Sharing Is Caring: These Tips Can Help Your End Users Avoid Tax-Related Scams

As more and more Americans continue to turn to technology to file their taxes, there is — as with virtually all of today’s connectivity-driven convenience tools — an undercurrent of risk. But — as with other convenience tools — that risk is doing nothing to deter the use of e-filing methods. According to eFile, of the more than 135 million tax returns filed for the 2016 tax year, 92% were filed electronically. The IRS website notes a slight uptick over that rate so far this year; through March 16, more than 93% of the nearly 78 million returns received for the 2017 tax year were filed electronically by either individuals or tax preparers (an increase over the same time last year).

Research: The Industrial Revolution Left Psychological Scars That Can Still Be Seen Today

Executive Summary

Many people still live in old industrial regions, but it’s not clear what effects of that heritage linger. Given that these historical industries had dominated the economic and social life of these regions for such a long time, there’s a question about whether they also influenced residents’ personality traits – particularly those seen in the current populations living there. New research suggests that the massive industrialization of the 19th and 20th centuries had long-term psychosocial effects that continue to negatively influence the well-being, health, and behaviors of millions of people in these regions today. The study, an interdisciplinary collaboration between psychologists, historians, and economic geographers, examined whether people in former industrial regions in the U.K. and the U.S. demonstrated more markers of “psychological adversity” (i.e., higher neuroticism, lower conscientiousness, lower aspects of extraversion, lower life satisfaction, and lower life expectancy) than people in other regions. The findings show that a region’s historical industries leave a lasting imprint on the local psychology, which remains even when those industries are no longer dominant or have almost completely disappeared.

Americans Less Likely To Trust Facebook than Rivals on Personal Data

Opinion polls published on Sunday in the United States and Germany cast doubt over the level of trust people have in Facebook over privacy, as the firm ran advertisements in British and U.S. newspapers apologizing to users. From a report: Fewer than half of Americans trust Facebook to obey U.S. privacy laws, according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll released on Sunday, while a survey published by Bild am Sonntag, Germany’s largest-selling Sunday paper, found 60 percent of Germans fear that

Facebook and other social networks are having a negative impact on democracy

Best Unlimited Data Plans: T-Mobile, AT&T, Sprint, Verizon

It’s an interesting moment for wireless carriers. For the first time in years, unlimited data plans are available on all four major U.S. carriers (T-Mobile, Sprint, Verizon, AT&T), and provide shoppers with a lot of choice. Lead by T-Mobile, many of the new plans include new perks, like international roaming or access to streaming content gratis.