BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) - It's tax season, and scammers are ready to pounce.
After a slight delay, the IRS has finally started to accept tax returns with itemized deductions. If you're like millions of Americans you'll be filing your tax return online this year. But before you start crunching those numbers, make sure your computer is safe, secure and ready.
It's aimed at making a complicated process a little bit simpler. But if you're not careful, it can put sensitive financial information at risk. So before you get started on preparing your tax return online, experts suggest you get your computer as secure as it can be.
That means you want malware and anti-virus software, and you want your information encrypted.
Never prepare your online return while using wi-fi hotspot, like at a coffee shop, library or airport. That connection might be free now, but it could cost you later on.
Once you've chosen a reputable tax preparation site, create a password that combines letters, numbers and symbols, and make sure it's exclusive to your taxes and not the same as other sites.
Never share passwords between your social networking sites, your email site and anything to do with financial services because the problem is, if someone were to get their hands on your password, they would suddenly have the gateway to your entire life.
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