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The Social Security Number's Insecurities

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Since SSNs are tied to tax forms, credit cards, medical records, and even cellphone bills, they are more valuable for identity thieves than other personal data.

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In both the Anthem insurance hack and the two Office of Personnel Management hacks this year, attackers gained access to Social Security numbers, affecting 80 million and more than 22 million people, respectively.

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