For this reason, new stronger standards are being implemented in tax software products for 2016. Those standards include:
- A password that has eight or more characters, including upper case, and lower case letters as well as numbers and a special character.
- New features include a timed lockout and limits on unsuccessful log-in attempts.
- You must complete three security questions.
- Tax software partners must verify email addresses. In many cases, this means a PIN will be sent to your email or text that you must use to verify your address before you can proceed with your tax software.
These are just a few of the new protections that will be in place for the 2016 tax season to protect you from identity thieves. Most of the protections we are taking may not be visible to you, but they will add layers of protection nonetheless, adding new and stronger protections during tax time.
While these are changes that are being implemented in tax software, it would be a good idea to think about these standards with all passwords that you create.
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