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Roll up the RIMM

By Lauren Smith

We’ve all experienced the disappointment of rolling up the rim of our Timmies, hoping to win one of the fabulous grand prizes only to come up empty handed (or the next winner of another free coffee, at best).

But this time of year, there’s more than one kind of rim on my mind.

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Last April I did a blog post about the many acronyms that can be present in an organization.

Now, I want to tell you about another one: RIMM. It’s short for Records and Information Management Month, and it’s recognized internationally every April.

In the dawn of advanced technology, managing your records and information has become more important than ever, whether at home or on the job, and that’s exactly what RIMM is all about.

In the spirit of RIMM, I’d like to talk about the connection between your personal safety and managing your records and information.


There could be a hidden window into your home

Image: woodwindowstoday.blogspot.ca

Image: woodwindowstoday.blogspot.ca

I was among the many who was fascinated with the advanced features of the new Xbox One. I could tell it to turn on, change television channels, and even play a DVD—no buttons or switches required! This new system listened to my needs and I felt like I’d entered the future.

I hadn’t really considered that in order for the voice-activation feature to operate, the new Xbox had to be listening all the time in order to hear “Xbox on” and other voice commands.

If there’s a device listening to me all the time, I’d want to know who has access to the information and what they’re doing with it.

Here’s a site that addresses this concern and recommends turning off the Kinect in your Xbox One settings, or you can disconnect it completely from your Xbox when not in use. Microsoft values our privacy, but I don’t want to create a window for potential hackers to access my voice or video recordings through my Xbox.

Records can help keep you protected

Image: healthywa.wa.gov.au

Image: healthywa.wa.gov.au

If you’re like me, your mom is probably the keeper of your vaccination records. I have no doubt that little piece of paper is probably safely stored in one of the many boxes in the crawl space at my parents’ house.

But with recent outbreaks of measles and even mumps, it’s important to make sure you’ve had the necessary immunizations, especially if you’re travelling.

If you don’t have the desire to start digging through old storage boxes in search of your vaccination records, Immunize Canada recommends a few ways you can locate your vaccination records:

  1. Check with your family doctor, who may have a record in your file.
  2. Check with the local public health office where you were immunized as a child. Most public health offices maintain a registry of childhood immunizations in their area.
  3. Check with your employer. Some employers keep proof of immunization (e.g., military).

To help you stay on top of your vaccinations, Immunize Canada has developed an app to help you keep track of your immunization records.

Those are just a couple examples of how managing your records and information can help you stay safe. Do you have some tips to share? Tweet us @headsupab.

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