Security

Tax Awareness Week and Tip #2 of 5

Tax Awareness Week and Tip #2 of 5

Tax Awareness Week

Tax Identity Theft Awareness Week Tip #2: What should you do if you think your Social Security number has been stolen? Or if you get a letter from the IRS saying more than one tax return was filed in your name, or that IRS records show wages from an employer you don’t know? Call the IRS Identity Theft Protection Specialized Unit at 1-800-908-4490. Report the fraud and ask for IRS ID Theft Affidavit Form 14039. If you are a tax identity theft victim, the IRS may give you a personal PIN number to verify your identity and protect your file going forward. Learn more at ftc.gov/taxidtheft and irs.gov/identitytheft.

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Tax Awareness Week and Tip #1 of 5

Tax Awareness Week and Tip #1 of 5

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This week (Jan 26-30) is Tax Identity Theft Awareness Week. So we will be bringing you Information, tips, and links so you may become more aware about tax identity theft and IRS imposters.

Tax Identity Theft Awareness Week Tip #1: Tax identity theft happens when someone files a fake tax return using your personal information — like your Social Security number — to get a tax refund or a job. This week we’ll post tips to help you lessen the chance you’ll be a victim and learn what to do if you are. The first tip? File early in the tax season — if you can — to get your refund before identity thieves do. When you file, make sure you use a secure internet connection or mail your tax return directly from the post office to make it more difficult for thieves to get their hands on your personal information. Learn more at ftc.gov/taxidtheft and irs.gov/identitytheft.

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Password? Let’s Tell All!

Sadly, it’s really this easy to get someone’s password. Thanks Jimmy Kimmel for the laughs. But come on people, get serious about your passwords.

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Facebook Account Safety

Facebook Account Safety

Facebook is widely used by many people to share their daily activities and life events. However, how many users are aware of who exactly is seeing all this personal information? It’s important you know how to check the settings of your Facebook account and know how Facebook uses your information.

I’ll include two links, both are to Facebook, and relate to security tips and privacy settings. Take the time to go through all the steps and links provided to each topic and setting. Just be aware that by changing these settings, your information can not be guaranteed safe. There are too many factors which can affect your online safety, and they all need to be addressed, but first we will start with your Facebook Security and Privacy Settings.

Security Tips:
https://www.facebook.com/help/379220725465972/

Privacy Settings:
https://www.facebook.com/help/325807937506242/

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Facebook Permission Notice – Hoax

fb hoax dislikeIt’s the new year, but yet old hoaxes still resurface. The current hoax hitting the internet pertains to Facebook and Users posting a Permission Notice to their wall.  This one actually goes back as far as 2010. I’m not putting the very lengthy “notice” here, but a quick summary is as a Facebook user you no longer allow FB to use any content from your wall.

Every social media platform, every app, and all software, have a use and policy statement, often know as a end-user license agreement (EULA). It is presented to the user,  who must agree to the terms by checking  a box, or some other method. This alone would predate any new notice you might want to publicly decree in regards to what you allow to be used or shared by the software or company.

Me not being a layer, will not attempt to go into the legality of the “notice”; nor how it doesn’t really even applies. If as a user you are truly concerned about your privacy and protection of your personal information; you’d better take the time to read the EULA. Better yet, let your lawyer read it and give you the breakdown. A quick Google search will return several pages of this hoax with the top return belonging to Snopes – Facebook Privacy Notice. To read what Facebook has to say, follow this link for Facebook Terms and Policies.

If you are going to be on Facebook you should be aware of what your account settings are and how you can control who sees your posts and how other applications and company can use your information. In a future post, I’ll provide information that can help you check and update these settings.

 

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National Consumer Protection Week

Looking to protect yourself from fraud, identity theft, and scams? Maybe you’re wondering about the best way to use credit, how to shop for a used car, or maximize your security online. MaxM Technology has information for you during this week of National Consumer Protection Week, which takes place the first full week of March each year. During the next week we will be posting information to help keep you, our customers, informed and aware so you can protect yourself. So get involved and share this info with you family and friends, its easier to prevent scams and frauds, than to repair damage to your identity, credit, or your banking account.  You may also visit www.ncpw.gov for more information about free educational resources and to read blog posts from national consumer protection experts.  

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