That’s because the first three are determined by where you, or your parents, applied for your SSN.
Don’t want companies knowing how much booze you’re buying or other potentially embarrassing habits?
Buy things the old fashioned way—with coins and bills.
So a determined identity thief with some computing power could hack it given time.
Set up your PC to require a password when it wakes from sleep or boots up.
Sure, you may trust the people who live in your house, but what if your laptop is stolen or you lose it? Not only should you use a passcode to access them every time you use them, install an app that will locate your phone or tablet if it’s lost or stolen, as well as lock it or wipe it clean of any data so a stranger can’t get access to the treasure trove of data saved on it.
And, make sure your computers and mobile devices are loaded with anti-malware apps and software.By gathering information about your online activities they can serve you targeted ads that are more likely to entice you to buy something.For instance, the Facebook, Twitter, and Google buttons you see on just about every site allow those networks to track you even if you don’t have an account or are logged into them.If someone gets their hands on it and has information such your birth date and address they can steal your identity and take out credit cards and pile up other debt in your name.Even the last four digits of your social security number should only be used when necessary.In reality, it can be impossible to remember a different one for the dozens of online services you use.The problem with using the same password in more than one place is if someone gets their hands on your password—say, through a phishing attack—they can access all your accounts and cause all sorts of trouble.The last four are often used by banks an other institutions to reset your password for access your account.Plus, if someone has the last four digits and your birth place, it’s a lot easier to guess the entire number.Privacy is an increasingly rare commodity these days.Just search for yourself on Pipl.com—you might be surprised at the number of companies that claim to have information about your family, income, address, phone number and much, much more.