Overusing Your Social Security Number ‘Just Helps Identity Thieves’


Just say no! That’s right, learn to decline politely the next time someone asks you for your Social Security number over the phone, online, or on a doctor’s new-patient form. Guard that number for yourself, and your children, as overusing your number is one of the best ways for identity theft to happen to you. This MSNBC article points out that “when most people’s addresses, full names, and birth dates are easily found on the Internet, the Social Security number is often the last piece of information preventing online thieves from having enough data to steal your identity. That’s why governmental and medical data breaches, such as happened recently in Texas and in Massachusetts, are so dangerous. Millions of people had their Social Security numbers exposed for all the world to see.”

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Elaine Rigoli

Elaine Rigoli is PRIVATE WiFi's manager of digital content strategy.