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Violated, unsafe, insecure – all feelings that victims of identity theft experience. If you’ve been there, you already know. What can you do to stay secure this tax season? How can you protect you and your family?

 Computer Safety

  • How can you keep your computer from being an invitation to cyber criminals? Virus protection is a must! To those procrastinators out there: get virus protection that automatically updates.
  • Your personal information is your identity, so don’t leave it lying around.
  • Do you use the same password everywhere on the internet? Don’t do that anymore. That’s like inviting a cyber criminal over for dinner. Changing your passwords every so often won’t hurt either.

No ‘Phishing’ Allowed or Malware

  • The IRS will never you via email, text, or phone. The IRS will never contact you via email, text, or phone. The IRS will never contact you via email, text, or phone. (I think you’ve got it!)
  • You’ve always told your children don’t talk to strangers, so don’t download attachments from people you don’t know.
  • Have your pop up blocker ready to attack!

Protect All that is Personal

  • Leave your social security card at home in a fire-proof safe.
  • If you must email sensitive documents: encrypt, encrypt, encrypt.
  • Shred any important documents before trashing them.
  • If entering private information on a website, check to make sure the site is secure -https//- is an order.

 

Applying these points will keep you, your family, and your identity safe and secure. If you ever have doubts they’re probably for good reason. If you have been contacted by the IRS and have any doubts, call us or check out this publication. Stay safe!