Tax day is Thursday, and the nation is scrambling to complete their taxes, companies as well as individuals. Many organizations are considering filing online to benefit from faster return times through direct deposit and wire transfers—in fact, the Federal government and many states incentivize online filing. Last year, nearly 95 million returns were e-filed. However, before you file with the IRS online, make sure the information is secure. Tax documents contain sensitive financial information, and it’s important to make sure no one can gain access to it. This time, hacks, man in the middle attacks (MITM) and other scams are widespread. Here are some tips to keep get rid of one tax season headache:
- Check your connection—is it secure and encrypted?
- Use a VPN with a built-in firewall—especially if you are using public Wi-Fi.
- Make sure your wireless connection is password protected—hackers can identity keystrokes and learn your information.
- Add more authentication measures, such as PKI certificates, to avoid MITM attacks.
- Make sure all of your software, including your AntiVirus, Internet browsers and other applications, are up-to-date.
For additional security measures, visit the IRS’ Web site at www.irs.gov.