When you’re on vacation, request that the Post Office hold your mail or have a highly trustworthy neighbor retrieve it for you daily. If you’re going to be away for an extended period, consider a mail-opening service that scans your mail and enables you to read it wherever you have an Internet connection. Two companies that offer this service:
Mailbox Forwarding (www.mailboxforwarding.com)
Traveling Mailbox (855-749-1737; travelingmailbox.com)
Although security measures are taken by these mailbox services, you do assume some privacy risks with them. You also eliminate other privacy risks, such as family members, neighbors, or area mail thieves getting into your mail. A secondary address where you direct sensitive mail to be sent and access it over the Internet can give you a privacy buffer.
You can also accomplish this by establishing a conventional physical mailbox at a mail/packaging store or Post Office. For added security, have the mail forwarded to you at a non-residential and non-business address. You can rent a mailbox from places like Mailboxes, Etc. your actual home address.
The U.S. Post Office now requires that each P.O. Box be tied to a physical home or business address and is even trying to force private mailbox outlets to obtain such information from their customers. You may have to shop around to find a place that will fully respect and protect your privacy.