Protecting Your identity is Important to Us

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Social Security is committed to protecting your identity and information. We often say that our online services are convenient, cost-effective, and secure to use.

We know that in certain instances, like for victims of domestic violence, completely blocking access to your information may be necessary. If you are a victim of domestic violence, Social Security may be able to block access to the electronic record we keep on you. Our online Block Electronic Access service is a resource for those who need extra security. It’s also available to certain victims of identity theft.

Through our online Block Electronic Access service, you can block any automated telephone and electronic access to your Social Security record. No one, including you, will be able to see or change your personal information on the internet or through our automated telephone service. If you block access to your record and then change your mind in the future, you can contact Social Security and ask us to unblock it.

It is an unfortunate reality for many Americans that guarding against the release of your personal information sometimes becomes a necessity. If this is the case for you, or someone you know, Social Security can help.

In most cases your Social Security number is with you for your lifetime, but when evidence shows you are being harassed, abused, or your life is endangered, we can assign you a new one.

For more information please read our publication, New Numbers for Domestic Violence Victims. You can also visit Protecting Your Social Security Number from Identity Theft for ways to help us safeguard your information.

 

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84 thoughts on “Protecting Your identity is Important to Us

  1. I had created an account years ago Now that Im 61 I want to apply for SS but when I try to create a new account or log into the original one it wont let me Who can I talk to about fixing this problem

  2. My SS # was compromised. I received 3 letters from retail companies stating someone had applied for credit under my #. My name and address was also known. I’ve frozen my credit bureaus, and notified companies that sent me letters I did not apply for credit. What do I need to do to guarantee my SS will not be compromised ?

    thanks

  3. How is the use of the social security number protected? I have spent almost an hour searching and found so many needless”pages” of info that I am giving up. A long time ago, I was told that my son could not be used for ID for anything but social security. Now it seems that banks, credit companies, and a host of others, are using it for identification. If you are going by what you first learned, you are denied.

  4. I’m unable to log into my social security online account as I forgot either my username or password–and there seems to be no method of resetting either parameter.

  5. I would like to change my User ID. I have searched everywhere and have been unable to find how. I saw where my User Id can me found and how to change my password. But it is my user ID that I need to change due to it possibly being compromised. Can you direct me to the proper source?

  6. well, now i won’t get a stimulus payment because i cannot unblock access to my account. there is no office open to go in and fix this either.

    • Hi Gary, thank you for using our blog. If you’re referring to your my Social Security account, you will need to contact us at 1-800-772-1213 for assistance or you can contact your local Social Security office. Please look for the general inquiry telephone number at the Social Security Office Locator. The number may appear under Show Additional Office Information. Please be aware that our call wait times are longer than normal. We hope this information helps.

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