Best Defense against IRS taxpayer Identity theft is a strong password.
Just before the season on electronic filing and returns, the IRS reminds you to protect yourself. Taxpayer identity theft has grown exponentially in the last few years, but with Stronger passwords, you can guard identity for yourself and your business.
- Use word phrases that are easy for you alone to remember.
- Use at least 8 characters, more is better
- Combine letters, numbers and symbols
- Avoid personal information (birthdays etc.) or common passwords.
- Never keep the default passwords that come with accounts or devices
- Store password lists in a secure location, not next to or within your computer.
- Do not share or email passwords to others.
- Use different passwords for different devices and apps. A password manager such as Dashlane, LastPass, RoboForm, Bitwarden or other password manager can help you save passwords securely, and give you access as needed.