Quick Security Tips for Tax Professionals
- Don't share email passwords.
- Don't open attachments from suspicious sources.
- Don't click links from suspicious sources.
- Do be cautious even with sources that look legitimate.
- Do forward suspicious emails to email@example.com.
- Do alert the IRS if you may have sent private data to an unauthorized party: firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Do alert the Tax Commission if you may have sent private data to an unauthorized party: email@example.com.
Don't take the bait!
- Check for weak security on wireless devices
- Remote takeovers of practitioners' business network can be devastating. Read more on the IRS website [08-08-2017]
- IRS recommends: Don't pay the ransom
- Ransomware attacks on increase; tax practitioners have been targeted. Read more on the IRS website [08-01-2017]
- Increase in identity theft involving business-related tax returns
- Three to five data breaches reported each week. Read more on the IRS website [07-25-2017]
- Account takeover tactics detailed
- Criminals do their homework, finding personal clues about you online so they can take over your account. Read more on the IRS website [07-18-2017]
- Emails appearing to be from trusted source are from criminals
- 91% of cyberattacks and data breaches begin with a "spear phishing email." Read more on the IRS website [07-12-2017]
- Spoofed requests look like they're from organization executive
- A dangerous scam targets HR and payroll departments requesting employee information and/or W-2s. Read more on the IRS website [03-28-2017]
- Warning for Human Resources and Financial Professionals - New Scam (04-19-2017)
Protect Your Client, Protect Yourself
The IRS has provided over 30 security awareness tax tips all linked from one page. Read them to protect your client and protect yourself.