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July 6, 2013

SOCIAL SECURITY: Off to the park? So is Social Security

TERRE HAUTE — Now, in the heart of summertime, is time to think about spending some fun time with family and friends. So it is fitting that July is both National Vacation Month and National Park and Recreation Month.

Going on vacation — to visit some of the nation’s great national and state parks or traveling to other fun destinations — doesn’t mean you need to disconnect completely. In fact, our new mobile website makes it easy for you to get the Social Security information you need when you’re on the go. As long as you have an Internet connection, you’re connected to Social Security.

You might not take your laptop with you to a national park, but you’ll probably have your phone. You may be wondering, how much Social Security business can I do on a smartphone? You may be surprised.

We recently released Social Security Mobile to allow for a smoother and more enjoyable online experience for people who want to access www.socialsecurity.gov using a smartphone. Most people who want to access Social Security by smartphone are interested in getting the information they need quickly and efficiently. To accommodate this “grab it on the go” frame of mind, we’ve designed a mobile site that is as easy on the eye as it is to navigate.

Social Security Mobile features 10 items of interest, easily accessible by touching the tiles on your smartphone’s screen. These items include popular topics from our standard website, such as frequently asked questions, Social Security card and number, and publications. For example, you can either read or listen to our entire library of publications on your smartphone. The quick summaries will make it easy to make sure you access the publication you want.

As you relax beneath a tree, you may want to use the mobile site’s “decision tree” to help identify documents you need for a new or replacement Social Security card.

Will everything on our website be included in the mobile website? No. Instead, our mobile site is designed to bring you the content you’re most likely to want on the go.

Keep in mind that this is not an app you have to download. The website is conveniently designed to run on your smartphone’s browser. You don’t have to download anything from an app store; just visit www.socialsecurity.gov on your smartphone, and you will automatically visit the mobile website. And if you decide you need to browse the full website, you can do that easily.

Remember, Social Security is happy to help you even when you’re enjoying a day at the park. We are always working for you, even when you are relaxing. Visit our mobile website at www.socialsecurity.gov from your smartphone today.

Brian L. Hewitt is district manager at the Social Security Administration office at 222 Cherry St.

 

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