On January 7, 2013, Social Security announced new features to my Social Security accounts online. An online service, my Social Security conveniently allows users to access their account information. Now the system has been expanded to include access to payment history, earnings record and a benefit verification letter. If you are a Social Security beneficiary, you may use the customized benefit verification letter as proof of income for loans, housing, state or local benefits (such as Medicare insurance coverage). If you are not yet a Social Security beneficiary, but would like to get estimates of your retirement, disability, and survivor benefits or check your earning record you can now access this information any time. Access to this service is safe and secure. For more information and to start using my Social Security, create an account at www.socialsecurity.gov/myaccount.