Sunday, April 8, 2007

Your Identity: Safe, for Now...

10*10*10*10*10*10*10*10*10=1 billion

Yes, 10 to the 9th power is equal to one billion, or the number of Social Security Numbers that are available in the U.S. (nine digits with 10 possible numbers in each spot equals one billion possible combinations).

With a population of about 300 million people living today, and a total of 450 million social security numbers given out in America's history, we have a long time until these numbers will need to be recycled... meaning you will die with your SSN, and it will never be used again. Or will it?

According to, this country's population grows by 2.5 million people per year. Since there are 550 million SSN combinations yet to be used, this leaves approximately 220 years until we reach 1 billion, assuming the rate of 2.5 million new SSN's per year. Then what!? Will your identity be safe in the year 2227? Or will you, Joe or Jane Blogreader, be victimized by somebody else having the same number as you currently have? Are we looking at identity theft of the six-foot-under population in the next couple of centuries? Many questions remain...

Consider yourself warned!

1 comment:

Gregg Lewis said...

we wont have to worry about social security cards when we all have a national id card in 2008.

The Real ID Act, passed by Congress and signed by President Bush on May 11, 2005, mandates that all U.S. citizens will receive a National ID card by May of 2008.