What if you put it in the cloud and you lose it? Or it gets hacked.... or you forget your password..... or you simply forget where online you put them? I mean, are these newfangled online papers even legal?!
At this point it's easy to see why people are so afraid but there's also a beautiful dream that could be your reality.
The dream of all your paperwork, automatically organized, perhaps in files. At your fingertips. Not piled on your desk. Or rotting in your garage. Not lost in the trunk of your car.
Let's me start by saying, yes, these newfangled online papers are legal. You can even print them out and they remain the same. More and more government programs are going online which is making those pesky forms more accessible. A win for everyone!
As for hacking, while there are movies out there about personal information being hacked and shared online, these really are just movies. Do you remember the movie the Net with Sandra Bullock?
Thinking about it, she was a nobody and she was hacked! It was beyond frightening. If you watched it today, you'd laugh your butt off. None of these things could really happen, especially the part about her driver's license being erased. The DMV was NOT online to that extent then and I'm not holding my breath for now either. Oh, yeah, plus it's over a decade old. Two decades plus some actually.
I thought this movie was maybe ten years old but no. I had to wallow in feeling old and out of touch a moment. Whew.
Yes, people have been going paperless for over two decades. It's no longer a fad. It's safe. DropBox - the CEO's have their info in the cloud. Apple, Google, Microsoft, are all on the cloud. You can be too.
Honestly, you can pick and choose what to upload. Your utility bill. Your mortgage paperwork. Not your driver's license or social security card.
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