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Is there any way to protect SSN???

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  1. emily_9a

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    Hello everybody,
    I have been using my social security number for my taxation purposes. But I have been recently intimidated by my lawyer that since the crime of identity theft has been on the high I should be careful in using it. I am really concerned about this and need to know whether there are any ways by which we can protect them.
    Thanks in advance!
     
  2. new tech guy

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    Im no lawyer but i think i know a few offhand:
    1. If you are sending that information online, make sure the connection is not open, but encrypted. (Usually the url box or status bar will have a gold lock in it).
    2. Make sure the computer used to transmit the information is not infested with any form of malware, or spyware. If there is any of these problems, never let that machine see ANY personal information till you know its clean! They can have key loggers or some other exploit that may extract this info. One idea if you do alot of banking and such online is to have a dedicated office pc possibly with internet content control to ensure you do not go anywhere that you can pick up something unfriendly accidentally.
    3. Keep the card secure. Maybe if you have a filing cabinet or strongbox with this info, keep it all under lock and key.
    Do all of that and you should not have any problems.
     
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    I forgot to add, if you do save that information on your pc try to keep it encrypted and password protected so you can keep prying eyes out of the information should someone have physical control of the pc. You can either use a zip file with password protection or better yet, use encryption software like truecrypt. That can be looked into here: http://www.truecrypt.org/
    Finally, dont let these things scare you! If you use your head and take precautionary measures, you will have nothing to worry about.
     
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