- End-User Authentication in Desktop Software: New this year, all individual users within a firm who login and access Intuit ProConnect desktop professional tax software must create and use a unique username and password. After 30 minutes of inactivity, re-authorization will be required.
- Stronger Passwords: Passwords must now be at least eight characters in length and include a combination of upper and lower case letters, numbers and special characters. Passwords will expire every 90 days.
- Captcha Technology: Captcha technology helps ensures a person is signing in, not a robot and has been enabled to help protect Intuit online products.
Expanded Security for TaxpayersIn addition to the multiple security measures Intuit introduced in prior years in its TurboTax® products, including expanded multi-factor authentication, Touch ID account authentication and customer notifications, this year, additional measures have been put in place, including:
- Trusted Phone Number: TurboTax is making it easier for returning customers to regain access to their prior-year account by logging in with a phone number. Anytime returning customers come back to log in to their TurboTax account, they now have the added option of using a verified phone number for a trusted device. Adding a trusted phone number - one that can be used to receive verification codes by text or call, provides an extra layer of security.
- Anti-Phishing: TurboTax is taking additional steps to fight phishing scams. In their account history, customers can now view security and account emails that come from TurboTax, helping them determine whether an email they received is from Intuit.
- Stronger Passwords: Consistent with IRS Security Summit requirements for all tax software products, TurboTax passwords must now be at least eight characters in length and include a combination of upper and lower case letters, numbers and special characters.