Cybersecurity on a LaptopThe IRS urges people to defend themselves against cyber scams during and after tax season by properly securing computers, tablets and phones. Solid cybersecurity protection and scam recognition is vital to reduce the threat of identity theft.

Here are 10 tips to help minimize exposure to fraud and identity theft:

  1. Safeguard personal data
  2. Protect personal information
  3. Use strong passwords
  4. Set password and encryption protections for wireless networks
  5. Avoid phishing scams
  6. Use security software
  7. Educate those less experienced about online safety
  8. Back up files
  9. Know the risk of public Wi-Fi
  10. Review ID Theft Central

The IRS doesn’t initiate contact with taxpayers by email, text messages or social media channels to request personal or financial information. Generally, the IRS first mails a paper bill to a person who owes taxes. In some special situations, the IRS will call or come to a home or business.

If you’d like more details about these 10 cybersecurity tips, check out this article from the IRS.

People should be alert to scammers posing as the IRS to steal personal information. If you have any questions, contact us or visit to find more cybersecurity resources.

Mike Shoffner
Chief Compliance & Security Officer