Top 10 Riskiest Places to Give Out Your Social Security Number

social security number identity theftMcAfee, the company that makes antivirus software, did us all a public service in releasing a list of the most dangerous places to provide your Social Security number because of the risks of identity theft.

This list certainly surprised us a lot, and we are used to seeing unusual things! The positions on the list are ranked based on the number of data breaches involving Social Security numbers from January 2009 to October 2010.

1. Colleges and Universities
2. Banking and other financial institutions
3. Hospitals
4. State governments
5. Local government
6. Federal government
7. Medical businesses
8. Non-profit organizations
9. Technology companies
10. Health insurers and medical offices

The problem is, you MUST give out your social security number if you wish to obtain services from most of these premises!


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