Digital Tax Returns Can Tax Security

As April 15th approaches (technically April 17th this year), Americans prepare to file their 2011 tax returns. Many accounting firms and online tax services have switched to digital return creation — meaning you’re given a completed tax return in PDF form for safe keeping. While digital returns can be far easier to store and save, they do represent a potential security threat. Tax returns contain a host of sensitive information — including full name, address, date of birth, social security number and annual income — and should *not* be stored on your PC, Mac, tablet or smartphone in an unencrypted format. Malware that actively seeks personal information, especially social security numbers, is becoming more and more prevalent and tax returns are often a target.

MIT community members looking to find and secure sensitive information on their PC or Mac can leverage the software Identify Finder; provided free of charge by IS&T.

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