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One Step Ahead: Almanac Security Tips - 2014

In each issue, Penn's Journal of Record, The Almanac publishes helpful tips and hints for dealing with information security and privacy matters. This page is a collection of all those published thus far.
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Table of Contents (view all)

Heartbleed OpenSSL Vulnerability
Security and Privacy Tips for World Travelers
Filing Taxes Online This Year? Take Steps to Protect Your Information!
If your computer runs Windows XP, you must update it now!
Why Should You Report Security Incidents? And How Do You Report One?
Photo and Video Privacy Issues
The Password is Dead, Long Live the Password!
Data Privacy Month: NSA Surveillance Panel at the National Constitution Center
Protecting Your Finances During This Year’s Holiday Shopping Season
Beware of Phishing E-mails in the Wake of Typhoon Haiyan
No E-mail from Penn Will Ask For Your Username/Password or SSN
The Children's Online Privacy Protection Act: Does It Apply to Your Website?
October: National Cyber Security Awareness Month; Free Secure Disposal of Paper and Electronics
What Basic Rules Protect Student Information at Penn? (September 2013)
Protecting Privacy and Security on Penn + Box

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Tuesday, September 12, 2006 - Almanac Vol. 53, No. 3

Managing passwords

How many of you forget which passwords you use when? In today’s world of increasing password use, here’s some advice. Create distinctive passwords according to four categories: 1. PennKey; 2. Other Penn Systems; 3. Personal (Most Critical); 4. Personal (Other).

1. PennKey. For many Penn systems, you will be required to create a strong password with the PennKey application. Never share your PennKey password and use it ONLY on Penn systems. Your PennKey password can be abused to access institutional data – and even your own sensitive data – so keep it to yourself. If you have shared your PennKey password, create a new one immediately by visiting If you need to have someone else access PennKey-authenticated systems on your behalf, talk to your Local Support Provider about getting proxy access for that person.

2. Other Penn Systems. Establish a second password for Penn systems that are not accessed via PennKey and password.

3. Personal (Most Critical). For your life outside of Penn, consider creating one or two long and complex passwords for your most sensitive systems, such as online banking and other financial systems or home or car alarm systems.

4. Personal (Other). Take as the remaining category your e-commerce activities and select one or two passwords for those activities.


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