Ohio taxation systems are said to be extra secure

Computer crime

(Cleveland) - As Ohioans prepare to file their income tax returns, the state of Ohio is promising that all transaction will be super secure. 

Jack Lewis, Senior I.T. Manager at the Ohio Department of Taxation says their systems have been hardened, and all data encrypted at the highest level to prevent hackers from stealing citizens personal information. 

In the past, crooks were able to get into the system, gather information, filing phony tax returns and stealing refunds. 

Lewis tells Newsradio WTAM 1100 the taxation department has been working with the Internal Revenue Service and other agencies, to put systems in place to prevent that from happening. 

Of course he says Ohioans also need to make sure their personal computers, routers, and modems are secure, that their operating systems have all the proper upgrades and patches, and that their anti-virus software is up to date.

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