Protecting Your Social Security Number: A Guide for Teens

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Your Social Security Number, or SSN for short, is a nine-digit number that is issued to all United States citizens by the Social Security Administration.  When your SSN is protected and kept private, it can provide you with a wealth of government benefits in the future, namely a supplement to your retirement.  But when your SSN is compromised, stolen, or misused, it can cause mountains of trouble that can leave your credit ruined and your life in a mess.

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