To help ensure the
confidentiality of your Social Security number, keep in mind the following
Do not carry your card
with you. Memorize your number, and store your card in a safe and
Be careful regarding to
whom you provide your number. It is common to provide your number
for most situations involving the government, agencies, banks, credit
card companies, insurance companies, schools, etc.
Do not provide your
number during a telephone call unless you are absolutely certain of the
identity of the other party. If the other party called you, how
can you be certain it actually is who you think it is? If unsure,
you should instruct the caller that you will call them back, using a
phone number you know to be associated with that company or agency.
If you are providing your
number over a website, make sure that website is encrypted. Most
browsers have an easy mechanism that lets you know whether
communications to and from that website are in fact encrypted.