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Tax time is coming, and hackers are ready.
increase in hacking attempts during the tax season.  Hackers are trying to take advantage ot the
opportunity for identity theft using your tax documents.

You can still do your taxes online, but there are steps you can take to be secure.  First off, every
computer should have paid, updated antivirus software installed on the computer.  We still
recommend Kaspersky Internet Security, and sell it as it what we have used both personally and
professionally since 2006 without any viruses or issues.  There are other good antivirus products
out there, but Kaspersky is the only one that we've tested and used extensively.

Another safe practice is to not save any tax documents on your computer, save them to a cd, or
a usb drive so if your computer is compromised by a hacker, they will not be able to find your
important information.

If you are going to file your taxes online, make sure that the computer you are using is up to date
with windows updates, as well as an updated java, and adobe software.  Next, make sure your
antivirus software is up to date, and run a full scan to make sure your computer is clean before
you start filing your online taxes.  You should also research what company or website you are
using to file your taxes, a quick Google search will often let you know if a site or company is safe
or not.

The last point, and this is true for any emails in general, DO NOT open any email attachments
unless you know for a fact that the person sending the email is sending you information.  Just
because the sender is known to you, doesnt make an attachment safe, if their email account is
infected, it will send infected attachments or web site links out to people on their friends list
hoping to infect other people.  In general, I do not click on web links or attachments in emails.  If
you are worried that your computer may have a virus, Compudoc Computer Repair Phoenix AZ
can help!