The Federal Trade Commision (FTC) estimates that as many as 9 million people
in the United States have their identities stolen each year. Identity theft
is serious. Some consumers victimized by identity theft may lose out on job
opportunities, or be denied loans for education, housing, or cars because of
negative information on their credit reports. In rare cases, they may even
be arrested for crimes they did not commit. (source: FTC.gov1
LZ Accounting recognizes the importance of protecting your personal data both
in electronic form and hardcopy. Much to our surprise, we found that popular
tax and accounting software did not have any built-in encryption. LZ
Accounting found a solution to encrypt an entire virtual disk volume, which
is where the software is installed and data are stored. The encryption
technology used at LZ Accounting is AES-256 (Advanced Encryption Standard). After the NSA
(National Security Agency) conducted a review and analysis of AES, the U.S.
CNSS (Committee on National Security Systems) announced that the design and
strength of AES-256 is sufficient to protect classified information up to the
Top Secret level. (source: NIST.gov2
If our computer hardware is lost or stolen, your information will remain inaccessible to the thief.
Hardcopy information is just as important to protect. All printed documents
are locked in a storage room, in a locked office, in an access-controlled building.
By learning techniques thieves use to obtain your personal information, you
can help prevent ID theft. The FTC offers good information on their website1