Safety Tips for Tax Preparation Online

Amidst the economic turmoil, 2009

In 2008, the IRS electronic system received almost 90 million tax returns . Filing tax returns over the Internet is simple and could spare some extra time and money that taxpayers would otherwise use for toiling intricate tax forms.

Still, without paying a close attention to the way a user manipulates his or her sensitive data over the World Wide Web, chances are to become the victim of an identity theft or have a third party filing tax returns or collecting refunds on the taxpayer behalf.

Users should beware in the first place of frauds and scams they receive via e-mail . Spam campaigns and phishing raids promising to eliminate tax debt, help the taxpayer with filing taxes for free or advertising some extremely cheap services from tax preparation companies are nothing more than trouble. Instead of saving a few bucks, users might get tricked into revealing their name, address, social security number, as well as the value of their income and their credit card details (for payment options) to cybercriminals.


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But spam and phishing schemes are not the only e-threats to be aware of. Trojan, spyware, adware, keyloggers and passwords stealers, botnets and other types of malware are to be feared as well. For instance, disguised as a Mozilla

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With a humanities passion and background (BA and MA in Comparative Literature at the Faculty of Letters, University of Bucharest) - complemented by an avid interest for the IT world and its stunning evolution, I joined in the autumn of 2003 the chief editors' team from Niculescu Publishing House, as IT&C Chief Editor, where (among many other things) I coordinated the Romanian version of the well-known SAMS Teach Yourself in 24 Hours series. In 2005 I accepted two new challenges and became Junior Lecturer at the Faculty of Letters (to quote U2 - "A Sort of Homecoming") and Lead Technical Writer at BluePhoenix Solutions.

After leaving from BluePhoenix in 2008, I rediscovered "all that technical jazz" with the E-Threat Analysis and Communication Team at BitDefender, the creator of one of the industry's fastest and most effective lines of internationally certified security software. Here I produce a wide range of IT&C security-related content, from malware, spam and phishing alerts to technical whitepapers and press releases. Every now and then, I enjoy scrutinizing the convolutions of e-criminals' "not-so-beautiful mind" and, in counterpart, the new defensive trends throughout posts on www.hotforsecurity.com.

Balancing the keen and until late in night (please read "early morning") reading (fiction and comparative literature studies mostly) with Internet "addiction", the genuine zeal for my bright and fervid students with the craze for the latest discoveries in science and technology, I also enjoy taking not very usual pictures (I'm not a pro, but if you want to see the world through my lenses, here are some samples http://martzipan.blogspot.com), messing around with DTP programs to put out some nifty book layouts and wacky t-shirts, roaming the world (I can hardly wait to come back in the Big Apple), and last but not least, driving my small Korean car throughout the intricacies of our metropolis's traffic.

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