3 best ways to protect your Social Security number and other data from identity thieves

Once you’ve given your personal information to anyone, you no longer have control of it, and are left trusting that whoever you gave it to – creditors, employers, banks, government agencies, etc. – will protect it.

Last week the U.S. Office of Professional Management, effectively the federal government’s Human Resources department, announced that the social security numbers and other personal information of over 21 million Americans were stolen by hackers.

On Thursday OPM director Katherine Archuleta refused to resign, saying she had no intention of leaving and that her agency was doing everything it could to address concerns about protecting personal data of federal employees, their spouses, and job applicants.

Twenty-four hours later, she resigned, effective immediately.


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