Every time I pay a bill, or check my account balances online, I get messages from the financial institution to “Go Paperless!” They’ve tried various tactics:
- Contest opportunities and prizes
- Money, such as a one time check for $5
- Scare tactics about identity theft
- Guilt trip route- “Go green” or “Save the environment.”
I have not given in. I am still resisting the idea to go completely electronic, as I like to see proof.
In a previous post, I talked about protecting yourself against a hard drive disaster, where you lose everything stored in your computer http://wp.me/p1dmhM-xB. But what if something widespread were to happen to the banks’ electronic records? “Poof!” Everything has disappeared and you no longer have a bank account and you cannot prove it.
I am not against electronic records. I do check my accounts balances off the internet and like to pay bills online. And I know it is a pain to deal with filing all that paper. Then you have to shred the statements after a year. But even with all the conveniences, I like to know that I have a paper backup.
Has everyone else gone paperless but me?