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Tax time avoid cyber criminals

It's Tax Time. Time to Avoid Cyber Criminals.
Learn how with these 8 tips to protect your business.

Online criminals can steal your tax returns, cost you your life savings, and even steal money you haven't earned yet.
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Quick tips to help you protect yourself and your business:

  1. Make sure you have security software. Security software is the line of defence you need between cyber criminals and the financial data you keep on your computer, in your network, or in the cloud. Shop security products.
  2. Antivirus alone is not enough, you also need to backup your financial data. Backup your financial data to protect yourself and your company in the event your data is compromised. Shop backup and recovery products.
  3. Utilize encryption for sensitive data. Password protect directories and accounts to ensure your data is protected from outside threats. If you plan to use a wireless network to electronically file your taxes, be sure to use a secure Internet connection – never use public wireless hotspots. Shop encryption products.
  4. The IRS will never email you. Ever. If you get an email from the IRS or EFTPS (Electronic Federal Tax Payment System), don't respond. Instead, forward it to phishing@irs.gov. You should also know that the IRS will never call you by phone. Email threats about consequences for failing to respond or blocking access to your funds are always fraudulent.
  5. Protect personal or financial information online. Be suspicious if a company requests financial information such as your Social Security Number (SSN), bank or credit card account numbers, or security-related information like your mother's maiden name. The most lucrative tax return schemes are based on identity theft.
  6. Log out completely. Whether you're on a tax site, an online store, or any site in which you've entered personal information, remember one step: log out when you're done. If you don't, you're exposing identity information to cyberthieves. This is especially true if you're using a public computer or a shared work computer.
  7. Make your passwords difficult to guess. Choose passwords with care—don't select a recognizable word, or something obvious, such as "password" or your name. Make your passwords as long and as complex as you can.
  8. The postal system is not the safest way to receive checks from the IRS. Criminals look for unlocked mailboxes at tax time to steal tax return envelopes. Always have your refund directly deposited into your bank account to help ensure your money reaches you.

Your business is not too small to attract cyber attacks. In fact, small businesses have become an increasingly popular target. For additional tips, please visit The Symantec Confident SMB blog.

Did you know?

Thousands of online frauds, ID thefts, and tax-related online crimes hit small and medium size businesses (SMBs) every tax season. It's important to have up-to-date antivirus protection, but cybercrime goes beyond viruses and hacks. Protect yourself and your business.

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Digital dangers can destroy your business. Before filing taxes online, be sure you have up-to-date antivirus, antispyware, and firewall protection installed.

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