Extra Security Added to Social Security Online
Social Security is continuing to work towards improving how the administration protects what is important to residents.
A press release from the Social Security Office states that a cybersecurity program is in place to help protect citizens personal information. The administration says that adding security measures to safeguard personal information, while making them easier to use, is part of keeping people safe and secure.
A lot of people who conduct business with the Social Security Administration online, use 'my Social Security portal,' where residents can request a replacement Social Security card, obtain benefit verification letters, check benefit and payment information, check their earnings record, and start or change direct deposit information.
The online portal also allows recipients to request a replacement Medicare card, and get a replacement SSA-1099 or SSA-1042S for taxes.
The Social Security Administration says that more than 30-million people have created and use 'my Social Security' accounts, since May 2012.
Beginning June 10, a second method will be required to check the identification of 'my Social Security' account holders when they register or sign-in.
This is in addition to the first layer of security, which consists of a username and password. Recipients will be able to choose either cell phone or email address, as the second identification method. If anyone plans to select email as the second method, they can ensure that the one-time security code does not go into a spam, or junk folder, by adding NO-REPLY@ssa.gov to the contact list.