This video was published by the IRS.

Thieves are working 24/7 to steal your identity. Here are some quick and easy steps you can take to protect yourself online:

  • Use security software for computers and mobile phones and set it to update automatically.
  • Use strong and unique passwords for all accounts.
  • Use two-factor authentication whenever possible. Many financial institutions, media providers, and social media sites offer this feature.
  • Backup your files on computers and mobile phones.
  • Secure your WiFi. Thieves can eavesdrop on public WiFi or your personal WiFi if it’s not password protected.
  • Shop at sites that start with HTTPS, because the “S” designates secure.
  • Thieves have become more adept at compromising mobile phones, so make sure you secure your phone as you would your computer or tablet.

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