With so much of our lives spent online, it’s more important than ever to protect our information. Even sharing everyday information like where you were born can help someone access your personal and financial information. Read our tips below for ways to help you and your family stay safe in the digital world.
Watch out for digital scams such as spoofed and bogus websites, phishing emails and texts, and fake apps. Scam artists also send out shipping notices or tracking messages pretending to be from mailing or shipping companies.
Beware of websites and emails offering incredible deals on electronics, clothing and more. Don't click links until you've verified the retailer is legitimate.
Verify the merchant's website is secure by checking for an https:// in the web address and an icon of a padlock on either side of the URL.
Avoid using a public or unsecured Wifi network while shopping online.
Beware aware of email, phone and text phishing attempts, especially during tax season. Legitimate companies, including the IRS, will not ask you to provide or verify sensitive information through non-secure means, such as email or text.
File your taxes as early as possible during tax season. Consider filing one even if you aren't required to, which can help prevent someone else from filing in your name.