1. Save all the original CDs and DVDs in a binder made to hold discs. This minimizes space to a single binder for all original software. 2. Cut out all of the UPC codes on boxes and manuals and store them in a folder. This proves purchase and ownership. 3. Save all original purchase receipts with the UPC codes. 4. Any holograms or authentication seals, cut out or rip the page off the book and store in the same folder. This proves licensing. 5. Finally, any location that has serial numbers, cut out and store as well. (Note many new systems have the OS and MS Office serial numbers directly on the PC in the form of stickers.)This allows you to toss all books, manuals, and trash that accompanies each purchase and prove ownership and licensing if needed. These may sound trivial but how many times have you hunted for software keys and licenses for a reinstall? Simple organization will go along way and allow to keep your system up to date.
Morey J. Haber, Chief Security Officer, BeyondTrust
Morey J. Haber is the Chief Security Officer at BeyondTrust. He has more than 25 years of IT industry experience and has authored four books: Privileged Attack Vectors, Asset Attack Vectors, Identity Attack Vectors, and Cloud Attack Vectors. He is a founding member of the industry group Transparency in Cyber, and in 2020 was elected to the Identity Defined Security Alliance (IDSA) Executive Advisory Board. Morey currently oversees BeyondTrust security and governance for corporate and cloud based solutions and regularly consults for global periodicals and media. He originally joined BeyondTrust in 2012 as a part of the eEye Digital Security acquisition where he served as a Product Owner and Solutions Engineer since 2004. Prior to eEye, he was Beta Development Manager for Computer Associates, Inc. He began his career as Reliability and Maintainability Engineer for a government contractor building flight and training simulators. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from the State University of New York at Stony Brook.