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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, April 29, 2008 - Almanac Vol. 54, No. 35

New Policy: Managing and Protecting PDA's and Their Data

Remember the days, not so long ago, when many of us walked around with two (or more) gadgets clipped to our belts—cell phones, Palm devices, pagers and others? Personal Digital Assistant (PDA) technology has advanced in just the last couple of years to the point where a single Blackberry, Treo or other “smartphone” device rolls all our “on the go” computing needs into a single convenient, compact package that has more computing power than the desktops of just a few years ago.

Of course, these devices are being used to collect and manage more and more sensitive and critical data, with the level of threats related to them rising as a consequence. Physical loss or theft are without doubt among the primary concerns, but PDA-specific viruses and other exploits are gaining more and more currency in the “hacker” community as well. Effective on April 15, 2008 Penn has adopted a new policy on the management and protection of personally-owned and University-owned PDAs that connect to and use University services.

Space does not permit a full discussion here of all the aspects of this policy, but some of the major security requirements and best practices include:

  • Password protection
  • Data encryption
  • Reporting of loss/theft
  • Device wiping in event of loss/theft
  • Use of anti-virus software (where available)
  • Backup of PDA data

Not all PDA’s owned and used by Penn people are subject to this policy, but regardless of whether yours is or not, please take a few moments to read the policy in full at:


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