The week of December 2nd through the 6th is National Tax Security Awareness Week and the #IRS and Security Summit partners want to make you aware of various security risks.
#TaxSecurity Awareness Week
It’s not just shopping season for you, it’s also shopping season for cybercriminals & identity thieves who want to steal your data to file fraudulent tax returns. The IRS provides simple steps for online safety to protect tax returns and refunds. Remember, while you’re looking for the perfect gift, cybercriminals are looking for ways to steal your data.
National TaxSecurity Awareness Week is a good time to learn how to recognize and avoid phishing scams that pose as trusted sources, like financial institutions or the IRS. There’s no fool-proof technology to defend against phishing scams — YOU are your best defense. One way criminals steal your bank account, passwords, credit cards or SSN is by asking for it. Learn to recognize phishing scams and IRS impersonators.
For National TaxSecurity Awareness Week, IRS urges everyone, taxpayers and TaxPros alike, to protect online accounts with current password guidance: www.irs.gov/securitysummit. Become familiar with stronger passwords standards to protect against cybercriminals. Always use strong passwords on any type of online account to protect against savvy cybercriminals.
Identity Theft and Small Businesses
The IRS and the Security Summit have taken steps to identify and prevent business identity theft. Awareness of business identity theft is a key component. Be aware of certain signs that may indicate identity theft has occurred to businesses.