In this day and age it surprises me constantly when businesses like doctors and dentists ask for your social security number on patient forms. One’s entire identity is attached to that nine digit number, and if it’s stolen…well you’re life will likely never be the same.
As someone who has immigrated I respect and protect my social security number as if it were my life, because in actuality it is. It was at one time, one of the only pieces of identification that proved I was legal to reside and work in the US. I NEVER give it out unless it is imperative. It is usually not necessary in most cases, and don’t feel you have to supply it on any form unless it has to do with money (like banking or investments) or the government. It is in essence your financial fingerprint, and if misused you could have trouble getting credit when you truly need it.
There are companies that provide safe guarding services for your peace of mind, against identity theft protection. Aptly named, one of the is called IdentityHawk, who helps uncover threats to your identity before fraud starts. It’s one less thing you have to worry about, because they have a monitoring system that find activity that may be considered suspicious regarding your identity. I know I’d much rather know about any chances of my identity being stolen BEFORE it actually happens, then to deal with the clean up afterward.
How do you protect your identity? Do you use a service, or do you do things on your own to protect it, or have you never considered that you might be a victim of identity theft one day?
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