The IRS published Tax Tip 2018-129 to help tax professionals create strong passwords but the advice is good for all taxpayers to use to protect their data.  The list below is from the IRS and you can read the full tax tip by clicking here.

  • Opt for a multi-factor authentication process when available. Many email providers now offer customers two-factor authentication protections to access email accounts.
  • Use word phrases that are easy to remember rather than random letters, characters and numbers that are harder to remember. By using a phrase, preparers don’t have to write down the password, which exposes it to more risk.
  • Use strong, unique passwords for all accounts, whether it’s to access a device, tax software products, cloud storage, wireless networks or encryption technology.
  • Use a minimum of eight characters; longer is better.
  • Use a combination of letters, numbers and symbols; something like SomethingYouCanRemember@30!
  • Avoid personal information or common passwords.
  • Change default and temporary passwords that come with accounts or devices.
  • Not reuse passwords. For example, changing Bgood!17 to Bgood!18 is not good enough.
  • Not use email addresses as usernames.
  • Store any password list in a secure location, such as a safe or locked file cabinet.
  • Not disclose passwords to anyone for any reason.
  • Use a password manager program to track passwords, but protect it with a strong password.

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