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Christmas is fast approaching. Now is the time where people spend hundreds of dollars on Christmas gifts for family and friends. Due to COVID-19, more people are spending money online. This increases the chance of having your personal information stolen. That is why it is important for any online interactions to be supported with online security.

Getting a security antivirus software program should be the first step in making sure that your online life is safe. Some of the top antivirus programs are Webroot, Norton LifeLock, McAfee, Bitdefender, and Kaspersky. Once a security antivirus software program is installed, it is smart to make sure that it is always turned on. Your security program should be able to detect when a website is secure or not. It is always best to stay clear of phishing emails and scams. When a website is asking for your birthday, social security number, or other personal information, then that should send up a red flag. Stick to the online reliable retailers that you are familiar with. Be aware of potential online threats to your personal information.

Always make sure to have proper software, avoid unsafe websites, and never give out your personal information. If you want more information about online security during COVID-19, please contact Lakeesha Browne, CPA. This information was brought to you by IRS Tax Tip 2020-163, which was posted on December 1, 2020.

“Tips to help people stay safe online.” IRS, www.irs.gov/newsroom/tips-to-help-people-stay-safe-online. Accessed 3 Dec. 2020.