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IRS offers tips to keep taxpayer information safe online

In this year’s National Tax Security Awareness Week, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) offered some tips to help keep taxpayers safe from hackers, scammers, and identity thieves who could steal their personal information.

  • Be sure that you understand the use of security software and be cautious of pop-up ads selling security software.
  • Make sure the security software on your computer is updated regularly and automatically.
  • Trust websites only if they have a web address that starts with “https,” rather than “http.” Websites and webpages that have https at the beginning of web addresses are secured, hence the letter “s.”
  • Make sure the passwords you use contain special characters and a combination of letters and numbers to make them strong. Avoid using personal information in passwords and do not share passwords with other people.
  • Only connect to reliable and secure Wi-Fi hotspots.
  • Ignore unreliable emails or pop-up messages that ask for your personal information. Scammers utilize fake offers and webpages that look legitimate to steal your information through phishing.

If you want to learn more about how to keep your personal information safe while using the internet, a skilled tax attorney could help you. Get your tax concerns answered today by filling out the contact form on this page.