Kaspersky, the anti-virus company, has some tips for avoiding identity theft at tax time:

  • Don’t use a public computer to file your tax return online. Public computers would be those at libraries, hotels, internet cafes, etc. (We were on a Hilton Hotel computer one time and noticed it had no protection and Internet Explorer hadn’t been updated in years.)
  • Don’t save your tax return to your computer’s hard drive. Use a flash drive or CD. Hackers breaking into your computer and searching the contents would not find any tax records.
  • If you use an accountant, make sure they’re on the IRS list of legitimate firms. To get this list, our friendly federal government provided the longest web address in the known universe. To find it, Google “Kaspersky tax tips.”

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