Sites of the Week: April 19, 2015

“It does me no injury for my neighbor to say there are 20 gods, or no God. It neither picks my pocket nor breaks my leg.”

– Thomas Jefferson, Notes on Virginia, 1782

Factoid: Americans are five times more likely to commit suicide with a gun than to be shot by someone else.

The Washington Post

Now on to this week’s sites. This week, I’m sending out three ‘Site of the Week’ recommendations.

I recently learned I was one of millions affected by one of the many data breaches in the past year. Even if you have not been, it is important that if you don’t already have an account, you create one immediately. It’s easy and only takes a few minutes and can prove invaluable. Criminals are fraudulently creating accounts in taxpayers’ names to steal tax refunds. After creating an account, the thieves gain access to all of your earlier return data. With this information, it’s easy for them to create a fake bank account in your name and file a fraudulent return. You’re unaware anything is wrong until your return submission is rejected because the IRS records indicate your return has already been filed. An added benefit of creating an account is you’ll know now if anything is amiss. This happened to one of my wife’s co-workers who wrote “When I tried to create the IRS account I was told there was already an account for us. Clicking the link to reset the password should’ve sent a link to our email account to reset the password but we received no such email. I’m confident the criminals received it at the email they had registered the account with.”

To create your account, click the above link and select “Get Transcript Online.” Under Create a Login on the next page, click “Get Started.” You’ll then complete a 6-step process to create and verify your identity. You can then view your transcripts if you’d like, but the important part is simply creating the ID verified account with the IRS before a criminal does.

Ask Bob Rankin: Are Bluetooth Beacons Tracking You?

I’ve recommended this newsletter in the past. This column on Bluetooth beacons is a “must read”.

Find My Phone

If you have an Android phone, this should be of interest to you. This won’t replace Android Device Manager, but Google has made it easier to find your misplaced, lost or stolen phone. You just need to be signed in to Google with the same credentials as Android Device Manager on your device. See the article at the above link for details. Click the Google+ image in the article to see an animate gif demo.

Ernie Orr sez “Check em out!”


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