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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, July 15, 2008 - Almanac Vol. 55, No. 1

Information Security and Privacy at PennĖ2008 Year in Review

For the 2008 academic year ending June 30, 2008, Penn experienced a sharp drop in the numbers of hacked computers and a respectable drop in numbers of alleged copyright infringement notices. The most serious security and privacy incidents were most often due to lost or stolen computers or portable data storage devices.

The number of hacked computers in 2008: 239, is down 63% from 2007. Reasons for the improvement include broader use of automated patch management software and personal firewalls and a gradual replacement over time of older insecure computers. If you use a desktop or laptop computer older than three years, your single most effective step to tighten security would probably be to upgrade to a new computer.

While the numbers of alleged copyright infringement are down 29%, itís still worth a reminder that illegally downloading or sharing copyrighted music, movies or games is a violation of Penn policy with sanctions for employees up to and including termination.

Finally, the loss or theft of portable laptop computers and storage devices like USB flash drives is a growing problem. Consider purchasing Computrace software to assist in recovering lost or stolen laptops.


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