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Focus on Data Security: What to Look for in a Reputable and Safe E-File Provider

Focus on Data Security: What to Look for in a Reputable and Safe E-File Provider

As businesses conduct more activities online, the need for sophisticated data security grows. What about e-filing your 1099s and W-2s? You know the process is convenient and affordable, but how can you be sure it’s safe, too?

Certainly, not all e-file providers are alike — and it’s wise to question their security practices before you partner with them. With a greater understanding of the latest online security measures, however, you can more confidently select a reputable and safe e-file provider.

Security Starts with You

Before selecting an IRS-authorized transmitter, you should take steps to protect your data and strengthen your own internal processes. This includes:

Essential Criteria with a Quality E-file Provider

Working with only the most reputable, security-driven online providers is essential. By choosing efileACAforms for your 1099 and W-2 filings, you can be confident your data is safeguarded by the latest, most sophisticated security measures.

Our commitment to data protection includes:

1) Industry expertise
Businesses are as good as the people running them. As a leading IRS-authorized transmitter, we employ only the most qualified and experienced individuals. Collectively, our staff holds numerous certifications that set us apart in the industry, including Certified Expert Penetration Tester (CEPT), GIAC Web Application Penetration Tester (GWAPT), Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA) and Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP).

2) State-of-the-art data encryption technology
We use the best-in-class encryption service recommended by the IRS. Your data is converted to unreadable code that meets the highest privacy standards. Furthermore, your data remains secure and locked down via multiple firewalls.

3) High-security facilities
For any forms that need to be mailed, your data is automatically transmitted to our high-security print-and-mail facility. Primary and alternative data centers are designed to withstand an F-4 weather event, largely through building-within-a-building construction. Plus, the power grids are different for each data center as an added precaution. Multiple physical security measures — such as restricted key card badge entry, door sensors tied to a monitoring system and 24/7 security camera surveillance —prevent intrusion or unauthorized access.

4) SOC 2, Type II certification
Through an independent, third-party auditing process, we are certified compliant with the stringent Service Organization Control (SOC) data management protocols of the American Institute of CPAs (AICPA). Annual audits ensure ongoing vigilance with these ever-changing protocols.

5) Additional protections
For ultimate data security, we don’t store your credit card information, nor do we make it accessible on the site for future orders. We conduct nightly backups to disk at an offsite, company-owned location, and test our data restoration systems on a regular basis.

Choose efileACAforms for Industry-Leading Tax-Filing Security
At, we take necessary precautions to protect your data. As an industry leader and pioneer, we’ve made online processing of 1099s and W-2s convenient, affordable and, as outlined in this article, secure.

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