These five tips can help protect you against dangerous cybercriminals online.
Trend Micro security software is your best bet
We stress investing in security software a lot here at DeBug because it’s essential to protecting your sensitive information from cybercriminals. Every day, there are at least 350,000 new instances of new malware being created and detected. Unwanted programs and apps can easily prey on hopeless victims and their sensitive information.
Reputable security software companies like Trend Micro work tirelessly to build digital brick walls from countless enemies. Investing in a security software program saves you money in the long run.
“Free money” is always a red flag
Any ads claiming to give you free money for using their site during tax season are ploys to take your money. The online world can be a scary place. Be wary of any ads that seem too good to be true.
Strong passwords usually mean a safe workspace on your computer
We know. You hear this all the time. But establishing strong and complex passwords across different electronic devices provides an extra barrier of security against cybercriminals. Password managers like LastPass can help you remember every letter and number needed for so many accounts on your computer. And it can be free depending on your desired plan.
Beware of IRS scam calls
Scam calls are an annoyance everyone hates dealing with. But especially during tax season, scammers are on the prowl. They may declare you filed your taxes incorrectly and ask for immediate payment. Scammers might even threaten a lawsuit. But be safe in the knowledge the IRS will never surprise you. If you get a call from them, it’s after numerous letters sent to your address.
If you engage with this scammer, report the contact to http://www.treasury.gov/tigta to help prevent future victims of an IRS-related coronavirus scam. iPhone also offers the ability to automatically silence unknown callers with iOS13 and later. You may also block unknown numbers with an Android under settings.
Avoid suspicious or phishing emails
Cybercriminals may ask for your financial information via tempting emails posing as legitimate sites online. During tax season, it is especially helpful to be self-aware and cautious of everything you read. With Trend Micro, this scam probably won’t even reach you. Yet, if you do see a phishing email, the IRS kindly asks the public to forward these emails to firstname.lastname@example.org.