File Taxes Early to Avoid Tax Fraud and Identity Theft

Get Ahead of Tax Fraud and Identity Theft 

Filing your taxes can be a pain, but dealing with tax fraud and identity theft can be even worse. As we scramble to compile our W-2s and file our returns by the April deadline, we often forget that tax season is also considered open season for identity thieves. 

Many of last year’s large-scale data breaches (like Equifax and Alteryx) have already given identity thieves a leg-up in the tax fraud and identity theft game. These breach events exposed a multitude of personal and financial information that experts predict will be used to fraudulently file tax returns this year. 

Fraudsters also effectively cover their bases by using a variety of tax-related scams that play on a victim’s fears. Scammers hope they can convince you to hand over personal and financial information to be used in other crimes. 

What should you look for? What can you do? Find all the answers to your tax crime-related questions concerning your personal information, the scams targeting you and best tax-filing practices.     Continue reading

Our Digital World: 2018 Identity Security Resolutions

Identity Security: A Holistic Approach

As we move forward into the new year, we look back on 2017 to see how fraud and identity theft have impacted us, and what we can do to start 2018 on the right foot. Fraudsters have turned to email scams, spoofed websites, fake messages and malicious software to facilitate a number of identity crimes.

Today’s world of digital identity crime requires us to look at identity security in three parts: a focus on cybersecurity, financial awareness and identity protection to effectively secure your most valued asset – your identity. Let’s look at a few 2018 Identity Security Resolutions to see how we can improve our overall identity security in the coming new year. Continue reading

Anti-Malware Protection: A Gift That Keeps On Giving

The Need for Anti-Malware Protection 

The holiday season is an exciting time for both consumers and fraudsters. The hustle and bustle gives criminals ample opportunity for cyberattack, phishing and malware infections. 

It’s especially important that you’re prepared for the influx of phishing schemes and cyberattacks that you can expect this holiday season. No matter what time of year, we strongly recommend that you protect your computer and other devices with anti-malware or anti-virus software. In fact, security experts detected 172 million malware attacks just in Q2 of 2016 alone. 

Many of you may be wondering: “Who cares? Who needs anti-malware software?” This guide will walk you through the need for anti-malware protection during the holidays and year-round. Plus, see which free anti-malware programs are recommended to protect your devices without breaking your budget.   Continue reading