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It's tax time. Are you safe filing online?

Created: 06 Apr 2006 • Updated: 18 Dec 2012
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Well, it's April. In the United States, April means taxes. And in recent years, April means huge numbers of tax returns filing online. Last year over ten million tax returns were filed on the Internet. This year I expect the numbers to greatly exceed last year's.

Why do I bring this up? Tax returns in many ways are the poster children for the need for online security. Where else do you have all the information a criminal requires to steal your identity gathered together in a single, convenient place? Your return includes your Social Security Number, full name, spouse's name, and address. It says the banks in which you have accounts, whether or not you own a home, and even how much you make, so the criminals can more easily target the highest value victims.