AMERICANS filing their taxes this weekend have been warned against using public WiFi connections because hackers could exploit network vulnerabilities and steal your personal data.
Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody says scammers can take advantage of insecure public WiFi connections and if you enter tax information, they can steal all your financial data.
Moody released one announcement to warn its voters of filing errors that could jeopardize their private information.
The statement read: “Attorney General Ashley Moody advises Floridians to refrain from using public WiFi to file tax returns and when accessing personal and financial documents or apps online.”
Moody explained why public WiFi is dangerous to say: “Public WiFi networks are commonly offered by businesses, restaurants and other places that serve visitors.”
“Unfortunately, these networks are often insecure and hackers can take advantage of vulnerable connections.”
Moody said staying away from these networks could prevent hackers from stealing personal and financial information.
Hackers know millions of Americans will apply as the deadline approaches, and they will “use the opportunity to target inspecting taxpayers,” officials warned.
AARP explained some common public WiFi scams such as “Evil Twin Attack” and “Man in the Middle Attack.”
“Evil Twin Attack” is when a hacker creates a fake WiFi network with a name similar to a company’s public WiFi, and “Man in the Middle Attack” is when a hacker enters between a user and the network router to intercept data.
Both of these tactics can result in stolen information.
Attorney General Moody offered some important tips to protect information for those using a public WiFi connection:
- Do not file taxes or access applications that contain personal or financial information
- Never stay permanently logged in to accounts while using a public connection
- Use a mobile connection if it is necessary to access private information in public
- Access sites that begin with “https” instead of “http”, “s” stands for secure
- Install browser encryption features
That Federal Trade Commission has additional tips on how to use public WiFi securely.
The FTC also has one identify theft site for anyone who needs to report public WiFi scams.
For more useful information before tomorrow’s tax deadline, we shared how creating an online IRS account can help you finish your taxes before the crucial deadline.
And this could be your last chance to raise a $ 1,400 stimulus payment – check if you are qualified.
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