Taking online security seriously can help people keep their information safe and out of the hands of identity thieves and scammers. It only takes a few simple steps to avoid common security pitfalls. By following these tips, consumers and taxpayers can reduce the risk of losing their identity, money or accounts to criminals.
Always protect personal data
Personal information can include things like birthdays, addresses, age and Social Security numbers. People should only provide their data when necessary and after verifying the identity of the requestor. If someone requests personal or financial information, taxpayers should verify their request separately. For government employees, this could include contacting the agency or visiting the agency’s website.
Only shop at reputable retailers
Everyone should shop at reputable online retailers. People should only shop on secure sites avoid any websites with invalid certificates. The…