Guess who’s tracking your taxes?

Filing your taxes in the US is not a completely private affair. One person using TurboTax, a popular online filing service, found there were eight trackers following his every move as he filed his taxes.

Well, maybe not quite every move was known as the information entered into TurboTax should be encrypted. But, just the fact that these trackers know that he was filing his taxes is unsettling.

Some of these trackers include Google, Doubleclick (ad company owned by Google), Amazon (CloudFront), AppDynamics, Demdex (Adobe), and Ensighten.

It’s not that these trackers are doing anything illegal.  But let’s be honest – who wants their every move online to be tracked. As Nima Fatemi tweeted: Each of these 3rd parties could share your data w/ 4th & 5th parties. Anyone in silicon valley @turbotax isn’t sharing your tax info with?

Good point.

With the Avira Scout Browser, surfers have the ability to cut the trackers out of their lives and secure their privacy. This is one of the reasons why Avira has incorporated Privacy Badger into Scout.

“We’ve got two tools:  ABS (Avira Browser Security) for classic trackers and Privacy Badger. Together, they should handle the trackers,” explained Thorsten Sick, Security Architect of the Avira Scout browser project. “We added Privacy Badger to Scout for specific reasons such as its ability to disable Twitter buttons when you visit a page and tackle canvas fingerprinting.”

At Avira, we want people to be secure about their privacy and remain safe from malware. Take Avira Scout for a test drive – all by yourself.

As a PR Consultant and journalist, Frink has covered IT security issues for a number of security software firms, as well as provided reviews and insight on the beer and automotive industries (but usually not at the same time). Otherwise, he’s known for making a great bowl of popcorn and extraordinary messes in a kitchen.