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Each year millions of people fall victim to identity theft. Online scammers will find ways to enter your computer, or convince you to send them sensitive information, in order to use your identity for their personal use. Educating yourself on how to protect your computer and tax information can keep you from losing a lot more than just a few dollars.

Security Software
Installing a security software on your computer is your first line of defense against any person looking to steal your identity. These programs will include a firewall, anti-virus, anti-spam, and privacy protection; all of which will give you a secure internet experience. As a rule of caution, do not click on emails or pop-ups that advertise security software because they are most likely scams.

Password Strength
Common passwords include simple words and digits that are easy to guess or are relatable to that person. Never use birthdays, names, or common words like “password.” For each password you create you should make sure they are significantly long in characters, have numbers mixed in, and utilize capitalization.

Phishing
Emails that are sent to you asking you to reset your passwords are generally scammers looking to steal your information. These identity thieves will pose as the IRS, or other financial associations, asking you to update or send your information to them. Any accredited financial business will never ask you for highly sensitive information via email.

Protecting yourself from internet hackers, scammers, and thieves can be done with a few simple steps. Filing your taxes online without protection is an easy way for your identity to become stolen. To learn more about identity theft, or for help with your taxes, rely on the pros at Berkow, Schechter & Company LLP by calling (203) 356-1061.

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