Pick an "internet birthday" that is easy to remember and use that instead.Since my actual birthdate is late in the year, I picked January 1 of the following year as my "internet birthday" How many times do you call up a financial institution or something and asked for the last 4 digits of your SSN? And now your Social Security Number, the lynchpin to you credit score, taxes, government benefits and more, is under attack.
) You could probably with some social engineering call up the victim make up some story about being at a financial institution and to verify information get the last 4 digits of CC (this also verifies you have the right number) and last 4 digits of SSN. Most people's benefit is all this stuff to extract a ssn is extra work.Given these numbers, the authors estimate that even a moderate-sized botnet of 10,000 machines could successfully obtain identity verifications for younger residents of West Virginia at a rate of 47 a minute. Considering how prevalent ID theft is around the world, and how sophisticated thieves are becoming, I think this is enough to cause concern for the average US citizen.And as such, it may be time to start taking precautions.After that there are only 6 more digits so it's not even that hard to go through all the combinations with a machine.
It is also true that a lot of verification systems only need the last 4 digits of your social, and then there are only 10000 possibilities.We have all heard the stories about Identity Theft and we all take precautions to be careful with our SSN.