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Advice to Protect Your Passwords

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Do you use the same password for each of your online accounts? While it is easy to remember one password, that also adds a level of risk to your information stored online. Same passwords are the major reason for phishing scams, which are successful for retrieving password information. 


The Strategic Tax Lawyers, a firm with expert tax attorneys want to share this information that may seem not so important. However, identity theft is very common nowadays and protecting your passwords may be one step to protecting your identity.  If a criminal gets access to your password for only one account, chances are, he can use that same account information to log on to other accounts.

The state and federal (IRS) revenue departments, as well as other tax professionals are joining forces to help fight against identity theft.  Tax professionals work together to secure your identity and that’s a big deal. This partnership they hope will make a difference in the level of identity theft schemes that occur so often.  In addition, there is agreement to start initiating stronger standards when you access the newest tax software products when it comes time to file your taxes. New standards will include password requirements, such as more than eight characters, with both and upper case and lower letters, numbers and a special character.  This year, there will be a new timed lockout feature and you will be locked out after a certain number of unsuccessful log-in attempts. In addition, you will find that you will need to answer a set of security questions.


Some other new protections that will be taken too further increase your identity protection will include verification of your email address.  Also, you may receive a PIN access code to your email address or via text. You will be asked to verify your account before you can begin using your tax software. These extra precautions are being put in place for all new software to combat identity theft and to protect innocent taxpayers. Many taxpayers using the software may not be able to see the added layers of protection, but rest assured that there are extra protections in place for the upcoming tax season.


The Strategic Tax Lawyers would like everyone to take these steps and to also start thinking about the passwords that you use for other accounts.  Tax professionals suggest using passwords that have a variation of letters, numbers and special characters; and the longer the password, the stronger it is. Most importantly, you should use different passwords for each of your accounts. The last tip is to change your passwords regularly.

 

We all have a role to play in fighting identity theft. Join with us to fight identity theft. If you are looking for Los Angeles Tax Lawyers, contact the Strategic Tax Lawyers, a firm of Intent to Levy Lawyers, IRS CP504 Attorneys, and Audit Tax Attorneys who have extensive training and experience in IRS-related matters and the IRS tax code.  If you have any legal issues with the IRS related to your taxes, call the Strategic Tax Lawyers today at (800) 669-4775 for a free consultation.  You will get your issue resolved in the most efficient manner possible.