April is National Social Security Month

April is National Social Security Month. This is a great time to familiarize yourself with the suite of services available to you on SSA.gov. Check out today's blog post and see all that you can learn and accomplish online.

The Social Security administration offers a wealth of information and services online to assist you. By accessing their secure portal, you can review and apply for retirement benefits, update your address, and download proof of benefits. This site can also be used to estimate future benefits, which is very helpful for financial planning converstaions. If you lose or misplace your social security card, a new one can be ordered by visiting their site.

You can access their website here: www.ssa.gov

At Social Security, protecting your personal information is more important than ever. While they continue to evaluate and improve their robust cyber-security program to safeguard your information. You can help secure your information by taking one of these steps:

•Open your personal my Social Security account. A my Social Security account is your gateway to many of our online services. Create your account today and take away the risk of someone else trying to create one in your name, even if they obtain your Social Security number.

•If you already have a my Social Security account, but haven’t signed in lately, take a moment to login to easily take advantage of our second method to identify you each time you log in. This is in addition to our first layer of security, a username and password. You can choose either your cell phone number or your email address as your second identification method. Using two ways to identify you when you sign on will help protect your account from unauthorized use and potential identity theft. If you suspect identity theft, report it to our Office of the Inspector General and visit www.identitytheft.gov.

•If you know your Social Security information has been compromised, and if you don’t want to do business with Social Security online, you can use our Block Electronic Access 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 after you prove your identity. This resource is available to certain victims of identity theft and those who need extra security.

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