Your Social Security Number (SSN) is more than just a number. Having access to your SSN, a thief can pretend to be you and open new accounts, obtain a job, apply for loans, etc. Thieves can get a hold of your SSN in multiple ways, so it is important that you do what you can to protect your SSN.
Here are a few things you can do to protect yourself:
Quick Tip: Don't sign the back of your credit cards. Instead, put "PHOTO ID REQUIRED." However, you may run into some people who demand that the card be signed or they will not accept it – so you may want to do both to avoid such situations.