Social Security Number
Monitoring & Protection Services
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Your Social Security Matters
A Social Security number (SSN) is a nine-digit number that the Social Security Administration (SSA), a U.S. government agency, issues to all U.S. citizens and eligible U.S. residents who apply for one.
The Social Security number was developed in 1935 as a way for the U.S. government to efficiently track individuals’ lifetime earnings and number of years worked in order to determine eligibility, calculate benefit payments, and pay Social Security income at retirement.
Today, your Social Security number is now used for a wide range of purposes.
Don’t let your Social Security number get stolen!
It’s important to note that though your Social Security number is now used for more than its original intended purpose, it’s vital to limit usage to only necessary applications. Another way to protect your Social Security number or Social Security card is to keep it in either a safe deposit box or a home-safe instead of keeping it in your wallet or carrying it on your person.
Protecting your Social Security number can help prevent identity theft from happening to you.
Some Purposes for your Social Security Number
- Obtaining credit
- Opening a bank account
- Applying for a federal loan
- Applying for certain types of public assistance
- Enrolling in Medicare or private insurance
- Buying a home or a car
- Obtaining a driver’s license
- Applying for a passport
Why Would Someone Want to Steal Your SSN?
Identity thieves want your Social Security number essentially so they can commit fraud and steal money. They do this by using your Social Security number in a variety of different ways such as:
How Do Social Security Numbers Get Stolen?
The most common ways SSNs are stolen:
Thieves have been known to go through people’s trash to look for bills and other discarded papers with personal information on it
Exploiting weakness in a computer system either easily through unsecured Wi-Fi networks (think coffee shops) or more elaborate breaches into semi-secured websites
Pretending to be financial institutions (your bank, PayPal, etc.) or popular regularly-used companies in order to get you to reveal your personal information
Getting personal information under false pretenses and then selling it to other people or the dark web
Creating false websites that look like commonly used websites in order to obtain login and other personal information
Stealing wallets, purses, personnel records, or bribing employees who have access to mail, which includes bank and credit card statements, pre-approved credit offers, new checks, or tax information
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How to Protect Your Social Security Number With Identity Monitoring
Worried that your personal information has been compromised? Looking for ways to level up your identity theft protection and keep your Social Security number and other valuable data safe?
Identity monitoring may be the answer.
IDShield works by scanning and monitoring your personal identifying information and sending you a fraud alert when there is any unusual activity. To protect your Social Security number and other PII, IDShield monitors:
Purposes for your Social Security number:
- Change of address requests
- Court or arrest records
- Orders for new utility, cable, or wireless services
- Payday loan applications
- Check cashing requests
- Social media
- Websites that identity thieves use to trade stolen information
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Over Half of Consumers Will Experience Identity Theft Each Year
If you experience identity theft it can take an average of six months to restore your identity. Protect yourself now and avoid future stresses, headaches, and financial issues that come from identity theft and fraud.