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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 Yearís 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, April 8, 2008 - Almanac Vol. 54, No. 28

IRS Warning: Tax Season Scams

The US Internal Revenue Service is alerting taxpayers to a range of scams aimed at stealing either your money or your identity.

Many of the scams reference either your tax refund or the 2008 Economic Stimulus rebate as an incentive to get you to fall for the scam.

Some taxpayers have received bogus e-mail messages that purport to come from either the IRS or the Social Security Administration. The messages request personal information that would supposedly expedite the turnaround time of a tax refund or stimulus rebate. Some fraudulent e-mail contains links to fake government websites that request your Social Security number and bank account numbers so that the IRS can expedite your refund or rebate. For the record, the IRS expects to issue Economic Stimulus checks sometime in May or June, typically within three weeks of when you e-file your return.

Some bogus e-mails advise recipients to download documents notifying them of supposed changes in tax law. The documents in fact contain dangerous keylogging software that will steal credit card account and password information.

Remember that when IRS employees contact you with a question, they usually do so through US mail or telephone, not e-mail. Donít click links or call agency telephone numbers in suspect e-mail messages. Instead, contact the agency directly using phone numbers from public directories.


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