There are more people now than ever before who are filing their taxes via cloud computing (Read: What is Cloud Computing?). As with anything that has a steady and unwavering growth pattern year over year, there are many benefits to filing your taxes online. However, the sensitive nature of tax documents exposes many internet security risks.
Internet security will always be an issue, so does that mean that we should avoid this convenient and advanced way of filing taxes? No, but it means that you need to be aware of the risks, the tips to keep you safe, and the importance of cloud computing insurance.
Risks for Filing Taxes With Cloud Computing
The risks for filing taxes using cloud computing are expansive. Your social security number is an identity thief’s golden ticket to take complete advantage of your monetary savings, your credit score and essentially all of your personal records. Be careful about sending any emails that contain this important number and be aware of the security settings on your computer when e-filing any and all documents that contain it.
The unfortunate truth is that there will never be an end to internet security issues. Hackers are always exploring new ways to breach the system. They hack not only to steal valuable information but simply for the thrill of the challenge as well. Hackers will find ways to take advantage of the smallest flaw, including everything from unsafe passwords to opening up “emails from the IRS” (who, FYI, never contacts people via email).
Internet Security Tips for Staying Safe When Filing Taxes Online
When filing taxes online always use a secure password that you have never used before. A long combination of letters and numbers is always best. Never file on a public network and always ensure that the network you are on is password protected. Close all other windows and browsers and focus solely on completing your return until you submit. Don’t ever leave an open window unattended with your tax information always make sure to log out when finished. It’s best not to post anything socially about when you plan on filing and don’t broadcast the fact that you got a large return: this could make you a target for hackers the following year.
Support Your Own Security Measures with Cloud Computing Insurance
While the above tips will help keep your information secure, it is not always enough. Again, no matter how secure you think you are, internet security is not perfect. Cloud computing insurance is an important coverage for everyone who uses Internet, but it is especially imperative for businesses that file company taxes on their cloud. This includes corporations, small businesses and institutions that provide cloud computing to people who may not have another computer to e-file taxes on, such as on-campus college students.
Contact Insuring Tech and speak to a professional today about cloud computing insurance.