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Helping you survive Tax Time…

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Robert Siciliano: 10 Things to keep in your Big Bolts Fire-Safe

Your house isn’t going to catch on fire, right? Well, you hope not, so maybe you even fool yourself into believing it can’t happen. But I’ll bet you have fire insurance, and maybe a collapsible escape ladder, and a fire extinguisher or two. I have all this, and I also back up all my digital data in the cloud, including pictures and documents.

And I have a fire-resistant safe.

All this preparation is so that if there ever is a fire, I can reduce or eliminate any risks to lives and valuables.
Most documentation is replaceable, but certain things are not. Sometimes, when documentation is replaceable, getting duplicates can be a nightmare.

Mementos: Photos, love letters, children’s drawings, and so on. You probably have a box full of things that you like to browse through every ten years or so. Or photo albums on a shelf. If these items were incinerated, you’d be very unhappy.

Insurance papers: Home, auto, life, health, and business insurance papers should be protected.

Health related information: if you have health issues and multiple files, records, and prescriptions, they should be protected.

Financials: Documentation regarding investments, bank account numbers, stocks, bonds and coins should be protected.

Wallet: Photocopy everything in your wallet front and back and put the copy and extra credit cards and cash should be protected.

Identification: Birth certificates, passports, driver’s licenses, Social Security cards, insurance cards, and any other identifying documents should be protected.

Titles: Deeds, boat, and automobile titles should be protected.

Wills: Any and all documentation related to a will should be protected.

Jewelry: Most insurance providers require a safe in order to obtain insurance coverage.

Extras: I have an extra passport, extra credit cards, extras set of keys, extra emergency cash, and extra identification, all protected in my safe.

Robert Siciliano is a Personal and Home Security Expert for SentrySafe. See him Discussing burglar proofing your home on Fox Boston. Disclosures.

About the Author:ROBERT SICILIANO, CEO of is fiercely committed to informing, educating, and empowering Americans so they can be protected from violence and crime in the physical and virtual worlds. His “tell it like it is” style is sought after by major media outlets, executives in the C-Suite of leading corporations, meeting planners, and community leaders to get the straight talk they need to stay safe in a world in which physical and virtual crime is commonplace. Siciliano is accessible, real, professional, and ready to weigh in and comment at a moment’s notice on breaking news.

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SentrySafe partners with Tax Girl for Twitter Tax Talk

As Tax Day approaches, SentrySafe is teaming up with Tax Girl to answer those last-minute tax questions. Join us on Twitter this Wednesday, from 7-8 p.m. CST as we co-host a Twitter Tax Talk with Kelly Phillips Erb – the tax expert behind Tax Girl.

Here’s how you can join the conversation:

  • Follow @SentrySafe and @TaxGirl on Twitter
  • Use the hashtag #taxsavvy in your tweets between 7-8 p.m. on Wednesday

We will be providing tax tips and answering questions during that time. Three lucky participants will also win an official SentrySafe Tax Preparation Kit, so don’t miss out!

You can find official contest rules here.

And don’t forget to keep your taxes and other financial documents safe and organized in your favorite SentrySafe product.

Sentry Group Partners With Maxtor® Storage Solutions on Fire-Safe®/Waterproof Hard Drives

New York, N.Y. (November 13, 2007) – Sentry Group, the world leader in residential and small office security-storage containers, today announced that the company has partnered with Maxtor® Storage Solutions to develop the world’s first affordable hard drives that protect data from fire and water disasters, as well as computer crashes and theft.

Sentry Group and Maxtor made the announcement at the Consumer Electronics Show – Unveiled @ New York press preview event in New York City.

Electronic data is becoming increasingly prevalent and valuable to both the residential and business market segments. Today’s home offices, small businesses and everyday consumers often store important digital files on external hard drives, as they are the primary means for backing up information. According to measurement firm IDC, more than 495 million hard drives were sold in 2006. Unfortunately Businesses are finding that when a disaster happens— fire, flood, theft or natural disaster — they are ill prepared to protect their data from loss. After a disaster, 44 percent of companies that lose their operating data close their doors forever.

