More e-filings means more information online
Since the Internal Revenue Service started processing tax returns on Wednesday the rush to e-file is on.
Experts say that people who are e-filing need to take proper precautions to protect their personal information. Andreas Baumhof with ThreatMetrix says the most common ways thieves try to get your information is through email. They send you an email that links you to a site that looks just like the IRS website but it is fake. They then use the information you input to steal tax refunds and your identity.
The other most common way is my infecting legitimate sites with malware that then sends the information to the thieves without you ever knowing.
Baumhof says to stay safe make sure you are not using email links to go to sites, make sure you have different passwords for different logins, and keep your computer updated and clean with anti-malware and anti-spyware programs.