During tax season it’s important to be proactive about your information security practices. The rapid evolution of the technology landscape leads to an influx of cyber-attacks during this time of year. To help protect your information, here are 3 Tips For A Secure Tax Season:
1. Be aware of email and website scams:
Hackers use fake email and website schemes to trick individuals into revealing their name and social security number during tax season. This information is then used to file bogus tax returns. As a precaution, remember that a legitimate tax software provider will never request personal information from you in an email. Also, remember to avoid websites that tout inflated refunds and ask you to enter your personal data in order to receive that refund. If it sounds too good to be true, it often is.
2. Protect your home network:
Before looking for a tax solution online be sure that your home device is equipped with the latest security software and that your Wi-Fi connection is password secured. Taking these precautions will help ensure your personal information is safeguarded while browsing various tax sites online. Contact your service provider to ensure your Wi-Fi is password protected and your home network is equipped with the latest security software.
3. File securely
Only use secure websites when filing your taxes online. To check if a site is secure, look for the word “https” at the beginning of the web address. The “s” stands for secure. Make sure each page on the site contains the “https,” not just the sign-in page. If any part of your online session is not secured, your personal information may be susceptible to a cyber-attack.
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