World Leader in Fire-Resistant and Security Storage

At the CES Unveiled @ NY event, Sentry Group previewed six new Data & Document Security products that specifically protect digital assets. Among the six new products are two Sentry®Safe FIRE-SAFE®/Waterproof Hard Drives containing the award winning Maxtor OneTouch® 4 Mini™ hard drive– the first mobile storage solution that contains a full suite of software protection tools, including data encryption and a bare metal system restore. In the event of a fatal crash or virus attack, Maxtor’s SafetyDrill™ software, a new bare metal system restore feature, allows for a nearly
instantaneous restoration of an entire computer system including applications and setting as well as restoration of the operating system, to ensure access to important files even in a time of crisis.

The hard drive is in a Sentry®Safe FIRE-SAFE®/Waterproof enclosure that protects data from fire and water. It is ETL verified for fire protection for 30 minutes up to 1550° F and ETL verified waterproof – meaning it is fully submersible for up to 24 hours.

“We are thrilled to partner with Maxtor digital storage, a leader in manufacturing hard drives and backup solutions, to provide consumers with affordable FIRE-SAFE®/Waterproof hard drives,” said Sondra McFarlane, director of marketing communications for Sentry Group. “As a leader in the security storage industry, Sentry Group sought to develop a new product that would help consumers connect, back-up and protect their digital information, while at the same time safeguarding their
electronic data from fire and water.

“We were able to take our knowledge — which we’ve gained from being in the security storage industry for more than 75 years — and partner with Maxtor to provide consumers with a completely brand-new concept,” McFarlane added.

“Maxtor is in the business of saving your digital life. In this digital era, much of what people value is now in a digital format, said BenHur Castro, senior director of product line management for Maxtor storage solutions. “The tie in with a company like Sentry Safe simply makes sense. We are happy to take the next step in securing and backing up your digital data by partnering with a provider that can protect
it from fire, flood and other unforeseen natural disasters.”

World Leader in Fire-Resistant and Security Storage

The new Sentry®Safe FIRE-SAFE®/Waterproof Hard Drive is available in 160GB, MSPR $319.99 and in 80GB, MSRP $259.99 on To learn more about the new line or to purchase Sentry®Safe Data & Document Security products, including the new Sentry®Safe FIRE-SAFE®/Waterproof Hard Drives, please visit

About Sentry®Safe
Founded in 1930, Sentry Group is the world leader in offering fire-resistant and security storage solutions for important documents and valuables. A global presence, Sentry Group today produces more fire-resistant chests, files, safes, security storage containers and gun safes than any other company in the world. The company’s manufacturing headquarters in Rochester, N.Y., and its factory operation
in Shanghai, China produces affordable security storage containers distributed through retailers all over the world. Sentry’s distinctive Made in the U.S.A. seal is on all American-made products. For additional information please visit

About Maxtor

Maxtor, one of the world’s leading brands of consumer storage solutions, was acquired by Seagate Technology (NYSE: STX) in May 2006. Seagate is the worldwide leader in the design, manufacture and marketing of hard disc drives, providing products for a wide-range of applications, including Enterprise, Desktop, Mobile Computing, Consumer Electronics and Branded Solutions. The company has an expansive line of storage products that are sold under both the Seagate and Maxtor brands.
Maxtor’s reputation as a proven market leader was built by consistently providing high-quality products, services and support for its customers. Maxtor branded products can be found at

Maxtor, Maxtor OneTouch, Maxtor DrivePass, Maxtor SafetyDrill and Maxtor DriveLock are either trademarks or registered trademarks of Seagate Technology LLC or one of its affiliated companies. All other trademarks or registered trademarks are the property of their respective owners. One gigabyte (GB) is equal to one billion bytes and one terabyte (TB) is equal to 1,000 gigabytes when referring to hard drive capacity. Computer operating systems may use different standards of measurement and report lower capacity. In addition, some of the listed capacity is used for formatting and other functions, and thus, will not be available for data storage.

Quantitative usage examples for various applications are for illustrative purposes. Actual quantities will vary based on various factors, including file size, file format, features and application software.