The website for the United States government's Social Security Administration, or SSA, is secure in sections that require a person to log in. The site uses several ways to ensure that the information collected online is secure, such as firewalls, password protection, Secure Socket Layer and encryption. The SSA administers the retirement, survivor and disability benefits of the Social Security program.
The SSA ensures that is employees are compliant with its security policies through training and by allowing access to only those who need to see a person's information to perform official duties. The website has external access safeguards to prevent hackers from accessing private information. In addition, the SSA regularly backs up online information in the case of loss and has paper copies of collected information stored in a secure area.