In today’s age of online shopping, online banking, and email databases, it’s more important than ever to be safe online. The IRS shares some of their top tips on how to protect your data:
• Update Your Security Software – Most computers come with a built-in security software in their operating system, and it’s important to always keep your computer up to date to make sure it’s running properly. You can also purchase security software from external companies. Just make sure to research the company first to make sure they’re not a scam.
• Only Provide Data to “https://” Sites – Earlier this year, Google released an update requiring any sites that gather data, such as credit card information, to be a secure site. This means that their website will start with “https://” instead of “http://.” This update helps keep your data safe.
• Be Cautious When Using Public Wireless Networks – Working in a coffee shop with free Wi-Fi is convenient, but these wireless networks aren’t always secure. Be careful about what information you share while connected to these free wireless networks, especially if they don’t require a password.
* This information is not intended to be a substitute for specific individualized tax advice. We suggest that you discuss your specific tax issues with a qualified tax professional.
Tip adapted from IRS.gov