While the eyes of the world focus on the XXII Winter Olympics in the resort town of Sochi, Russia this month, we’d like to bring your attention to another worthy focal point: internet safety.
February 11 is Safer Internet Day. If there were an Olympic event for safe Internet transactions, we believe the Social Security Administration would be in the running for a gold medal. We take Internet security seriously. After all, Security is our middle name.
What are some of the convenient, safe, and secure things you can do online at www.socialsecurity.gov ?
You can get a personalized estimate of your future benefits using our Retirement Estimator. Apply for retirement or disability benefits. If you don’t plan to retire but you want to apply only for Medicare at age 65, you can do it online. You can even establish and maintain a My Social Security account at any age to access all your personal Social Security information at any time convenient for you. All of these things can be done in minutes, and you don’t have to worry about security issues. On Safer Internet Day and every day, your information is secure with us.
If you’ve experienced a safe, convenient service at our website, why not share the experience at our social media hub? Of course, you’ll want to be careful not to post any personal identifying information, such as your Social Security number. But whether you want to spread the word about Safer Internet Day or share an experience you’ve had dealing with Social Security, we encourage you to join us on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and Pinterest. You’ll find these connections, along with the ability to get email updates, view the photo blog, join webinars and more at our social media hub. Just visit www. socialsecurity.gov/socialmedia.
The next Olympic event is about to begin in Sochi. But remember that the Social Security Administration gets a gold medal when it comes to safe transactions on the Internet. Security is our middle name. If you have questions, our number is 1-800-772-1213. The Tyler office is at 5509 S. Donnybrook Ave.
Leo Rossler is a Social Security district manager based in Tyler.