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It’s that time of year again when businesses and individuals alike are making holiday plans and shopping for client gifts as well as for family and friends. In today’s busy society, cyber shopping has become the norm. Let’s be honest—we all do it because it is convenient and it saves time.
To help protect against cybercriminals stealing identities, Tax Help Advisors, LLC, the IRS, state tax agencies, and the nation’s tax industry urges people to review new, stronger standards to protect the passwords of their online accounts. Doing so will help protect against cybercriminals who want to access people’s accounts and steal their identities.
The latest guidance suggests using a passphrase such as a favorite line from a movie or a series of associated words rather than using a password. The idea is to create a passphrase that can be remembered easily and protect the account. This means passwords like – “uE*s3P%8V)” – are out. Longer, personal phrases people can remember are now preferred.
The National Institute of Standards and Technology, which is a branch of the U.S. Department of Commerce, suggests three steps people can follow to build a better password:
In addition to creating strong passwords, people can:
At Tax Help Advisors, LLC we are committed to working together with the IRS, state tax agencies, and the tax industry to fight against tax-related identity theft and to protect taxpayers. We urge you to be cautious during this season of busy online shopping and take the necessary steps to protect your online data.