Good news from the Social Security Administration today...it has reconsidered new security rules which required users of its online portal to confirm their identity via text.  Since only a quarter (27%) of adults ages 65 and older own smartphones, this decision makes perfect sense.  

The SSA website says: 

​​"We removed the requirement to use a cell phone to access your account. While it’s not mandatory, we encourage those of you who have a text capable cell phone to take advantage of this optional extra security. We continue to pursue more options beyond cell phone texting."

 NCPSSM has urged SSA acting Commissioner Carolyn Colvin to investigate using email or other forms of verification which are more accessible to Social Security beneficiaries.