Security Tip

The deadline to file taxes is just around the corner and this is a prime time for cyber thieves.

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Here are a few tips from the National Cyber Security Alliance that can help protect your identity and be more secure online this tax season—and throughout the year:

  • Keep all machines clean: Having updated software on all devices that connect to the Internet is critical and a strong defense against viruses and malware. This includes security software, web browsers and operating systems.
  • Lock down your login: Strengthen online accounts by enabling the strongest authentication tools available, such as biometrics, dual authentication methods. Your usernames and passwords are not enough to protect key accounts like email, banking and social media.
  • Make better passwords: Longer passwords and those that combine capital and lowercase letters with numbers and symbols provide better protection.
  • Don’t use Public WiFi hotspots: Public wireless networks are not secure. Cybercriminals can potentially intercept internet connections while you are filing highly personal information on public WiFi.
  • When in doubt, throw it out: Watch out for unsolicited emails, texts, social media posts or fake websites that may prompt you to click on a link or to share valuable personal and financial information. If it looks odd, even if you know the source, it is best to delete.
  • Think before you act: Be leery of communications that implore you to act immediately – especially if it implies that you owe money to the IRS and must pay it promptly.
  • File your tax forms on secure https sites only.
  • Ask if your tax preparation service has checked for malware issues.

For more information, visit StaySafeOnline.org's Tips for Staying Safe Online During Tax Time.