Customers With Disabilities

Tax Time is a Good Time to be Vigilant Online

by Employee on ‎03-22-2012 03:50 PM

michael kaiser 1.jpgMichael Kaiser, executive director of the National Cyber Security Alliance, shares some tips about online privacy as part of the international observance of Data Privacy Day on Saturday, Jan. 28.  Michael joined NCSA in 2008 and prior to that spent 25 years in the field of victim's services at the National Center for Victims of Crime and other organizations.


There are three things that are certain in life: death, taxes and tax scams.


As the calendar approaches April 15 each year, the number of IRS-related scams seems to grow.

Tax season is a good time to be aware of potential phishing scams and other attempts to steal personal or financial information.


Phishing attacks use email or malicious Web sites to collect personal and financial information. Attackers may send urgent emails that request account information, seemingly from a reputable credit cardtax time 2.jpg company or financial institution or government agency. When users respond with the requested information, attackers can use it to gain access to the accounts.


It’s important to note that the IRS does not use email or social media to request personal or financial information.

If you get an unsolicited email that appears to be from the IRS, you can forward the email to

The IRS website has more information about phishing scams.


Here are some other ways to avoid getting scammed this tax season:


    • Keep a Clean Machine -- Having the latest security software, web browser, and operating system are the best defenses against viruses, malware, and other online threats.
    • When in doubt, throw it out -- Links in email, tweets, posts, and online advertising are often the way cybercriminals compromise your computer. If it looks suspicious, even if you know the source, it’s best to delete or if appropriate, mark as junk email.
    • tax time 3.jpgOwn your Online Presence -- When available, set the privacy and security settings on websites to your comfort level for information sharing. It’s ok to limit who you share information with.
    • Think Before you Act -- Be wary of communications that implores you to act immediately, offers something that sounds too good to be true, or asks for personal information.
    • Help the Authorities Fight Cyber Crime -- Report stolen finances or identities and other cybercrime to the Internet Crime Complaint Center ( and to your local law enforcement or state attorney general as appropriate.

You can get more tips and advice in the STOP. THINK. CONNECT. section of our website. (

by Cyruis
on ‎03-26-2012 07:48 AM - last edited on ‎03-26-2012 08:43 AM by Moderator

Very nice post. I just stumbled upon your blog and wanted to say that I have truly enjoyed surfing around your blog posts. In any case I’ll be subscribing to your feed and I hope you write again soon!


on ‎03-26-2012 09:32 PM

Good blog!

Verizon at Home Blog
The first place for news of new Verizon products and services or upgrades to the ones you have. For service problems click here. Or check our Community Forums.

Please note: Please register as a member of the Verizon Community Forums to comment here.

About The Authors

Bob Elek

Manager - Media Relations

Photo of Maitreyi Krishnaswamy

Bob stays on top of developments and issues with Verizon’s Consumer and Mass Business segment from his home base in Florida. He has been involved with Fios since it was first being developed and deployed in 2004.

Alberto Canal

Photo of Alberto Canal

Alberto is in the public relations group. He loves to share tech, sustainability, feel-good, and random news of interest. A happy Fios quad play customer, he likes to use his family as guinea pigs.

Deidre Hart

Manager -- Media Relations

Photo of Deidre Hart

Deidre is a member of the consumer PR team and loves to talk everything Fios and everything football. She’s also a happy Triple Play customer.

Phil Santoro

Photo of Phil

Phil has been extolling the virtues of Fios ever since he had his Triple Play installed and can’t image how he ever managed without it. He writes about developing technologies that enable him to fuel his addiction to movies and sports whenever he wants, no matter where he is.

Caroline Wilson

Photo of Caroline

Caroline manages the Verizon Fios Google+ page, capturing the latest in entertainment, technology, sports and everything in between. She loves using social media and the written word to extend the Fios conversation.

Follow Verizon on Twitter

My Verizon

  • Check Email
  • Add or Change Services
  • Suspend My Service
  • Manage Services


Watch Fios