7 Tips for Keeping Your Identity Safe During Tax Season

Christine Fitzgerald
Friday, February 19, 2016 - 11:45am

Tax season is upon us and it's a time when there can be an increase in cyber attacks. Don't fall victim to these malicious attackers! Here are seven tips to keep your identity safe this tax season.

Using the following seven tips will greatly reduce your exposure to identity theft and phishing attacks, both of which seek to gain access to your families' information:

  1. Protect your password. Many of us use the same sign-on and password over and over for our online accounts. This is why phishing scams, which often seek password information, are so successful. Click on the link to learn more about password security
  2. Talk to your family about online security. For families with children and aging parents, it’s important to make sure everyone guards their personal information online and at home. Click on the link to learn more about talking with your family about online security
  3. Protect your computer online. Scammers, hackers and identity thieves are looking to steal your personal information – and your money. But there are simple steps you can take to help protect yourself. Click on the link to learn more about protecting your computer online
  4. Avoid phishing and malware. In the cyber world of phishing, the sentences are “bait” – lures from emails, telephone calls and texts all designed to separate you from your cash, your passwords, your social security number or your very identity. Don't take the bait! Click on the link to learn more about phishing and malware.
  5. Protect your personal information. Your Social Security number, credit card numbers, and bank and utility account numbers can be used to steal your money or open new accounts in your name. Click on the link to learn more about protecting your personal information online.
  6. Perform deep security scans on your computer drives before filing your tax forms. Already in 2016, the IRS is seeing multiple email phishing scams – some posing as the IRS – targeting tax preparers. Click on the link to learn more about performing a deep security scan on your drives before filling out your tax forms
  7. Keep your tax records secure. If you’re still keeping old tax returns and receipts stuffed in a shoe box stuck in the back of the closet, you might want to rethink that approach. Click on the link to learn more about securing your tax records and yourself from identity theft.

These are just a few of the ways that you can reduce your families’ exposure to identity theft and phishing attacks while online. It's always important to BE SMART, BE AWARE, and NEVER give out personal information to an untrusted source.

Tufts Technology Services is committed to providing the most secure computing environment possible. If you have questions about information security at Tufts, please visit the Information Security section of this site. If you believe your computer or identity has been compromised, please contact the TTS Service Desk by calling 617.627.3376 (for fastest service) or via email at it@tufts.edu.