How to Protect Yourself Online
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How to Protect Yourself Online

Do not open suspicious e-mails

IRD does not send notifications of a tax refunds over e-mail, or request that you update your personal information.
If you receive an e-mail that doesn’t address you by your first name and surname and then asks you to click on a link and/or disclose your details, you may well be revealing your details to a fraudulent website.
If you have received an e-mail from IRD that you consider to be fraudulent, please forward it to here. Action will be taken on each report received.
Anti Virus Software
Make sure any computer has anti-virus software, and that it is continually updated to check the contents of the files on your computer against the information it holds about known viruses.
Personal firewall and Secure Wireless Network
Make sure any computer which connects to the Internet has appropriate firewall protection to block any unauthorised connections being made.
If you’re using a wireless network, ensure it is secure.
Anti-spyware software
Make sure your computer has anti-spyware software and that it is continually updated.
Update your Web Browser
Using the most up-to-date version (not beta) of your preferred web browser, should reduce your chance of falling victim to online scams (also refered to as phishing), by displaying messages to alert the user.
Keep your software up-to-date
Make sure the software on your computer, particularly the operating system is up-to-date. Make sure you download and install updates regularly.
Keep your password and log in details secure
Keep your passwords and log in details secure, ensuring they are changed regularly. Do not write them down or tell anyone what they are, including IRD staff.