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Online Filing, Tax Software, and Keylogger Vulnerability

by ParetoLogic Inc.

Tax software and Internet access have made the process of electronic filing a mainstay of tax systems around the world. Spyware - software that installs without the user's knowledge that may capture keystrokes, personal information, and marketing data and then report your information to a third party - is far more likely to intercept information that could steal your identity than viruses. While viruses and other malware caught by anti-virus software are usually intended to replicate and "take over" computers for use by the virus writer, spyware and keystroke loggers (typically called "keyloggers") operate silently in the background, reporting the information to a third party. Tax preparation software and electronic filings are high-profile targets for spyware and keylogger developers.

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