I recently launched a new social security verification tool. One user raised some very important issues – privacy and security. 1 The commenter pointed out that the Verify!® social security number lookup tool did not appear to utilize a secure connection – and could permit the unintended dissemination of private information.
To this, I make the following statements/suggestions:
- This website does not utilize secure connections. There, I’ve said it. If this is a concern for you, no one will blame you for not using this tool.
- This SSN look up tool does not ask for any other information besides the social security number. By itself, the social security number probably isn’t particularly useful to anyone.
- The commenter’s concerns about keyloggers and viruses are valid. However, such things would be able to access your information no matter how secure I make this website.
- Its generally a good idea to be very careful about what information you send out onto the internet. If you’re not sure something is safe, it probably is not.