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In IR-2018-150, as part of an ongoing effort to increase safety of computer data, the Service published the "Security Six." The publication provides six ways to protect your data. While
these six security measures are aimed toward tax professionals, everyone can benefit from the IRS computer security recommendations.
The "Security Six" measures include installing anti-virus software, consistent backups of data, two-factor authentication, data encryption, software firewalls and a data security
Anti-virus Software - Everyone should have an anti-virus software program on all computers, laptops and tablets. The anti-virus software
can be set to automatically scan files or directories. Most anti-virus software can also be used for manual scans. It is especially important to scan email
attachments or web downloads. Your security software should protect you from viruses, malware and spyware. The IRS urges you to be cautious and not download
"free" software, not click on email links if you do not know the sender and to be careful of opening attachments from suspicious email addresses.
Consistent Backups - You should back up your data regularly. This protects your data and, if your computer is infected with malware or... More