Tax Time Guide: Make protecting tax and financial information a habit

Tax Time Guide: Make protecting tax and financial information a habit

Posted March 11, 2021

Tax Time Guide: Make protecting tax and financial information a habit

  • The Internal Revenue Service today urged people to continue practicing proper cybersecurity habits by securing computers, phones and other devices.
  • As a reminder, the IRS doesn’t initiate contact with taxpayers by email, text messages or social media channels to request personal or financial information. Generally, the IRS first mails a paper bill to a person who owes taxes.
  • A few tips to help minimize exposure to fraud and identity theft:
    • Protect personal information. Treat personal information like cash – don’t hand it out to just anyone.
    • Set password and encryption protections for wireless networks.
    • Never download “security” software from a pop-up ad.
    • Use security software. An anti-virus program should provide protection from viruses, Trojans, spyware and adware. The IRS urges people, especially tax professionals, to use an anti-virus program and always keep it up to date.
    • Set security software to update automatically so it can be updated as threats emerge.
    • Back up files. No system is completely secure. Copy important files, including federal and state tax returns, onto removable discs or back-up drives and cloud storage.

| March 11, 2021