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Predicting Social Security Numbers from Public Data

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  1. Jon Sheck says:

    Hopefully this is the final nail in the coffin to STOP the Social Security Number from being improperly used by both government and private companies as a form of ID for everything from drivers licenses, passports, utilities, bank accounts, etc,.

  2. joe says:

    My bank recently asked me to say the last four of my SSN to verify my identity. I told them I didn’t think my SSN was much of a secret and could they instead ask me something else. And they were happy to ask me something else.

    @Jon: SSNs can still be used to ID people, that’s what they’re for… it’s the using them as *authenticators* (passwords) that’s the problem.