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May 18, 2006



Yup. It's helped when I've refused to give my SSN, stating that by law I don't have to give it to them unless they're actually paying me money. This has worked before when they were desperate for my business (as in credit card companies).

What bugs me is that so many people are using the last four of the "Sosh," thinking that they're being more secure that way, that now even those four digits are widely used as authentication, and are therefore just as dangerous when exposed. Even if we manage to move these organizations off the Social, half of them will try to move to the driver's license number, and then we'll be back where we started.


AustinEnergy already asks for driver's license number before telling you anything about your own electric bill.
Very annoying.
Except of course, sometimes they forget and don't ask for any security information, which illustrates that it's probably not very effective.
My speculation is that they're trying to avoid somebody turning off somebody else's electricity, which is laudable, but it's not clear to me that this is a good way to do it.


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