DEAR HARRIETTE: My assistant of two years will be leaving me soon, and I have a concern. She has been completely loyal for the time she has worked with me, and I appreciate that. She also has all of my passwords and other sensitive information because it was part of her job.
I'm wondering if I should change all of the passwords and the locks, etc. I don't have any reason to believe she would do something to harm me or my business, but if she's not working for me anymore, shouldn't I make it so that she doesn't have access to my records? -- Turning the Page, Seattle
DEAR TURNING THE PAGE: Security specialists typically recommend that passwords for email addresses be changed frequently. At some companies it is mandatory to change them every 90 days. For sure, you should change all of your passwords. You also should change your locks.
It's great that you have had a positive relationship with your assistant. Protecting your files and other assets by updating your security measures in no way reflects on her. So shrug off the notion that you are doing anything wrong.
Celebrate your assistant as she leaves you, and take care of your business as any professional should.