The IRS is now officially open for business as tax season gets underway. In honor of Data Privacy Day on Jan. 28, here are three ways you can protect yourself over the next few months as you manage important, and sensitive, financial documents.
Stay on secured networks: As with other financial transactions, make sure to only e-file your taxes (or view private documents) on a protected Wi-Fi network. You may be tempted to work from a coffee shop or the library, but remember using a public server can make you an easy target for cyber thieves.
Beware of IRS emails: The Internal Revenue Service will never directly reach out to you; if you receive a fraudulent message report it immediately to firstname.lastname@example.org. Use caution when dealing with these and be sure not to click on web links or open suspicious email attachments.
Set strong passwords: Most of us may think that choosing a password such as “password” or “123456” is an obvious mistake but according to TIME, these are in fact the most popular password picks. Review their list of these commonly used passwords and make necessary adjustments to yours to ensure your information stays safe online.