assets, own a bank account, or otherwise have things. And you need to be able to re-establish whatever relationships you have with organizations, companies, schools, or govermental agencies. Documentation and proof, the author calls this.
What specific steps and procedures should you use to protect yourself:
* Set your priorities regarding your protection strategy actions for specific organizations.
* Start early and keep up with the Y2K news.
* Use certified mail and return receipt services as an integral part of document and prove.
* Retain exact copies of all correspondence you send and originals of all received correspondence.
* Maintain your information in a specific location -- file it away.
* Create a diary of your activities, making notes about what you are doing and when, including any verbal and written communications.
* Create a calendar of what should happen and when, as a tickler to keep you ahead of the problems.
* Assign a level of importance to everyone with whom you've had or will have dealings.
* Develop a specific plan of what you will do -- and communicate this with your family.
Morris then goes on to discuss specific things to do with the IRS, Social Security, governmental records, passports, identification cards, military records, memberships, employment records, banks, credit cards and debit cards, stock brokers and fund managers, mortgage companies, taxing authorities, legal records, health care, insurance companies, credit reporting agencies, schools and universities, automobiles, pets, personal computers, utilities, and more.
The author says that problems will occur due to Y2K errors. How many and to what extent? No one knows. But it's ! better to be prepared than to react.