Tax Season Security Threats You Need to Know

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The third annual National Tax Security Awareness campaign started yesterday. Through December 7, it will highlight a daily security topic and mark the launch of a special @IRSTaxSecurity Twitter handle that will keep you aware of emerging threats throughout the 2019 tax filing season. For almost two decades, Altima Business Solutions has been designing, implementing and safely maintaining financial management systems for small businesses. We understand these threats! Here are some basic steps to protect yourself: Secure your networks It’s critical that you secure your network, both electronically and physically. Unless you are an expert, make sure to consult with one. Don’t know anyone? We can recommend these two locally owned firms: Refresh IT PCIT Technology Solutions   Understand security rules and follow them Phishing emails: Phishing emails account for such a large portion of cyber attacks, 90 to 95 percent per IRONSCALES’ 2017 Email Security Report, because companies fail to teach employees about the danger: Do not provide password or any other personal information. Reputable institutions do not ask for it via email. They use secure messaging. Do not open any attachment from an unknown source. Do not click on any embedded buttons or links, especially those that say “unsubscribe” or “remove me from this mailing list.” Instead, block the sender. If in doubt, call the sender. Password: According to the 2017 Verizon Data Breach Investigations Report, “81% of hacking-related breaches leveraged either stolen and/or weak passwords.” Use long and unique passwords Issue guidelines for your employees Vary your passwords to make it tougher for cybercriminals to use credentials stolen from one site to access your data on...
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