TAX TIP

My Tax Tip is for those who do your own taxes on the computer using one of the programs such as Turbo Tax or anything similar. Since you are putting loads of personal or personal business information on the computer, I have a 99.9% method of not having your information hacked. What I have been doing for the last 6 years or so is to place all the input infomation that you use and save, I save it on an SD chip (think digital cameras recording media) to record and save the information. I also use a laptop that I turn off the Wi-Fi connection. This way, when you are working on a stand alone puter, you also save your data on easily removable media. This way, if someone hacks your laptop, there is no persoal data on it, only the operable program that appears you have done nothing.

15 Comments

  1. Good tip, Yorkshire. I was pleased to note that this year’s TurboTax software no longer reveals the bank routing information that was included in past software versions. It continues to save the information, but it appears as a series of x’s, not the numbers, themselves.

    I once thought identity theft was more myth than reality, but I was wrong. It is an omnipresent threat that can’t be completely eliminated, but that warrants taking steps to prevent it, making your SD chip idea especially appealing. Thanks!

  2. I think all the new puters have at least an SD port. If not, there are like 15 in 1 readers that plug into a USB port. And after everything is posted, transfer it to a CD for filing. I have one CD with about 15 years of info on it.

  3. Dana, York, et al. I need some info on Perry, he’s started commenting at Pattrico’s site and today I outed him for threatening to inform on commenters to their employers. I’ve been poking around here the last half hour or so to confirm he’s still using Wagonwheel, but I don’t see him in current topics going back several pages.

    Has he been suspended again? What about Phoney?

    Any info is appreciated,
    Thanks and Best Regards.

  4. It went beyond insults, he went back to trying to post private information about others. Dana warned him, he ignored it, then got the Boot. For good.

  5. Can you point me toward the offending examples, the topic where the latest ignored warning occured? Thanks for the prompt response above.

    I’m not out to pound on Perry, he does a fine job of making himself an object of scorn, however after my comment about his suspensions for threats to inform on others I’ve been asked to provide verification.

    Threats to expose private information or to inform to employers are a touchy topics, especially so at Patterico’s Pontifications, Aaron Worthing and his wife both lost their jobs after Brett Kimberlin’s thugs started a campaign of intimidation and harassment.

    Long time commenters might remember that Perry once accused me on CCPT of employing a private investigator to snoop into his private information. Which was a complete fabrication, I never did any such thing, and Perry refused to apologize for the false charge.

  6. ropelight says:
    Thursday, 7 March 2013 at 13:56

    Can you point me toward the offending examples, the topic where the latest ignored warning occured? Thanks for the prompt response above.

    I’m not out to pound on Perry, he does a fine job of making himself an object of scorn, however after my comment about his suspensions for threats to inform on others I’ve been asked to provide verification.

    In the upper right corner is a search block. I just typed Perry and got a number of returns.

  7. Mostly I would just ignore Perry. He’s a turd. Kicking him out of here was the best thing Dana could do, even if it means no more lefties here, and thus less to argue bout.

  8. Dana, I don’t recall urging a ban on Perry, although I do believe he more than earned the two suspensions. Nor am I seeking to get him banned at Pattrico’s site, I too initially refrained from exposing what I knew of Perry’s misbehavior here.

    However, when I saw the same old Perry pulling the same old song and dance routines, pretending to be bridging gaps and seeking compromise when all he was doing was repeating the same tired old divisive double talk and idiot nonsense, I decided to expose him for the two-faced hypocrite he is. It was my decision entirely and none of the responsibility falls on you or anyone else here.

    You gave him every chance to behave himself, much more than I would have done, more than twice as much at least. I hope you find an honest and forthright liberal to balance the other commenters here, but then again I said pretty much the same thing when blu first showed up.

    Best Regards to all my old friends,
    ropelight

  9. Rope:
    I said pretty much the same thing when blu first showed up.

    A funny thing happened on the way to Facebook. Blu, or Jennie Johnstone is seen in two ways as I have observed.
    1. She still is into the Truther Mode and I believe she’ll never let it go, but
    2. Outside of the Truther stuff, she’s a moderate for the most part. I have seen her non-truther writing go from mid Left to mid Right. On some issues she’ll go fiercely Right.

    When I sent her a Friends Request, she warned me she was like she was on the old Blob, but there have been quite a few things she has taken my side or vice versa. When she gets on the truther thingy, I act like I’m out of town to maybe Mars.

  10. York, in the history of the techniques and strategies of Persuasion 911 Truthers have to go down as the example of how best to alienate those you’re ostensibly attempting to convince. Even the Heaven’s Gate cultists did a better job of making their case.

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