Giving Your Social Security Number Isn’t Always Secure
The antivirus software company, McAfee, released a list of dangerous places to give out your Social Security number. It is impossible to avoid disclosing your social security number to places such as universities and colleges, financial institutions, hospitals, state, local and federal government, medical businesses and health insurers.
There is no fool-proof way to ensure your information won’t fall into the wrong hands, but there are preventative steps you can take to lower your risk. Don’t be so quick to give out your number. Even though a business or office asks for your Social Security number, ask if they would accept your driver’s license number instead.
Don’t ever give your number or any other personal information to someone you don’t know. Whether they contact you by phone, e-mail or in person it is generally a scam.
Lock away your Social Security card, rather than carrying it in your wallet. If someone steals your purse or wallet, then they are able to steal your identity as well. For protection, keep your card in a fireproof safe or safe deposit box.