Social Security and the E-File: What You should Know About Electronic Files, Part I
First SSA “Security Policy” regarding your electronic filings should be acknowledged. Details of SSA’s Security Policy are the follpwing:
“The Internet is an open system and there is no absolute guarantee that the personal information you enter to request verification will not be intercepted by others and decrypted. Although this possibility is remote, it does exist. We have included the safeguards described below to reduce the risks:
•SSA is taking all reasonable and appropriate measures, including encryption, to ensure that personal information is disclosed only to you.
•So your Internet communications can remain confidential, you must use a Web browser which supports the Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) security protocol. Your Web browser probably already supports SSL.
•Social Security will not give, sell or transfer any personal information to a third party.
If you are not comfortable with these risks, please call 1-888-772-2970 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting 1-888-772-2970 end_of_the_skype_highlighting to speak to a specially trained technician about your concerns. For TDD/TTY call 1-800-325-0778 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting 1-800-325-0778 end_of_the_skype_highlighting.”
Generally, for the initial application I advise to either do an in person interview at the SSA offices or the phone interview. The internet application is both overly lengthy and labor intensive for the typical disabled person.