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 Technology Officer and Chief Information Security Officer at BeyondTrust
Morey J. Haber is Chief Technology Officer and Chief Information Security Officer at BeyondTrust. He has more than 25 years of IT industry experience and has authored four Apress books: Privileged Attack Vectors (2 Editions), Asset Attack Vectors, and Identity Attack Vectors. In 2018, Bomgar acquired BeyondTrust and retained the BeyondTrust name. He originally joined BeyondTrust in 2012 as a part of the eEye Digital Security acquisition. Morey currently oversees BeyondTrust strategy for privileged access management and remote access solutions. In 2004, he joined eEye as Director of Security Engineering and was responsible for strategic business discussions and vulnerability management architectures in Fortune 500 clients. Prior to eEye, he was Development Manager for Computer Associates, Inc. (CA), responsible for new product beta cycles and named customer accounts. 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.