Tax Tips – Stay Safe While Shopping Online

It’s the most wonderful time of the year for online shopping! Buy your holiday gifts with ease with these tips on how to protect your data online:

    • Don’t enter your credit card information if you’re connected to an unsecure Wi-Fi network.

    • Only shop at sites that you know and make sure they have an “https://:” URL (the “s” in the URL means that it’s secure).

    • Recognize phishing emails, never click on links you don’t know, and report scams that ask for financial information to the IRS.

    • Keep your computer and security software up to date.

    • Use strong, long, and unique passwords. Use a combination of letters, numbers, and special characters.

    • Use multifactor authentication when available. These sites, like email servers and banking websites, will require a code be sent to your phone number to be able to log in.

    • Encrypt sensitive data on your computer.

* This information is not intended to be a substitute for specific individualized tax advice. We suggest that you discuss your specific tax issues with a qualified tax professional.

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