Use the phone lock function to protect your app or browser based accounts
Delete text message alerts that you set up on your financial accounts after you receive them
Never text personal information such as account numbers, social security numbers, passwords, etc.
Remember to remove or change your mobile number if you lose or replace your mobile device and service
Always log off apps when you are finished using them
Never store personal information on your mobile device
Always upgrade to the latest mobile operating system to be sure you have the latest security protection in place
Only download apps from reputable sources, such as the store built into your device
File early. Filing your tax return as soon as possible gives criminals less time to use your information to file a false return.
File on a protected Wi-Fi network. If you use an online service to file your return, be sure you're connected to a password-protected personal network. Avoid using public networks like a Wi‐Fi hotspot at a coffee shop.
Use a secure mailbox. If you're filing by mail, drop your tax return at the post office or an official postal box.
Find a tax professional you trust. If you hire someone to do your taxes, get recommendations and do your research before handing over your financial information.
Shred what you don't need. Once you've completed your tax return, shred the sensitive documents that you no longer need and safely file the ones you do.
Beware of phishing scams by email, text or phone. If the IRS needs information, they will contact you by mail first. They will not contact you by email, text or social media.
Watch for missing mail. Contact the IRS immediately if you don't receive your W‐2s, and your employer indicates they've been mailed, or if your mail has been previously opened upon delivery.