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What can I do if someone has my ssn? Is my life over?

What can I do if someone has my ssn? Is my life over?

RelayFX

The high school had your SSN long before you inputted it there. It’s nothing to worry about.


Otherwise_Froyo7071

Really? How do they get this info though? I never gave this info and my parents probably haven't either.


RelayFX

I’m not certain, but I’m like 95% sure they require that to enroll in public education.


Otherwise_Froyo7071

In nyc? Sorry for asking all these questions btw.


RelayFX

In the US as a whole.


Otherwise_Froyo7071

Oh wow. That's something useful to know. Thanks


Sinsoftheflesh7

Yes Ssn is given when initially enrolling into school. It’s what they use for record keeping when taking state mandated tests and stuff like that. It can be opted out from then school assigns a specific number (in our district it’s called “s-number) that will be used within that state until you’re done with school. S-number might be used everywhere, I don’t know.


OmieOmy

The school most likely already had your ssn. No worries.


furriosity

You are probably okay. No one from the school will be monitoring your traffic on that level, and they are required to keep it confidential.


exquizit9

Relax. Lots of people will get your SSN throughout your life. You have to give it to every employer you ever have (every job), you have to give it to any tax preparers you might use, you have to give it to your healthcare providers, you have to give it to banks and credit card companies and lots more. The vast majority of those people/organizations will keep your SSN secure and will not abuse it. You should not enter your private info (including SSN) into a computer you don't trust, that's true, but chances are good that you are fine and nothing will happen. Just be more careful in the future -- in this case, what you should have done is reformat the computer and reinstall the OS, that would protect from you malware/keyloggers that might have been installed on it. You can still do that now to make the computer more secure, it's kind of complex to reformat a computer but it's worth learning if you think you're up for it -- just google it and follow tutorials.


The_test_is_me

everyone does. No one really uses it for anything anymore and believe me no one under 30 is going to be accessing social security in the future. Just keep your passwords, credit cards, and crypto wallets secret.