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Social Security Numbers Available Online Via Indexed Tax Documents

ZDnet posted this very scary article. The gist of it is that the author was able to find other people’s tax documents online. Those documents were posted online by the owners themselves. Obviously, the solution is simple – DO NOT STORE PRIVATE INFORMATION ONLINE! That’s about as cut-and-dry as it gets.

As one who keeps up with the cutting edge of search engines and advanced search querying, it is with much reservation and disbelief that I bring you the results of my latest online investigative research. As of 4/10/2011, I have discovered in excess of 50 tax documents containing any given combination of Social Security numbers, credit card information, names, addresses, tax IDs, and phone numbers being made available online. However, unlike recent leaks of email addresses and password hashes being made available due to hackers compromising systems, these documents are being unknowingly made freely available to prying eyes by the very owners of said information.

Sounds unbelievable, right? It gets worse.

To clarify, these are tax documents as they have been/will be submitted to State and Federal government: Names, addresses, income, phone numbers, credit card numbers (stored from e-filing), and worse of all, Social Security numbers. The latter is the most detrimental of all not just because of the individual filing their taxes having their identity potentially stolen, but because of individuals who have children that they use for tax credits. As any parent knows, you must include certain information about your children when using them for tax breaks; namely, their names and Social Security numbers. That takes identity theft into a completely different atmosphere since a child having their identity stolen most likely will not find out until years down the road long after the damage has been done and the perpetrator has vanished. The potential consequences of such ignorance are far-reaching.

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FreeFile Review – Google Docs

Google docs is designed as a free MS Office alternative for small businesses. Is there anything for the home user? Let’s take a look.

The only requirements are a free Google account (if you have gmail, you already have one), a modern browser (Internet Explorer 6 need not apply) and an internet connection.

The three main applications are – word processor, spreadsheet and presentations. All three are stripped down with only basic functions. The apps reside on the web, run in your browser and all documents are automatically saved online. Google gives 1GB of free online storage – more than enough for most home users. The interface has Google’s typical bland design. There is also a drawing application that may interest some people.

All of the apps perform competently, but are rather disappointing because of their lack of advanced features. Google claims that they are compatible with MS Office formats, however, to edit Office docs they must be uploaded and converted. These extra steps are hoops that home users don’t want to jump through. Also, formatting often gets broken during the conversion process. I had a 2 column Word doc get turned into a long 1 column Google doc.

The bottom line is that most home users will find little to like about Google docs, although the 1GB of online storage could be very useful. The collaboration features that business users like are of little value to home users and I don’t think that most people are quite ready for cloud computing. A full featured suite is still preferred.
The best free one is still Open Office.

Find out more about Google docs HERE.

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