I was watching Inception the other day and near the beginning there’s a scene where Leonardo DiCaprio’s character is trying to steal some document and on the document is stamped, in big red letters, CONFIDENTIAL. And I just thought, that’s stupid. If I had something I wanted to keep secret, I definitely wouldn’t make the document scream, “HEY, THIS IS SOMETHING REALLY REALLY INTERESTING BUT YOU SHOULDN’T READ IT BECAUSE IT’S SUPPOSED TO BE KEPT A SECRET!!!”
If you want to actually keep something a secret, here are my suggestions.
So now you know never to label your document “secret” or “confidential,” but where do you keep it?
Safes are the worst place. If you’ve ever seen any movie, you’ll notice that’s the first place anyone looks. And guess what, they always crack the code, so locking it is pretty much useless anyway. I recommend putting it someplace where not only no one will think of to look, but also where no one wants to look.
For the record, I don’t have a magazine rack by my toilet. I think it’s gross, and it’s pretty much obsolete now anyway now that everyone has a smart phone. Don’t even pretend you’ve never played Angry Birds in the bathroom.