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IRS launches online safety campaign

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The IRS, the agency whose knowledge-based security failure exposed some 100,000 taxpayer accounts to hackers earlier this year, is now preaching the security gospel.

Every Monday until the beginning of tax-filing season in January, IRS officials said they will publish tips for taxpayers on how to “protect personal and financial data online and at home.”

The first installment, on Nov. 23, offered seven basic computer security tips, from using strong passwords and security software to avoiding unsecured public Wi-Fi networks.

The second installment, dated Nov. 30, urges taxpayers to avoid phishing and malware scams sent via email.

About the Author

Zach Noble is a staff writer covering digital citizen services, workforce issues and a range of civilian federal agencies.

Before joining FCW in 2015, Noble served as assistant editor at the viral news site TheBlaze, where he wrote a mix of business, political and breaking news stories and managed weekend news coverage. He has also written for online and print publications including The Washington Free Beacon, The Santa Barbara News-Press, The Federalist and Washington Technology.

Noble is a graduate of Saint Vincent College, where he studied English, economics and mathematics.

Click here for previous articles by Noble, or connect with him on Twitter: @thezachnoble.


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