FILLING OUT PAPERWORK AT YOUR DOCTOR'S OFFICE
Levin says medical and dental offices that are still transferring their records to digital databases will occasionally ask for Social Security numbers. However, with even health insurance companies now taking patients' numbers off of insurance cards, the argument for including them in patients' records is weak.
"For better or worse, you are the gatekeeper," says Levin. "The person most responsible for shielding your Social Security number is you. Therefore, your mission is to limit, as best you can, the universe of those who gain access to it."