COLUMN: Hoodwinked in Walton; secure in Social Security

Published: Thursday, February 28, 2013 at 04:08 PM.

Anyone over 18 can register for an online Social Security account. The SSA requires a valid email address, mailing address along with your Social Security number. A note of warning: Similar to Treasury Direct’s website, the online website has a high level of security. SSA actually matches your Social Security information with your credit report to thwart identity thieves.

This is an example of a government agency being more secure than most commercial entities.  In complete honesty, I locked myself out of the website. I found out the hard way passwords only work for six months. Don’t despair, a phone call the next day, a five minute wait and I was back in the saddle. If you struggle with the website, visit a local office and they can walk you through the process. Luddites can request a paper statement via snail mail.

Social Security obfuscation abounds and the haters should read Jason Zweig’s Wall Street Journal’s column “You're Not as Good an Investor as You Think You Are.” Don’t get fooled again.

Buz Livingston, CFP offers hourly financial planning and fee-only investment management to clients along Florida’s Emerald Coast.  Contact him at 267-1068, or




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