Times change. This day in 1994 saw the launch of the original Social Security website. May 17, 1994, was only twenty-two years ago.
Updated many times since then, the official website, www.socialsecurity.gov, is just one of many methods used by the Social Security Administration to reach the public.
Social Security online services can be reached on your smartphone.
You can create your own pin and password controlled my Social Security account with different services available based on whether or not you receive Social Security monthly benefits.
I find this fascinating, especially since I started with Social Security long before any of these options existed and many years before Social Security representatives had immediate computer access to help process applications or answer questions.
For your consideration, without computer access, how would you associate every person working with his or her earnings, both wages and self-employment?
How would you manually process all of the applications for the different Social Security benefits?
How would you keep the records of all the people already receiving Social Security updated?
To aid your thoughts, below is a 1930’s photo of Social Security number card files.
Times change. This day in 1994 saw the launch of the original Social Security website. Now, at any time, you have the means to learn about Social Security and to review your own personal record online. Use it.