Protect Your SSN: Eagan Accounting Class Provides 10 Top Tips


Students enrolled in the “Payroll Accounting” class at Rasmussen College’s Eagan campus recently created a top 10 list of tips to protect your social security number.

The topic was part of the classroom curriculum and—given the recent spate of security breaches at Target and P.F. Chang’s—particularly timely.   

“In the age of identity theft, protecting one’s social security number is critical to keeping personal information secure,” said Kari Grittner, accounting program coordinator for Minnesota. 

The social security number (SSN) assigned to a person shortly after birth is an individual identification number that is unique to that person alone. SSNs are used to file taxes, manage bank and retirement accounts or start a new job. Due to the nature of information tied to one’s SSN, it should be protected and managed to make sure no one else is using it inappropriately.

Every time a SSN is used on a document, it leaves an information trail about the user.  One of the most common scams today is the kind in which a SSN is requested over the phone by parties with whom there is no existing relationship.   

In an effort to combat these scammers, the Eagan class offers these 10 best practices for protecting your SSN:

  1. Don’t carry the card on you, instead memorize the number
  2. Keep the original card in a fireproof safe
  3. Never give the number over the phone
  4. Don’t use the last four digits as a password
  5. When your SSN is requested, ask why it’s needed
  6. Get a copy of a credit bureau report each year
  7. Don’t put it on work applications; supply the number after hiring
  8. Destroy paperwork with your SSN number on it
  9. Don’t share it with anyone
  10. Never store the SSN on an unprotected computer 

To learn more about protecting yourself, check out this infographic on cyber fraud. With reports of high profile data breaches saturating the news recently, you can learn about the tricky tactics used by today’s cybercriminals and how you can avoid becoming their next target. 

External links provided on are for reference only. Rasmussen College does not guarantee, approve, control, or specifically endorse the information or products available on websites linked to, and is not endorsed by website owners, authors and/or organizations referenced.

Jennifer is a Content Marketing Specialist at Collegis Education who researches and writes articles on behalf of Rasmussen College. She is passionate about learning and higher education and enjoys writing engaging content to help current and future students on their path to a rewarding education.

Receive Personalized Information Today

  • Personalized financial aid
  • Customized support services
  • Detailed program plan
  • Attend a no-obiligation Nursing Information Session
  • Meet the Dean of Nursing
  • Enrollment application
  • Personalized financial aid
  • Career path guidance

What would you like to study?

How may we contact you?

Please complete all fields

By requesting information, I authorize Rasmussen College to contact me by email, phone or text message at the number provided.

Share Your Story Ideas
Our campuses and online community have stories to tell and we want to hear them! Did your campus raise the most money in the community for an organization? Do you have online study tips for other students? Would you like to share a personal success story about overcoming an obstacle while earning your degree?
To have your story idea considered:
  • You must be a faculty member, current student or graduate
  • Story ideas must be regarding Rasmussen College or an inspiring story about a student at Rasmussen College
  • Your submission must be original and may not have been published elsewhere online already
Please Note: Your story idea may be featured on the Rasmussen College News Beat or on one of our social networks. A member of our news team will contact you should we move forward with a blog post.
Feel free to suggest an idea for a blog post to be featured on the Rasmussen College News Beat by filling out the form below:

First Name: (required)

Last Name: (required)

Email Address: (required)

Phone Number: (required)

500 characters or less


Your Story Idea Has Been Submitted

Thank you for sending us a story idea! We’re reviewing submissions and may contact you soon to learn more about your story. In the meantime, make sure to check out our current blogs to see what’s happening on campus.