Tax experts can say that with confidence, without knowing any of the details, because the IRS does not solicit payments by phone. It will not send emails. If the agency needs information from you, they write a letter first.
There's a new twist on a tax scam that might put filers' information at risk: fraudsters pretending to be a company's CEO. The approach is a technique involving phishing, when thieves pretend to be someone or something they aren't, such as a bank employee, and ask unsuspecting people for personal information such as Social Security numbers. The fraudster's goal is to gather enough data to file a fake claim on the filer's behalf, pocketing their refund.
Coming soon to a neighborhood near you: cybersecurity tutorials, sponsored in part by the federal government. The White House’s cybersecurity national action plan, released Tuesday as part of a $19 billion investment in bolstering online safety across the federal government, aims to empower Americans to boost their own security awareness through public education campaigns. It comes after embarrassing breaches of government agencies, such as that of the Office of Personnel Management, and the manipulation of an Internal Revenue Service’s own website by hackers.
Who would have thought that, for healthcare professionals, performing surgery, working long hours and navigating the dense world of U.S. health law would be easier than protecting hospital computer networks? That, however, appears to be the case after yet another hospital was victimized in a cyberattack. It’s just the latest example of a U.S. medical provider on the wrong end of a digital assault made possible by a lack of security measures.
Concerned with security and privacy online, consumers are turning away from companies they don't consider trustworthy stewards of their personal data. According to a study released Thursday by the data privacy company TRUSTe and the National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA), 89 percent of respondents said they wouldn’t patronize companies that don't adequately protect their data. This is down slightly from last year's 91 percent.
How concerned are American consumers about their data privacy? The answer: very. A new report from the TRUSTe/National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA) Consumer Privacy Index reveals that more Americans are worried about their data privacy than they are about losing their main source of income. Worries over online privacy topped the loss of personal income by 11 percentage points, the report said.
The holiday decorations are put away but one nagging chore remains — what to do with old computers and phones now that you've got shiny new ones. It's a common and long-term problem for many.