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Upgrade Your Password To Keep Your Tax Information Safe

Last updated on Monday, December 24, 2018

(INDIANAPOLIS) - The Indiana Department of Revenue (DOR) and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) urge individuals to upgrade their passwords to protect sensitive data online.

Any individual or tax practitioner who maintains any type of online accounts should use strong passwords to protect against savvy cybercriminals taking over their identities and accessing sensitive tax and financial data.

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) recently updated its guidance on creating a strong password, suggesting a passphrase such as a favorite line from a movie or a series of associated words rather than using a single password. The idea is to create a passphrase that can be remembered easily and protect the account. This means passwords like - "t6&j3#QR%5"- are out. Longer, personal phrases you can remember - for example- SnowCloudWhiteCold- are preferred.

NIST suggests three steps to building a better password:

To learn more on how to prevent identity theft, visit DOR's website and click on "Stop ID theft" on the left menu.

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