Columbia, SC (WLTX) -- With tax season approaching, you may question how secure the process is for filing with the state, especially after a hacking put the personal information of nearly four million people at risk.
The South Carolina Department of Revenue says filing early and electronically is the best way to do your duty and get a refund more quickly.
DOR wants taxpayers to know that electronic filing has been and remains a safe way to file.
As far as the security breach, DOR says stored data was compromised, not the process of submitting your return.
"Electronic filing has always been a secure method for filing your tax returns. We have safeguards that are put into place in order to safely issue these refunds and safely process the tax returns so we want tax payers to feel that their information will be secure going into tax filing season," said DOR Spokeswoman Samantha Cheek.
DOR says it has made changes and that are in progress. The agency also says it is in the process of encrypting all payment card industry information and personal identifying information as well.
"Each electronic filing vendor has its own secure mechanisms in place in order to safeguard taxpayers' confidential information. Furthermore, additional network monitoring has been implemented, and by the end of January, two-factor authentication will be in place which further secures the network," said Cheek.
As far as the IRS and its electronic filing system, the agency's website says the IRS use the latest encryption technology, saying electronic filing means faster refunds and better accuracy.