3 tips about tax fraud prevention and privacy protection

This information was sent via email to faculty and staff on the U-M Ann Arbor campus, including Michigan Medicine, and at UM-Flint on January 26, 2017.

Hello U-M faculty and staff,

January is the kickoff to tax season with W-2s becoming available. Nationwide we again are seeing an increase in tax-related identity theft. Also, Saturday is Data Privacy Day, an international effort to create awareness about the importance of privacy and protecting personal information. With that in mind, here are three tips about tax fraud prevention and privacy protection.

  1. Beware of Attempts to Steal Your Personal Information
    Be careful of phishing emails and websites that try to steal your passwords and other personal information
    Recommended resources: Tax Fraud, Phishing & Suspicious Email, Don't Fall for Phish! Game, and Identity Theft
  2. Turn on Two-Factor for Weblogin to Protect Your W-2
    Taking this extra login step is the single most important thing you can do to protect your direct deposit information and W-2 in Wolverine Access, as well as your information in Google at U-M, Box at U-M, Canvas, and more.
    Recommended resources: Turn on Two-Factor for Weblogin and Video: Your Password Needs a Partner (1:49)
  3. Privacy—You are Your Choices
    Consider privacy settings and options rather than just accepting the automatic settings on your devices, in your apps, or in services you use.
    Recommended resource: Protect Your Privacy

Privacy is a cornerstone of our personal and civil liberties, and it supports the intellectual and academic freedom we enjoy at U-M. Learn more about privacy at U-M in the Privacy section of Safe Computing and in this video: Privacy - We Are Our Choices (2:21).

Sol Bermann,
Interim Chief Information Security Officer
University Privacy Officer

Date Sent: 
Thursday, January 26, 2017