Your social security number is the key to everything from your credit reports to your bank accounts — protecting those digits is crucial. Never put your social security number on your checks or your credit receipts. And if anything makes you raise an eyebrow, it's best to ask questions.
Protecting your social security number is easier than you think. Knowing when it's necessary and taking simple steps to secure that information can help protect your money, identity and reputation.
Start by knowing who should and shouldn't have your personal information. Although many businesses, schools and organizations request it, that doesn't mean it's required. In most situations, an alternative form of identification like your driver's license will be accepted.
Only in very specific situations is a social security number required. Banks and lenders use personal information for credit purposes, and a business may request personal information for a new-hire background check.
Now that you know when giving your social security number is necessary, how do you make sure that information is secure?
Reduce the risk of someone getting your personal information by asking questions about why the information is needed. And finally, ensure the information will be safeguarded and ask questions about maintaining patient/employee privacy.
Just because you are careful with your personal information doesn't mean others are. You can reduce your risk of someone getting access to your personal data by wisely managing your personal information and following these additional tips:
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