Will you file taxes for the first time this year? Maybe this is your second or third time. Whether you’re new to the process, or a veteran, you should know some 1040 Defense!
Here are some pointers to help you outsmart scammers:
- Use reputable tax prep services. Attackers use malicious websites that look real. See Avoiding Social Engineering and Phishing Attacks and Understanding Web Site Certificates
- Use security features. When there are enhanced security features on your devices and on websites, take advantage of them. They add layers of protection when used appropriately. See Choosing and Protecting Passwords and Supplementing Passwords
- READ privacy policies! Be careful sharing your information. Know how a company will use or distribute your information. See Protecting Your Privacy and How Anonymous Are You?
- Don’t overshare. Attackers can use seemingly innocent information from your posts and photos to piece together information that allows them to gain access to accounts. See Guidelines for Publishing Information Online
- Check your account activity often. Pay close attention to your bank and credit card statements. Credit monitoring services are helpful in keeping track of what is open in your name. You are entitled to free annual copies of your credit report from each of the major credit reporting agencies. It is recommended that you stagger your requests from each agency throughout the year. See AnnualCreditReport.com
No one is completely immune to identity theft during tax season. Even public officials can be victims.