Criminals continue to steal large amounts of information from taxpayers. Thieves use the data to file bogus tax returns and commit crimes while impersonating victims. The IRS lists several steps to take to ensure your data remains private, beginning with enhancing computer security. Use updated software, a firewall, virus and malware protection and file encryption. Also, treat personal information as if it were cash. In other words, “Don’t leave it lying around.” For more steps to protect yourself and your data, visit the IRS website. © 2019

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“Here’s What Taxpayers Should Do to Protect Private Data.” Internal Revenue Service. February 21, 2019. Accessed February 26, 2019.