Cyber Security Tips and Tools

We hope that you will never have to deal with the impact of having your own or your client’s accounts breached by hackers!  In today’s online world safety and improved security are paramount, especially for business owners and tax professionals who need to keep your own and/or clients’ information confidential.

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M2M Credentials (Business User)

How to obtain ‘M2M Credentials’?

Upload to GovReports

  1. Login to GovReports account
  2. From the left side menu bar, click on “My Business”
  3. Click on New from right top and add the new business (for existing business Click on the corresponding business name from the list)
  4. On the top right corner, go to “Actions” (i.e, 3 horizontal lines)
  5. Click on M2M credentialsMy Business
  6. Click on choose file and select the M2M file(keystore.xml) M2M credentials(If already keystore is uploaded, click on update from right top corner and choose file)M2M credentials
  7. Enter M2M password and confirm password
  8. Click submit

M2M Credentials (Tax/BAS Agents)

How to obtain ‘M2M Credentials’?

Upload to GovReports

  1. Find ‘M2M Credentials’ from installed computer
  2. Log in to GovReports account
  3. .Go to Settings –> Lodgment settingsLodgment Settings
  4. Select M2M credentialsM2M credentials
  5. Click on choose file and select the M2M file(keystore.xml)M2M credentials(If already keystore is uploaded, click on “Update” from top right corner and choose file)Update
  6. Enter M2M password and confirm password
  7. Click submit

Google Authenticator is now available for Two Factor Authentication

You may already be familiar with Google Authenticator which is now added as additional security option to choose from as part of the GovReports Two Factor Authentication process.

This option is to provide that additional security setting option for you to add on to your GovReports account.

Similar to a token device used in banking, Google Authenticator is an application that uses the Time-based One-time Password Algorithm (TOTP) and HMAC-based One-time Password Algorithm (HOTP) to authenticate users without the physical token device.

To apply Google Authenticator on your GovReports account, you will need to install Google Authenticator app on your smartphone and set up prior to use. If you already have Google Authenticator on your phone from other software applications, then scan the QR code to use for GovReports.

To add and activate Google Authenticator as part of your GovReports login process, you will need to change your security settings and to do that, please login to your GovReports account as you normally would with previous Security set up.

From your dashboard goto,


Click on “Settings” on the top right corner and select “My Account”

In “My Account” screen, click on “Security Setting”

GA-My Account

You will find “Google Authenticator” and click on “Enable”

At this point, GovReports will display the unique barcode for your account as well as the manual code.

If you haven’t used Google Authenticator yet, go to Apps store on your phone, select and download Google Authenticator.

Open the Google Authenticator app and begin the setup process.

Choose to Scan barcode option and scan barcode generated from GovReports earlier. This step is required by users who used Google Authenticator with other software.

Then enter the code issued by Google Authenticator manually and complete your set up.

Once this is done, your next GovReports login will have 3 security code options to choose from including email, SMS text message and or Google Authenticator code.