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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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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
Security Starts With You
New Regulatory Changes: Do They Apply to Your Area?

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Tuesday, September 9, 2008 - Almanac Vol. 55, No. 3

Computrace Best Practices

In recent years, the use of mobile computing devices, including laptop computers, has increased dramatically. Because such devices can easily be lost or stolen—putting both the device itself and data stored on it at risk—there has been a corresponding increase in adoption of security measures. At Penn, one security measure that is commonly used, and in some cases is required, is installation of Computrace software on laptops.

Computrace software has two major features. First, it allows authorized individuals to track the location of the laptop (or other mobile computing device) by causing the device to “call in” via the Internet at periodic intervals. With assistance from law enforcement officials, the information “called in” can often be used to find the location of the stolen device. In addition, Computrace offers a feature that can enable remote wiping of sensitive data if a device is lost or stolen. This capability can often protect the privacy of confidential data stored on such devices.

Best Practices have recently been developed to promote efficient and effective use of Computrace by Penn constituents. These recommendations can be viewed at, click on Computrace Best Practices.


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