White House cybersecurity expert wants to do away with Social Security numbers

Rob Joyce, the White House's cybersecurity coordinator wants to end social security numbers as a form of ID, saying: "I believe the Social Security number has outlived its usefulness."

His remarks were made at The Washington Post's Cybersecurity Summit, where he talked about his reasoning, including that social security numbers can’t be changed after someone’s identity has been stolen.

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In regards to the Equifax scandal, which stole the sensitive information of over 145 million people, Joyce said that “it's really clear there needs to be a change” when it comes to regulating credit bureaus’ cybersecurity.

Joyce also spoke about how the government needs to be more transparent about which hacking techniques it keeps secret for espionage purposes and said that those that are kept secret go through reviews every six months, which hasn’t been reported before. 

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KEEP YOUR PASSWORDS STRONG AND VARIED

If your password is easy for you to remember, then it'll be easy for hackers, too. Try using symbols, numbers and capital letters throughout your passcode. Also, experts suggest you use different passwords for different accounts. 

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EMPLOY TWO-STEP AUTHENTICATION

Add another layer of security by having another code sent to your phone number before you can sign in.

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BEWARE OF PUBLIC WIFI

If you're traveling, verify with the coffee shop or hotel that the wi-fi name is valid -- many cybercriminals set up networks with similar names to popular spots. You can also set up a private VPN that encrypts all of your data that passes through the network.

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COVER YOUR TRACKS

Wipe your hard drive clean before giving away, recycling or throwing out your old laptop or computer.

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DON'T LEAVE YOUR DEVICES UNATTENDED

That's just asking for trouble!

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BEWARE OF MYSTERIOUS URLS IN EMAILS

Don't ever click on URL from an unidentified or sketchy looking email. 

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COVER YOUR WEBCAM 

FBI director James Comey suggests placing a piece of tape over your webcam when you're not using it. If that doesn't convince you, note that Mark Zuckerberg is known to do the same.

KEEP YOUR SOFTWARE UP TO DATE

Hackers target vulnerabilities in software, which are often resolved in software updates, so stop hitting the "ignore" or "remind me later" button!

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