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10 Precautions to Protect Your Social Security Number in 2023

By: Sahil Luthra

American Street

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Social Security Number

Social Security Number is a nine digit number that is given to U.S. citizens and to people living in the U.S., to get job, to receive some govt services, and to get Social Security Benefits.

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Alternative Form of ID

If you need to provide your SSN then offer your other ID like your driver’s license number, passport, proof of current and previous address, or even a student ID from a college or university.

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Raise Question Why Needed

Raise Question to those organisation why they need and how will they secure it , with whom they will share, do they have privacy policy, these actions provide you some safety for your SSN.

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Remember Your SSN

Its Best if you leave your SSN card at home, do not enter your SSN into  any electronic device like phone or laptop, try to remember your SSN instead and locked the card at home.

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Discard Your Details Properly

Discard any paper and document properly which you do not require more and which having all your details, you may use a paper shredder and check your mailbox on regular basis.

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Should Not Use As Password

You should not use your SSN full or a part of it as password, or else it can  be stolen and decrypted, or someone can just watch you type it in from over your shoulder.

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Stop Sharing Your SSN

Stop sharing your SSN via electronic device like email or on a phone call or through a voicemail, or else it can be intercepted. 

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Do Not Provide To Strangers

Do not provide your SSN to someone you don't know who calls you on a phone and requests it, and same thing applies to unsolicited emails and any forms you fill out on the internet.

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Monitor Your Bank Accounts Regularly

Keep a close check on your bank and credit card accounts, sign up for getting account alerts through text messages or call you transactions exceed a certain amount.

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Identity Protection Service

You should register with (and pay for) an identity protection service such as LifeLock, Identity Force, or Identity Guard, identity protection tools and services.

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Protect Your Child’s SSN

While you are protecting your own SSN, make sure you are equally  careful about your children’s numbers.

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