This year, rather than going to a tax professional as I originally planned, I rolled my own return by using TurboTax Online. Apparently, there was a security leak last week. One woman was able to view tax returns from two other people with the same last night, presumably by tweaking a URL and guessing the password.
Well, this backdoor has been fixed, and the company claims that no other users have been affected.
Despite all the fear about identity theft through internet-related technology, I still believe SSL encryption is the safest way to fly. Low tech identity theft is much easier.
Updated March 21, 2011 and originally published April 11, 2007. If you enjoyed this article, subscribe to the RSS feed or receive daily emails. Follow @ConsumerismComm on Twitter and visit our Facebook page for more updates.