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DIG this week's security tip


Each year, tax season is a prime target for cybercriminals who use various methods to get access to your personal information or your tax refund. In fact, the number of reports of suspicious activity in 2022 has jumped to over eight million, up from two million in 2021.

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Here are some common cyber threats you should be on the lookout for during tax season:

  1. Be extra suspicious of emails from tax agencies or financial institutions. Fake emails are used by cybercriminals to trick you into clicking on malicious links or to reveal personal information.

  2. Cybercriminals use stolen personal information to file fraudulent tax returns. To reduce this risk, file your taxes as early as possible and monitor your accounts for any suspicious activity.

  3. As always, avoid using public Wi-Fi networks to access sensitive information or submit tax documents. These networks can be easily compromised, leaving your data vulnerable to theft.

  4. Keep your devices updated with the latest security patches and antivirus software to protect against known vulnerabilities.

By being vigilant and taking proactive steps to protect your personal information, you can keep your identity and tax information safe from cybercriminals.

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